No Ricoh, No Problem
The Sky Blues start their first season in the championship after an eight year exodus on 12th September against Bristol City.
At the time of writing Coventry are about to face League One outfit Mk Dons in the league cup, both sides first competitive game since March. Therefore, I think this is a good time to try to predict how the season will play out. But before I do, here are some things that might affect our season.
Firstly, the Sky Blues will unfortunately be playing in Birmingham for a second season. This means that the City might not have the home backing of 15,000-20,000 fans that they could have at the Ricoh. However as there is currently no date where fans are allowed back in stadiums, City might not be as affected by the ground share.
Despite having the lowest wage budget in the league, the Sky Blues (including Wycombe) have been making big strides in the transfer window. At the time of writing, we have seen ten players depart and seven arrivals. Most notably, Coventry spent £1.35million for exciting midfielder Gustavo Hammer. The first time since the 2008 signing of Freddy Eastwood that the Sky Blues paid over £1million. Other additions, including promising players Tyler Walker and Callum O’Hare, is only fuelling the flames on the fans’ fire of optimism of the campaign ahead. The only problem within the side this year might be the lack of Championship experience. Mark Robins might need to add a few older players with experience into the team in order to guarantee survival.
With the surprising promotion of Wycombe and arguably three of the top four biggest teams in the championship being promoted to the Premier league last season, this promises to be one of the most open seasons in championship history. If Coventry can add a few more players I see no reason why a lower mid table finish isn’t possible.
I would urge all Sky Blues fans to enjoy the season ahead and keep showing their loyal support.
By Jamie Riley (age 16)