Coleman leaves Coventry UnitedDate: 25 October 2017 at 15:41 by Peter Reynolds
Jamie Coleman has been released by United as both parties agreed it was necessary in order to give Jamie the chance of regular first team football.
Jamie has written this message to supporters:
Dear The Red and Green army,
I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you all for a truly special few years playing for your Coventry United.
From the very first moment I signed, I felt at home here with the many hardworking, committed and friendly people all pulling together to try to achieve something we can all be proud of. Your support to the lads and I over this period has been and continues to be, second to none and for that I thank you.
Like all good things though, sadly, they must come to an end. I am sure that Terry and the boys can deliver you the success your support deserves and I hope to bump into you at a game soon. All drinks gratefully recieved.
Thank you again for some of my most memorable times in football.
Jamie was interviewed for the match-day programme earlier in the season. This was the story:
Fresh from his red card at the weekend (perfect timing Jamie) we test out the defences of United stalwart Jamie Coleman.
"Three and a half seasons with United, and very much part of the meteoric rise up the divisions, Jamie is a true Red and Green. The Warwick man born just down the road in leafy Leamington made the switch from Sphinx and has never looked back.
“Everyone feels part of this club. If you lose, people don’t get on your backs they understand that you try – at previous clubs you can get the fans on your back. Here, you can play football and feel confident”, he says.
He adds “I hope that new fans that come along will go away thinking not only have we won but we played the right way; the team expressed themselves and scored good goals.”
I asked him the stock question ‘who is the biggest joker in the dressing room’ and to my surprise he responded ‘ME!’. “I’m definitely the loudest. In fact me and Rich Morris got separated in the dressing room.” Brilliant.
Like some of those interviewed before him, Jamie thought the that the most under-rated player is Gift Mussa – “he has been here a long time but still young, he has all he attributes – strength, fitness – he needs some guidance yet to hit the top but is a great raw talent. Despite his young age he has grown with the club and held his place”.
Jamie is coming up to 31 now but is happy, confident and playing well. He reflected that from time to time in his career he has identified moments, perhaps just a couple of years into a stint with a club, when he has gone stale and sought to move on – but not now. If he is going to go anywhere, it’s on holiday to his favourite place - New York; but if not, he is just as happy to wind down after the game with the family. Keep going Jamie."