Coventry City should play in
red shirts rather than the sky blue, then they might get the work permit for Muhamed
Konjic more quickly, says manager Gordon Strachan.
The Scots frustration at the length of time it is taking for the permit to come
through, turned to anger when he learned that Arsenal had beaten City to it.
The Gunners received their permit today for the Nigerian striker Nwankwo
Kanu, yet he was signed later than Konjic.
Today Citys manager Gordon Strachan said:
"Manchester United and Liverpool had no problems getting permits for Poborsky and
Berger. Maybe we should play in red shirts."
Strachan said that there had been a hitch because the players union, the PFA, asked why
the club needed to sign a Bosnian and wanted to know how many home grown players had been
Strachan said he had detailed the players they had looked at within their price range
and no one had been available. He had then looked overseas. Earlier this week Gordon
Taylor of the PFA said the matter had been cleared and the relevant paperwork had been
sent to the government ministry.
But the Department for Education and Employment said it had not received the paperwork.
Coventry have now lodged an official complaint with the Department.
They had hoped to give Konjic his debut against Liverpool last weekend, but now it is
doubtful whether he will be able to play even against Tottenham at White Hart on Saturday.