OCT 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
COVENTRY v CHELSEA
Roland Nilsson's unbeaten
managerial run came to an end as Coventry came against a classy
Chelsea side at Highfield Road.
Two goals in the second half from
Gudjohnsen (56) and Forssell (59) reminded Coventry of the
mountain they still have to climb to back to the Premiership.
Despite being on the losing side,
the match was a milestone for last minute debutante Gary
Montgomery. The 19 year old number 3 goalkeeper was given a
start after Hedman injured a hamstring during the pre-match
NILSSON : APPOINTMENT IMMINENT
Nilsson's permanent appointment as manager of Coventry City is
expected to be confirmed in the next few days.
It is reported that a deal has
been agreed 'in principle' after intensive negotiations.
Full contract terms are still to
be finalised, but it would now seem highly likely that Nilsson
will be confirmed as the permanent successor to Gordon Strachan
before Sunday's Midlands derby at Walsall.
BOYS : WORTHINGTON CUP ACTION
Former Coventry sharpshooter Robbie
Keane hit the jackpot with a hatrick for Leeds as they
thrased beleagured Leicester City 6-0.
This match had another local
interest point as it marked the first team debut for midfielder
Matthew Piper, the brother of Warwickshire CC wicketkeeper Keith
In Liverpool's shock defeat by
lowly Grimsby former captain Gary
McAllister got the opening goal for the Merseysiders from
the penalty spot. Liverpool were undone however in the final
minute by a speculative 30 yarder from Phil Jevons which beat
ex-City teen star Chris
Newly prospering Craig
Bellamy scored the only goal in Newcastle's victory over
Barnsley. It was Bellamy's sixth goal of the season and he is
certainly showing form that was not evident during his spell
with the Sky Blues.
BOYS : STRACHAN FOR SCOTLAND?
Gordon Strachan is being tipped
as a favorite to replace out-going
Scotland manager Craig Brown.
Brown announced he was giving up
the manager's post he had held for eight years after Scotlandís
failure to qualify for the World Cup play-offs. He will be
staying on in the Scottish national setup as Technical Director.
Now the hunt is on for a new man
to steer the Scotland national side and recently departed City
manager Strachan is emerging as the bookies frontrunner.
Despite his dismal form with
Coventry commentators have suggested that Strachan would be more
effective running the national side where he wouldn't have to be
distracted by the day-to-day hassle of club management.
BOYS : JARNI BACK IN THE UK?
Croatian international, and short
time Coventry City recruit, Robert Jarni could be heading back
to Britain for a trial with West Ham.
Jarni joined City from Real Betis
in August 1998 for £2.6m. But less than two weeks later he was
on his way to Real Madrid after a change of mind. City netted a
tidy profit selling him on for £3.35m.
The Croatian midfielder has
failed to make an impact at his latest club Las Palmas and could
now be heading back to England if he impresses West Ham.
19's : MAN UTD BREAK WINNING RUN
The Under 19's unbeaten run since
the start of the season came to an end on Saturday with an away
defeat by Manchester United's youngsters.
The Reds won 3-1 with goals from David
Fox, who is the son of former Stoke keeper Peter Fox, Colin
Heath and Daniel Nardiello.
Coventry's only reply was from a
Lee Fowler penalty.