JAN 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Hartson Says Sky Blues Deal Is Dead
Hartson’s move to Coventry City is now definitely off, and the
player has committed himself to staying with Wimbledon until the
end of the season.
for the £5 million transfer had been agreed, but Sky Blues’
Belgian striker Cedric Roussel refused to leave Highfield Road.
was supposed to make up part of the deal by moving in the
opposite direction, but dug his heels in over personal terms.
he pledged to stay in Coventry and fight for his place.
every other Sky Blues striker has been the subject of
speculation as a possible substitute in the deal.
appeared that Coventry were set on bringing Hartson to link up
with fellow Welsh international Craig Bellamy.
has told the Wimbledon official website:
far as I am concerned the whole Coventry thing is dead. I feel
sorry for their manager, chairman and fans - but obviously
they can't put anything together.
I need to focus here. I want to get back to playing and I
expect to be back in the squad for Portsmouth on
am happy to stay here until the end of the season and then in
the summer we will re-assess the situation.
have never asked to leave but I am fully aware of the
situation and last week I thought that I was leaving and I
took my boots home with me thinking I would be involved in the
game at Newcastle for Coventry.
as the thing dragged on over the weekend and I missed the
Preston game and the Cup game as I was left out after all the
speculation. I also missed the games over Christmas due to my
broken rib so what I really need is to be back playing.
need to be playing to get back in the Welsh side. I love
playing for Wales and if I want to be considered I have to be
playing at the top of my form for Wimbledon, scoring goals and
not hanging around waiting for clubs to buy me.”
Coventry are without Paul Williams and Craig Bellamy through
suspension for tomorrow’s game with Everton.
visitors are suffering a major injury crisis, and only have
eleven senior players fit enough to play.
[08 JAN 01] BREEN COULD GO AS
HARTSON IS ADMIRED