Coventry City may be doing
badly but there is no crowing from high-riding Nuneaton Borough manager Brendan Phillips.
Phillips was born in Foleshill, half a mile from the site of Coventry Citys new
stadium, and he admits to being a Sky Blues fan.
"Its quite depressing," he says. "I am Coventry born and I am a
keen fan of the Sky Blues so while I am pleased the Borough are doing very well, I can
feel for Gordon Strachan at the moment."
Ironically Nuneaton have applied for planning permission to build their new stadium
within two miles of Coventrys and Phillips says:
"It would be great to be so close to the new Arena 2000.
"We want to gain promotion to the Nationwide Third Division and that would put us
only three divisions below Coventry. To have two professional clubs so close together
would be great and would help us to achieve even greater things."
Phillips is one of the brightest young managers in the country and was awarded the
Non-League Directory Manager of the Year award when Nuneaton romped away with the Dr
Martens League Premier Division championship last season.
Now Borough are in third
place in the Football Conference, which is the equivalent to the Fourth Division of the
Nationwide Football League, promotion from which would take them into the Third Division.
"Its early days," said Phillips cautiously. "But we are pleased
with the way things are going. We revamped the whole system in the summer and brought in a
lot of new players, some with league experience.
"For instance young Andy Ducros, who was released by Coventry City, is doing
particularly well and we have a lot of players of Conference standard and above."
Borough hope to continue their progress to the top when they play at Scarborough Town