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More Ramblings From Seasons Past....

By CovSid67
March 3 2006


SEPTEMBER 2001
Dublin. Boateng. Huckerby. Keane. Whelan. MacAllister. Hadji. Hartson. And now, Chris Kirkland. Will the last CCFC star to leave the building please switch the light off please? But - the chairman would like to stress! - CCFC are not a selling club. And Victoria Beckham never mimes....

And do you notice anything about the above list? Not one defender! And there-in lies the problem - when it comes to the back four, GS hasn't got a clue! Williams and Shaw even look out of their depth in Division One - and the Premiership wages they are paid can't be helping the clubs situation either. The sooner `The Player Formerly Known As Tomas Gustafsson' is in the first team the better! And Gary Breen on crutches is a better option than PW or RS! They've not got an accurate pass between them. As hard as he tries, Mo Konjic cannot defend the entire defensive area on his own....

CCFC supporters never expected Division One to be easy, but it would be a bit easier if we stopped selling off anybody with any footballing ability - with the exception of poor old Magnus Hedman, who looks to have had his sentence extended following the sale of CK! And had Everton offered a decent sum of money for somebody rated as one of the best in the world (Toldo, Fiorentina to Inter, 16,400,000; Frey, Inter to Parma, 13million; Buffon, Parma to Juventus, 32.6million; even Richard Wright, Ipswich to Arsenal, 6million - and Everton think that a 1 million downpayment, plus payments based on appearances upto the value of 3.5 million is reasonable? Two words spring to mind - seven letters, with three `f's' in....!), even he wouldn't be here!

The club are penniless, groundless, and on the pitch, clueless. I'm not Lee Carsley's greatest fan, but he has been the most consistent player over the first four matches, and as a consequence, he looks likely to be the next player out of the club....! The club is stumbling from one disaster to another, and there is a huge air of pessimism hanging over the club while Richardson and Strachan are in charge. And GS seems to have one of the safest jobs in football, as the club could not afford to sack him, even if they wanted too .... and despite once claimimg he would walk away when the fun went out of the game, he's still very much still with us. Our chairman and manager do have a real bad habit of forgetting the promises they have made....

Those that think wanting GS out so early in the season is a knee-jerk reaction to a poor start are wrong! The first few years under GS's leadership seemed okay, but the last two have been a disaster. Our three biggest tests during pre-season saw us manage only severely deflected goal in 270 minutes of football, and with the exception of a very professional display versus Stockport, nothing looks to have changed at the start of this season....




JUNE 2001
Where once we sat proudly between Chelsea and Derby in our footballing divisions alphabet, we now sit between Burnley and Crewe - and suddenly the realisation that we REALLY were relegated has hit home! And where once we would have been looking forward to the next seasons fixture list coming out, to see when we would be playing the Manchester Uniteds, Liverpools, and Arsenals of this world, we now await confirmation of when we will be visiting Gillingham, Grimsby and Rotherham (somebody recently worked out that it cost Rotherham a mere 250,000 to get into Division One - how many millions did it cost CCFC?!?!)....

Last season was a disaster from start to finish. From the opening game (with a nightmare CCFC performance, rather than the performance of such quality Middlesboro supporters thought theirs was, that had their supporters thinking their season was going to be something special - wrong!), to the dour send-off that was CCFC versus Bradford (wake me up when it's finished please....). CCFC's football was of the worst quality I have ever seen in 34 years as a CCFC fan (though admittedly the first 9 months of those 34 years were from in the womb, so I didn't actually see much....!). I would like to think (and to quote `D:Ream'!) things can only get better. I would like to....

What team CCFC will actually still have to put out next season is anyone's guess (as well as who will actually be the chairman too....). CCFC's (supposed) best players are all being linked with other clubs (while the rubbish looks likely to stay), and most of the talk as to who we look likely to bring in revolves around CCFC old-boys (Huckerby, Dublin, Whelan, and Kevin Gallacher (who is at a price we can afford - nothing!!)). There are some decent bargains around that could do a job for CCFC, but so far we haven't been linked with any of them - just Villa deadwood....

I always have been, and - like most people who choose CCFC as their team - always will support CCFC, but the club are not doing to much to inspire confidence for next season (Selling/swapping the luxury that is Mr Hadji is a good start (though rumours of a straight swap for Joachim disturb me - JJ and 2 million+ sounds like a better deal!!)). Division One is full of sleeping giants (so they say!), so CCFC will have to show all the qualities that they failed to show last season if they are to prove the bookies right and return to the Premiership at the first attempt....

As a consequence of being relegated, there has been a slight change to the `Sky Blue Song'. The final few lines now read: Grimsby or Rotherham, Crewe or anyone (Anyone!), We shouldn't be playing them, But thanks to Strachan and Richardson, We're now in Division One!, City! City!




APRIL 2001
Just when you think it's all over bar the shouting, CCFC decide to join in....
Wales showed it three times, and now CCFC have once - get the ball to John Hartson, and he'll more than likely score! Some people still claim he's a couple of pies overweight, but I couldn't care less if he performs as he has done in his last three games! (Unfit? Three games in eight days, and still running in the 90th minute of the third one? Blimey, I can't wait 'til he's 100%!). Like Sean Goater (but with ability!), feed him and he will score!

Admittedly against Derby the football wasn't pretty, but I think 101% of CCFC fans would settle for performances uglier than Ed De Goey and Peter Beardsley's love-child - as long as there was three points to show for it at the end of each match! The least CCFC fans expect from their team is grit and determination, and we saw eleven players - instead of the normal three or four - displaying that characteristic last Saturday. Maybe we'll concentrate on how to play pretty football again IF we survive....

Boro', Man. City and CCFC all have to play Ipswich, Leicester and Manchester United, so those three teams could be the key to deciding who does eventually go down. Saturday April 14th (the day CCFC play runaway leaders Manchester United) is not a day I look forward to with great enthusiasm .... though maybe United's strikers will be as charitable as Derby's were! I won't hold my breath on that one though....

Despite the undoubted ability he has, Hadji's ban (for disgracefully spitting at a Derby player) could help CCFC in their battle against the drop. You can count his decent performances on the fingers of one finger(!) this season, so replacing the luxury that is Mr. Hadji with somebody more likely to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in can only benefit the team (I'm only a phone-call away Mr. Strachan....). Steven McPhee would have been a good option (as he seems to have nearly every necessary attribute to make the grade....), but for some stupid reason we've allowed him to go to St. Mirren on loan, with a view to selling him for peanuts....

Hadji's captains' armband should now be handed to Gary Breen, as he is virtually running the show anyway! To those people that think CCFC are heading towards Division One because we usually buy players from there, I would like to remind them that GB came from there, and he is world class! (Disagree? Ask the Dutch and Portugese forwards that have faced him in World Cup matches!). As the song says, `We All Dream Of A Team of Gary Breens....' - and if we had one/eleven, we certainly wouldn't be fighting relegation again!




FEBRUARY 2001
I sat at my keyboard, writing how I feared who was on GS's `new' list of targets now the potential signing of John Hartson was dead and buried (A list that included such nightmare scenarios as the return of John Gayle, Kevin Drinkell, Graham Withey, or any of the other goal-shy fops that once (dis-)graced Highfield Road), and how Tottenham were amongst the relegation candidates as they were unable to find the net, and what happens? Within hours, JH is parading his new colours, and Spurs rout Charlton in a mad 10-minute scoring spree! So I scrapped my second contribution to this site, and moved onto the third - and here it is....!

Unless one of the mid-table teams enjoys a slump of Mount Everest proportions, it already looks as though there are only five teams left in danger of being relegated - Middlesboro (Presuming `El Tel's' Honeymoon Period ends soon), Derby, Manchester City, Bradford, and CCFC (Though having visited their website after CCFC's thoroughly deserved 1-1 draw, West Ham fans seem to believe they are in trouble too, having plenty of gifted players, who cannot find the net....).

It doesn't take Albert Einstein to work out that CCFC are in real trouble. Most CCFC players and management are able to talk a good game (If Paul Williams could play like he talks, he would be wearing the Sky Blue of Lazio, not CCFC!), but as for doing it on the pitch.... They always say the right things, but just haven't performed this season. I'm fed up of hearing how `all the players are behind the manager' (most without knives!), or `how well the lads did on the training ground this week' (maybe we should play in yellow bibs on Saturdays!). And I'm fed up of hearing that bloody cliche, `We've got 14, 13 12, etc., Cup Finals to play....' - even if it is true!

We've looked more solid recently (since the disgrace that was CCFC v Everton), to the point where even Alan Hansen has been impressed!, and with Hartson finally here, we look as if we have a clue up front again - now if the FA would only stop selecting visually impaired match officials to take charge of our matches! I still haven't found anybody that believes JH's debut goal wasn't, and when even the opposition manager and the player that commits the foul says you should have had a penalty, you know that you've been robbed. Should CCFC be relegated because of Dermot Gallacher's failure to give that last gasp penalty versus WHU, CCFC should sue for loss of earnings!

GS might well turn things round and save us from the drop, and maybe that bloke that's trying to send himself into space with a rocket he designed himself will succeed too! (No sarcasm intended here - both things COULD happen....!). GS needs help, and like the win that GS claims will turn our season around (Since he actually said that, CCFC have beaten Leicester and Everton .... and still we find ourselves adrift, and second from bottom), he needs it yesterday! I have said for years that GS will not appoint a decent number two because he knows he will be replaced to easily if we enjoy(?) the sort of slump we are currently on .... Swallow your pride and save the club, Gordon - appoint somebody now!




JANUARY 2001
I was quite surprised when I came across the liv4now site to see that they never had a Coventry City section, then I watched CCFC v Everton, and presumed that most people thought: `If the players can't be bothered, neither can I....' To those of you who don't know about CCFC, we are famous for doing nothing, except escaping relegation on the final day of the season. That was until this season, when it looks like it's finally going to happen....

2000/1: THE STORY SO FAR....
Under-achievement on a grand-scale. Failing to sign some decent looking players, after telling the world their signatures were `in the bag'. Of our star players - who shone so brightly last season - most of them look as if they would rather be anywhere but Coventry this season. Team selection appears to be made the same way as the cup draws - everybodies name is put on a ball, placed in a bag, then drawn out .... surprised we've never had two keepers selected though.

THE PROBLEM(S)....
Our defenders don't know how to defend, and our forwards don't know where the goal is. Giving the captaincy to Hadji seemed like a great idea at the time, but he has hardly led by example this season (time for a change, me thinks). Our midfield took 20 games to create a chance for our forwards, and most of them seem almost incapable of having a shot themselves (with the exception of David Thompson) - last time Paul Telfer had a shot, John Major was still in power. Nobody wanted Paul Williams when he was available, so we kept him, and unfortunately we let him play. Apart from that, we're Championship material....!

THE SOLUTION(S)....
Well, buying John Hartson would have been a good start! Most CCFC fans haven't got over the shock of us actually being linked with a player who has actually scored goals in the Premiership (and a player over 4'6" too!), so when it finally sinks in that we've lost him, expect tears before bed-time! The Non-English players have admitted that they are struggling to learn the language, and trying to understand Strachan's version is making things even more difficult for them! An interpreter for GS might help....

THE NEW STADIUM....
Much like CCFC's team i'm afraid. It looks great on paper, and were the plans to reach fruition, we would have something to be proud of. The reality is, it looks as far away as Cedric Roussel's first hat-trick! Some progress has been made recently though - the club managed to buy 100 packets of grass-seeds at a bargain price in the sales. The rumour is that CCFC are set to tie-up a new sponsorship deal with the `Big Issue', and we might need their help in a year-or-two when we become homeless....

It's never been easy being a CCFC fan, but on the plus side, none of will ever go to hell. When we signed up we were told that by the time we die, we will have suffered enough! More soon....

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