MAY 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Strachan Still The Man For The Job
City chairman Bryan Richardson today said manager Gordon
Strachan will remain in charge at Highfield Road after the club
were relegated yesterday.
Richardson also insisted
that the new stadium project will still go ahead and he urged
City fans to stay with the club.
The Sky Blues threw away a two
goal lead to lose 3-2 at rivals Aston Villa and that was enough
to send them out of the top flight for the first time in 34
Derby beat Manchester United at
Old Trafford and Middlesbrough managed a point against Bradford,
so City would have been down whatever result they had managed at
Strachan refused to talk about
relegation, preferring to concentrate on Saturday's game and it
was left to Richardson to assess the club's position.
"I feel exactly as the
fans do - I am desperately sorry and totally gutted. It is
certainly not for the want of investment and effort and it is
a tragic situation but I believe we will be the favourites to
come back up and if we do that, then next season will be a lot
"The fans know that in
Gordon Strachan they have someone who will always do his best
and really cares for the club - you can't just buy that.
"This is a great club and
we will all do out best to make sure that we come back up.
Staying in the Premiership for the last few years has been
desperately difficult and to do it for as long as we have is
"I would say to the
supporters, get behind Gordon, get behind the players and
remember that it is your club."
But Richardson also made it plain
that the rebuilding will start immediately and that could mean
several players leaving in the summer.
"I think we will keep all
the players we want to keep. If players say they are not too
fussed and don't want to play in the First Division then as
far as Gordon is concerned they are not the ones for us.
"If they are not prepared
to pull the shirt on and get us straight back then they are
not the players for us.
"We do have to sell a
player or two and we will sell someone we don't consider to be
crucial to us getting straight back up.
"We are going to be £15
million worse off and people will understand that we have to
make adjustments. We have got a very good board at the club
and they have put their heart and soul into the club. They
have also put in large amounts of money for no financial gain
and that support will remain."
Strachan also got backing from
Aston Villa manager John Gregory.
"I would like to have seen
them stay in the division but I don't think the blame falls on
us - they had 36 games before they played us here.
"I think Gordon is the man
to fetch them back up. I am not telling Mr Richardson how to
do his job but Gordon is the best man for the job and they
will be favourites to bounce back."