August 7 2008
Isaac Osbourne (M) : A quality display filling in at right-back in the final pre-season friendly versus Udinese a year ago saw IO spend most of the season filling the same position, usually looking less than convincing though. Far better in a central midfield role, though it's so long since he was given an extended run in said position that he's probably forgotten how to play there. An academy graduate that is contracted to the club until 2011.
"[Isaac Osbourne] is one of those players who can play anywhere .... he gives you everything. He has got a proper team ethic" - Iain Dowie.
Aron Einar Gunnarsson (M) : Icelandic international, signed from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar for an undisclosed fee on a three year deal, who has played more international games than club games! Was also wanted by Middlesboro and Hull, though opted for playing for a side that would be in the Championship this season, and hopefully the Premiership next, rather than the other way round. Watched on a number of occasions by the club before being signed, and a signing that excites Chris Coleman - and because he's not Stephen Hughes, will probably excite a lot of supporters too! Could be responsible for the splitting up of his own parents, as his mother has moved to England with him, while his dad doesn't want to come over!
"I'm here, I want to play, I want to make the group quicker and will fight for my place" - Aron Einar Gunnarsson.
Michael Doyle (M) : Former Celtic star that chose to join CCFC rather than spend time in their reserves - though would more than likely have been switched to right-back had he stayed and played under Strachan at Celtic. Criticised by a fair few Coventry City supporters, though we do usually look even worse without him. Looked average at best for a lot of his Coventry City career, though improved massively when Stephen Hughes was replaced by Dennis Wise. Has proper competition for his place this season....
Guillaume Beuzelin (M) : Signed from Hibernian on a two-year deal, having played for the Easter Road club for four years. GB was Chris Coleman's first signing of the summer, having failed to bring him in during January's transfer window. Nicknamed 'Boozy', though hopefully not for the same reason as certain players to have pulled on the Sky Blue shirt in the past! If reports are to be believed, he could be the midfield player we've been after for a number of years, being more than capable in defence, with an eye for picking out a quality forward pass too - which has to be better than watching the ball go sideways all the time!
"I can't wait to play and show the fans what I can do on the pitch" - Guillaume Beazelin.
Jay Tabb (M) : Signed from Brentford, where during his time there he was regarded as the player that helped DJ Campbell build his reputation, and earn himself a move to the Premiership (Where is he now?!). Was last years Player Of The Season (Not that the competition was particularly fierce!), polling eighty-four per cent of the votes. Scored six times last season in a disappointing campaign. Republic of Ireland U21 international.
"I'm only 24 so I've got lots of improving to do" - Jay Tabb.
Julian Gray (M) : Signed as a free agent for Coventry City, ahead of other interested clubs, on a two-year deal in the summer of 2007. Can play at left-back, or on the left-side of midfield. Not prolific as a goalscorer, though his main objective is to supply crosses for the strikers. Started last season well, though disappeared after that, and it wouldn't have disappointed to many had the club accepted attempts by Derby to sign him and assist their plummet back into Division Two.
"I don't feel I have got anything to prove to anyone. At the end of the day I know that I do the best I can every time I play" - Julian Gray.
Kevin Thornton (M) : A fans favourite, though as of yet, unable to make a first-team place his own. Not afraid of the ball, as many Coventry players seems to be, and always looking to move forwards, rather than run or pass backwards. Will probably have to make do with being a super-sub this season, but if he follows the advice being given to him by people at the club, will become a permanent fixture in the side soon enough.
Freddie Eastwood (F) : His signing ended a six month chase! Cost a bargain £1.2 million from Wolves (Where he scored a mere three goals .... or four, depending on which paper you get your stat's from), though sadly they didn't take Kevin Kyle as part of the deal - even when we offered to pay them slightly more money. FE is very confident in his own ability, and, upon joining Coventry City stated: 'I can be the new Robbie Keane'! He also claimed Wolves would have made the play-offs had he been selected more often, to quote (Again): 'I've no doubts about that'! Has scored four goals in nine appearances for Wales.
"Wherever I've gone I've scored goals .... I'm looking forward to playing games and scoring goals [for Coventry]" - Freddie Eastwood.
Clinton Morrison (F) : Another excessively drawn out summer transfer saga, with his joining the club having been 'almost completed' around a dozen times - finally completed two days before the start of the season. Aged 29, CM is at the peak of his career, and is definitely a better class of striker than we've been used to. Previously played alongside Leon McKenzie, a player who was rumoured to have nagged him until he signed on the dotted line at Coventry City! (Cheers Leon!). Has Premiership experience, and is a Republic Of Ireland international.
Leon Best (F) : Signed on a three-year deal in the summer of 2007 - apparently turning down the chance to earn more money elsewhere! - with the fee being decided by a tribunal. They ruled that the initial payment would be £650,000, with the fee possibly rising by another £500,000, depending on appearances (Which won't happen if Nottingham Forest get their way!). Handed in a couple of transfer requests in January (Possibly due to not getting along with Iain Dowie as well as he could have), which were rightly turned down, and went on to win Coventry City's 'Young Player Of The Season Award'. Also an Irish U21 international (Apparently).
Leon McKenzie (F) : Cost £1 million in 2006, when he signed from Norwich City (Who he allegedly left because of non-football related matters). Currently stands on either 98 or 99 career goals, depending on whether you believe www. soccerbase. com or The Coventry Times. Prefers to play as a striker, but like so many players in the squad, management have decided his best position is elsewhere (Which DIDN'T result in him throwing his dummy out of the pram) - though his position last season, after a decent start on the pitch, was mainly on the treatment table.
"When you get your chance you have to take it. Hard work is the main thing and as long as I keep that up I will always try to keep the shirt" - Leon McKenzie.
Michael Mifsud (F) : Maltese Sports Person Of The Year in 2007, polling 377 votes, a massive 133 more than second placed Darren Gilford (An athlete, apparently). Threatened to become the stuff of legends with a superb first four or five months of last season, terrorising opposition defences, and downing both Manchester United and Blackburn in cup competitions (His goals in the latter match earned him the 'Player Of The Third Round Award'). Then decided to throw his dummy out of the pram after being almost permanently switched to right midfield, and would have already left the club if another club actually wanted him.
"[Mifsud] was like a little mosquito and he tends to be a real pain in the backside because once he gets round you there's no catching him" - Tim Flowers.
Robbie Simpson (F) : Signed from Nationwide Conference side Cambridge United for £40,000 (With the fee possibly rising to £130,000, with a five per cent sell-on clause also included), much to the annoyance of their chairman Lee Power! Scored on his debut five minutes after coming on as a substitute against Notts County (In a cup game), and made his full debut at Old Trafford against Manchester United! (In another cup game, rather obviously). Picked up a nasty injury away at Stoke.
Kevin Kyle (F) : Not part of Chris Coleman's plans, though seemingly not part of anybody else either! (Lots of rumours, but no move as of yet). Sent off twice last season, including in the match that saw his come-back from suspension for his first red card! He would struggle to be any more disliked by Coventry supporters, though would probably win them over if he could perform on a matchday as he does in training (Because apparently he's awesome on the training ground all week!). Good luck to him when he finally does leave, (Almost) wherever he might go.
"I'm getting paid to do a job and that's to get goals for Coventry City and do as well as I possibly can" - Kevin Kyle.