FEB 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Quit Threat If Help Is Imposed
Strachan could quit as manager of Coventry City if he is given a
“helper”, and Trevor Francis is being tipped to replace him,
according to reports.
Bryan Richardson is thinking of bringing in an experienced new
coach to help Strachan get through to the end of the season.
Daily Mail says that Strachan will walk out if this happens, but
Richardson already has someone lined up.
is thought to be Trevor Francis, who has been threatened with
the sack from Birmingham City if his side fails to make the
has guided the Blues to the Worthington Cup Final against
Liverpool next month - one more final than Strachan has managed
since he took the reigns at Highfield Road.
idea is similar to one at Middlesborough, where Terry Venables
has overseen a renaissance since coming in as Bryan Robson’s
City lost on Saturday by a single goal at home to Arsenal. Again
it was a goal towards the end of the game that caused the
defeat, as Dennis Bergkamp scored in the 78th minute.
Sky Blues are rooted second from bottom, and still have games
against five top clubs left to play.
avoid the drop it would take a string of excellent results at
both home and away.
Mail says Strachan would quit if Richardson imposes a
"helper" on him, but would not be opposed to
appointing another coach of his own choice.
has another four years to a contract he signed last March, and
would have to be paid up if he was dismissed.
the team’s improved performance since the terrible 3-1 defeat
to Everton has lightened the mood.
week’s cup defeat at Manchester City was seen as unlucky, and
the Arsenal game showed that the team could play with pride,
even if they could not score goals.
the Everton game we had everyone trying to sneak out of the
back door and not being able to look anyone in the eye.
it was not a problem. It was a disappointing result, but you
can't ask for any more and they have regained some of their
first half summed up our season. We did well and worked hard
but we cannot score goals."