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Season Preview - Coventry City

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Vital QPR takes a look at Championship side Coventry City

FACTS & FIGURES

Founded: 1883 (as Singers FC)

Nickname: The Sky Blues

Ground: Ricoh Arena - 32609

Manager: Aidy Boothroyd

SELECTED HONOURS

FA Cup - Winners: 1987

Football League Second Division - Champions: 1966-67
Football League Third Division - Champions: 1963-64
Football League Third Division (South) - Champions: 1935-36

RECORDS

Record Attendance: 51455 v Wolverhampton Wanderers (at Highfield Road, FA Cup, 1967)

Record victory: 9-0 v Bristol City (Division Three (South) 1934)

Record defeat 2-10 v Norwich City (Division Three (South) 1930)

Record Buy: Craig Bellamy - 6,500,000 from Norwich City

Record Sale: Robbie Keane - 13,000,000 to Inter Milan

Record Appearances: Steve Ogrizovic - 601 (1984-2000)

Record Goals: Clarrie Bolton - 182 (1931-1937)

PREVIEW

Coventry have made a managerial change after what was an inconsistent spell under Welshman Chris Coleman, where despite useful spells they lacked the enterprise to secure a higher-placed finish.

While the Sky Blues put together a couple of positive runs, they never truly looked convincing in victory and a fresh approach was deemed to be required by chairman Ray Ranson.

Will Aidy Boothroyd be the man to bring the good times back to the Sky Blues, and lift them from their current malaise in the Championship - a division in which they've resided for nearly a decade?

Prediction: 19

This is where the unpredictability factor enters once more, can a new manager stimulate City to a higher placed finish? At present with the current crop of player it remains relatively unlikely.

Boothroyd, while doing an excellent initial job at Watford, hasn't set the world alight since leaving the Hornets and is now tasked with turning the decline at the Ricoh.

Should he rekindle City and his career it would be a surprise to me, but I still find this one tough to predict, and a bottom half finish seems most likely.




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