August 5 2008
Kieran Westwood (G) : Signed from Carlisle for a fee believed to be around £700,000, on a three year deal. A mere twenty-three-years old, and has already made 153 appearances for his former club (Having originally been released by Machester City). In three seasons at Carlisle, he won two promotions, a league title, made the play-offs, and a cup final at the Millennium Stadium. Was Carlisle's Player Of The Season last season, was named in PFA League One Team Of The Year last season, and also received a call-up to the Republic Of Ireland squad.
"I was always going to come [to Coventry City]. It's a massive club and the gaffer is Chris Coleman so I was never not going to sign .... I can't wait to get started" - Kieran Westwood.
Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (G) : Kept 25 clean sheets for Hartlepool the season before joining Coventry City, and started last season looking more than convincing. But like a lot of the side, his displays looked dodgier as the season wore on. Contracted to the club for two more years, though will possibly not last that long, as he is one of five keepers on the clubs books! Loaned out to Nottingham Forest last season, but knacked himself within minutes of his first training session! (If he didn't want to join them, he should have just said so).
Andy Marshall (G) : A fairly, solid, dependable keeper, though, having read his biography on various websites, the words 'inconsistent', 'costly mistakes', and 'relegation' crop up far to often for my liking! Started his career with Norwich, then became Public Enemy Number One by joining bitter rivals Ipswich. Former England U21 international, who - if memory serves me correctly - has one leg shorter than the other. Contracted to the club until June 2009, having signed up for another year during the summer.
"[Coventry City's] a great club and I feel that we have the potential to progress, especially under the new regime" - Ian Marshall (April 2008).
Danny Ireland (G) : The idea of said player getting near the first team would have scared the beejeebus out of me a year ago, but recent reports suggest he has massively improved! Still probably only fourth choice, but with the three keepers ahead of him all suffering from some injury or another recently, he could yet be called upon....
Neil Collett (G) : Coventry-born Academy goalkeeper who recently signed a one-year professional deal, having been with the club for eight years! (Due a testimonial in 2010?).
"I'm delighted to be offered a deal, especially as I'm a Coventry kid. I will hopefully get some reserve experience next season and be involved in and around the first team" - Neil Collett.
Danny Fox (D) : Former Everton trainee who Coventry City signed from Walsall on a three-and-a-half year deal for a reported fee of £400,000 (Choosing Coventry City ahead of Wolves and Leeds). Made an impressive debut in a 4-0 victory over Barnsley, and soon after made his England Under 21 debut in a 0-0 draw against Poland (On March 25, 2008).
"I'm an honest player. I like to get forward and help the attack. I don't shirk any tackles" - Danny Fox.
Gary Borrowdale (D) : Signed from Crystal Palace for £400,000, with said fee being decided by a tribunal (Possibly rising to £650,000, depending on appearances). Started last season looking like a bargain buy, though his form gradually deteriorated until the club decided to bring in a (Quality) replacement.
Marcus Hall (D) : Looked a fine prospect in his first spell with the club, but damaged his own Coventry City career after bravely playing through the pain barrier for 88 minutes in a match versus Arsenal, for fear of losing his place to a Ron Atkinson million pound+ signing/flop - and never quite recovered his form. Allowed to leave Coventry City for a few years while he regained his fitness. Also used as a central defender, a position he also occupied when he represented England at U21 level.
Elliott Ward (D) : Credited as being one of the main reasons West Ham were promoted to the Premiership, following their last stint in Division Two. Scored seven times for Coventry City last season: six times from the penalty spot, and once from open play. Solid, and usually dependable, but prone to swtiching off every so often. Looked far more solid with Scott Dann playing alongside him.
'I've left the biggest club in London to come to the biggest club in the Midlands" - Elliott Ward.
Scott Dann (D) : Signed from Walsall for an undisclosed fee, and also made his debut against Barnsley (As a late substitute). Upon signing Dann stated that 'it would be nice to get in the England U21 squad', and within weeks, his displays saw him receive a call-up! (Also as a substitute, versus Poland). Wore the captains armband in most of the pre-season friendlies, and, despite only just making the jump from D3 to D2, and being a mere youngster, has been captain for the forthcoming season.
"It gives me an extra lift going into games with the armband on because I know I have got to lead the lads out there and lead by example on the pitch .... I am fortunate enough that the gaffer has put faith in me and I am delighted to be captain of Coventry and I will try my best" - Scott Dann.
Ben Turner (D) : As with most Coventry City defenders, would probably look far better if he wasn't so over employed! Has put in some top class displays, but has also dropped the odd howler or two (Who hasn't?). Defintely worth persevering with, especially if the work he's done with Marlon Devonish in a bid to improve his speed reaps dividends. Made his Under 19 debut for England against the Czech Republic, and (Irrelevantly) studies law in his spare time. Has one more year left on his contract.