I can’t believe that my club could go down to the fourth tier of football.
As a Coventry City supporter since the halcyon days of Jimmy Hill I’ve been through all the highs and lows of following my beloved Sky Blues, but leaving the Ricoh Arena on Saturday after losing to fellow strugglers Crewe I felt really low at the thought that my club could get relegated next week to League Two.
Seeking solace in the pub with fellow City fans who were as depressed as I was I tried to find comfort in alcohol but the booze made me feel even more morose, especially when I heard that teams below us had all won leaving us in the position of needing at least a point away at Crawley on the final match of the season on Sunday.
Some bloke in the pub who wasn’t a football fan asked me why were we all so bloody miserable?
Only a non-football fan would ask a question like that wouldn’t he? But that’s what this game we all love so much can do to you as at the moment I feel like I’m awaiting bad news and there’s sod all I can do about it but steel myself and take it like a man if the worst thing does happen.
That sounds like a bereavement is about to occur and in a way it is, as relegation to the fourth tier of football could be the death of Coventry City Football Club and be the final nail in the coffin.
Yet in football as in life you only get what you deserve in the end so if we do go down it’s because that’s where our performances have led us and you have to take it on the chin.
But why has it all gone so wrong for the Sky Blues who have played Premier League football and won the F.A.Cup and play home games in a 32,000 seater stadium? City fans like myself who watched us throughout a record breaking 34 consecutive seasons in the top flight of football and as a club that was a founder member of the Premier League would say the reason we are where we are is because we sell all our best players and secondly we should have stayed at our previous ground Highfield Road, our home for 106 years.
Since moving to the Ricoh Arena ten years ago we have achieved nothing and only the hardcore supporters bother to turn up these days. Add to this having owners who have no idea how to run a football club as they are a two bit hedge fund with an office in Mayfair in London whose owner is a woman who spends all her time in the Cayman Islands instead of ever coming to Coventry to take a look at the mess her inept cronies are doing to our club. Is it any wonder Coventry City are on the cusp of dropping down to League Two?
So put all of these things together and I’ve answered my own question as to why it’s all gone pear shaped. How on earth can you progress when you sell your top strikers, best defenders and number one keepers, replacing them with loanees who stay for a short while and then move on, have the owners from hell who love to take out financially but put nothing back in ? The only positive note I can end my article on is that in those 34 consecutive seasons we managed to avoid relegation 10 times on the final day of the campaign which showed there was a fighting spirit in those teams, but looking at this current squad who wear the Sky Blue they don’t appear to have the toughness needed to mount a fight.
R.I.P. Coventry City Football Club.