JS is OFF! COVENTRY UNITED | The Dugout #8

The Dugout #8

Date: 26 October 2017 at 19:41 by Liam Cook

CUTV's Liam Cook and Coventry United Assistant Manager Luke Morton go through this week's big topics including Jamie Coleman and Kevin Thornton's departures, the chaotic FA Vase journey so far, and the title race in the 8th edition of The Dugout

 

Liam - Let's start with the shocking news of Wednesday with Jamie Coleman leaving Coventry United. How was this mutual decision reached?

Luke - Terry and Jamie spoke briefly on the phone this Tuesday afternoon. Jamie didn't feel he got the answers he wanted, so myself and he had a chat at training on Tuesday evening. I told him what our plans were going forward. Jamie was more clear in his thoughts then, and said he would sleep on it before speaking to Terry on Wednesday. They had a chat and it was agreed that Jamie was further down the pecking order than he would like. With Jamie in his early 30s it was decided he would go elsewhere to get game time.

Liam - What will the management and the players miss most about the departing defender?

Luke - First of Coler is a top lad and was always great to have around the club whether he was playing or not. On the pitch he was a great leader, tough in the tackle and always gave us 110%. He will be missed. Unfortunately players leave and that's the sad thing about football, but we now move on as does Coler.

Liam - Coler's departure leaves Kyle Barnett as United's only recognised centre-back. Will there be new additions to the back line?

Luke - We are in the process of trying to bring in another centre half, so hopefully we can give you some news on that very shortly. That's not the only position we are looking to strengthen so keep a look out for new players soon.

Liam - Since our last chat another United favourite has left with Kevin Thornton heading to Hinckley. How much of a loss is the popular midfielder?

Luke - Losing a player of Kevin's class will always be a loss to any club, but Kevin thought at this time it's the right thing to do. We all wish Kev the best and hope he gets back to the form he showed with us last season.

Liam - The FA Vase certainly seems to be chaotic for Coventry United. A late winner needed against Stone, and another on Saturday against Lutterworth. You could tell what it meant to everyone involved due to the wild celebrations after Reid's winner...

Luke - We are certainly not making things easy for ourselves at the minute and Lutterworth gave us a real scare. We knew Lutterworth were a good side and they certainly showed that, but i thought our lads showed tremendous guts and spirit to come from behind and playing with 10 men to grab the win in dramatic style. The out pouring of relief was there for all to see with the wild celebrations after Craig's winner. The whole bench joined in with celebrations which shows what a together group we are.

Liam - Shepshed Dynamo up next. After beating Dynamo in the League Cup at Dovecote Stadium earlier this season, surely on paper this is a United win?

Luke - Shepshed are a tremendous side and in my opinion they go into the game as favourites, as their league form is a lot better than ours at the moment. With them beating the big spending title favourites Bromsgrove at the weekend they'll be full of confidence.

Liam - With other top teams in the MFL Premier Division slipping up in recent weeks, how important is it for United to take advantage if title ambitions are to be realised?

Luke - We just concentrate on ourselves and let others do the same. We want to get back to winning ways in the league and start climbing the table again.

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