SEP 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Three Points Wins The Top Job
Roland Nilsson takes charge of
the Sky Blues for tomorrow’s game at Gillingham knowing three
points could secure the permanent job as Coventry boss.
The Swede has led City on a five
game unbeaten run since taking over from Gordon Strachan as
caretaker just under three weeks ago and finally admitted on
Tuesday that he wants to take over the reins for good.
Nilsson will sit down with
chairman Bryan Richardson next week to discuss the future and
knows a win against Gillingham will improve his hand in any
But the 37-year-old is not taking
the match lightly and has warned his players against a repeat of
Tuesday’s draw at Barnsley where City took the lead but
conceded an equaliser with 11 minutes to go.
“I am looking at the game at
Barnsley as two points lost,” said Nilsson.
“We played well for 25
minutes in the second half and got the goal we wanted but
after that it was as if we thought we had won the game and
started to switch off – something you cannot afford to do in
“We know Gillingham will be
full of confidence after beating Grimsby and we will need to
be 100 per cent throughout the match to win the game. We have
had them watched and know a few things that we must be aware
of, but we must really concentrate on what we are supposed to
be doing if we are to take all three points.”
Mo Konjic should return to the
back four with Richard Shaw moving to right back and Nilsson
dropping to the bench.
Jairo Martinez will start the
game after scoring his first senior goal for the Sky Blues on
Tuesday night as Jay Bothroyd has not fully recovered from a
Meanwhile, Nilsson has urged
centre back Gary Breen to sign a new contract with the club.
Breen’s current deal runs out
in the summer and City’s interim boss says he hopes to see the
Irish international putting pen to paper shortly.
“Gary is a big asset to this
club and I would be very happy to see him sign. You would have
to ask him whether or not my staying on as manager would
influence his decision, all I can say is that I want him to