SEP 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Nilsson Wants The Top Job
City caretaker manager Roland Nilsson admitted for the first
time last night that he wants the job on a permanent basis.
The cool Swede has remained
tight-lipped since he was thrust into the hot seat after Gordon
Strachan’s departure a fortnight ago, but he opened up after
last night’s 1-1 draw at Barnsley.
“It's up in the air at the
moment but I think the club will be approaching me pretty
soon. We play Saturday but then we are free for ten days after
that, so there is period where we can discuss the future.
“I want the job – why not?
As long as everyone is happy on both sides. I am very pleased
with how things have gone over the last two weeks and I have
the boys behind me which is a good sign.
“If you’ve never been a
manager before it is hard to say 'yes I will take the job
straight away' because you don’t know everything that is
involved. But the past couple of weeks has shown me the role
that I would have as manager.”
The Sky Blues looked set for
their fourth straight league win under the Swede when substitute
Jairo Martinez fired them in front after 53 minutes. The
Honduran is the latest player to force his way into Nilsson’s
thoughts after being left in the cold since his arrival at
Highfield Road over a year ago.
He started the move which brought
about the opening goal and finished it by heading home from six
yards after Lee Hughes’ perfect centre.
But City could not hold on to
their lead and Bruce Dyer hit a 79th minute equaliser to
maintain Barnsley’s unbeaten record at Oakwell this season.
Nilsson was disappointed that the
Sky Blues had not continued their winning run but was pleased
his side had picked up a point at such a tough ground.
“I am still unbeaten as a
manager but we obviously wanted to win the game – that’s
just how it goes sometimes. The boys were a bit down in the
dressing room but Barnsley made it hard for us and battled
“I thought we were trying to
score too quickly and that meant we kept losing the ball when
we should have been hanging on to it for a bit longer.”