View from the South Stand - Coventry City 26/11/11
Brighton and Hove Albion host
struggling Coventry City on Saturday afternoon
at the Amex Stadium.
We spoke to the
Football League's Fan of the Year for 2011 Kev Monks
Coventry City Mad ahead of the Sky Blue's visit.
There seems to be a lot of discontent among Coventry fans
towards your owners at the moment, with one blog accusing
them of turning the club into "a laughing stock".
What is the story there?
had a Canadian entrepreneur on the board who came up with
the bizarre idea that fans could text in with which players
they wanted substituted! That for many City fans set off
even more alarm bells about the sort of people running Coventry
City and the relationship between the supporters and the
owners is at an all-time low.
We've got through our fair share of managers in recent years,
but since Gordon Strachan left you have had nine permanent
appointments since 2001. Just what is behind such a turnover
be honest, we have struggled to find the man who can get
the best out of the players he has had available and get
the team bringing in some consistent results. We've had
a mix of managers who have not been to the liking of the
Chairman, managers who looked good on paper but moved us
no further on and managers who have struggled when the going
Speaking of former managers, Micky Adams was great for us
in his first spell in charge and the less said about his
return the better. What did Coventry fans think of him?
to say that Micky Adams will look back on his time and remember
his time at Brighton more fondly than that at Coventry.
However, he's the only manager in the last ten years to
have City at the end of the season anywhere near the play-offs
and gave us something to remember in an other wise barren
spell bar cup wins at Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers.
After being a regular feature in the top flight for so many
years, you've now spent eleven seasons in the Championship.
Where do you see Coventry's natural position on the footballing
pyramid and do you think a return to the Premier League
a believer in the league tables being truthful and you are
where you are in the division because of your results. At
the moment, with our financial problems and owners more
happy to cut costs than bring in players, a return to the
Premier League looks highly unlikely unless there is some
massive investment on the horizon.
What difference, positive or negative, has moving to the
Ricoh from Highfield Road made to the club?
to a ground we do not own ten years later than when we needed
a new ground, has proved not to be the best thing for the
club. Whilst the Arena which will be an London 2012 venue
and a Rugby World Cup venue might be good for the City of
Coventry, as a home for the football club, playing at a
venue where your income streams are greatly reduced and
having to pay rent of around £1.2m a year has only
added to the club debts.
It's location is not condusive to many people in Coventry
and the walk-up that the more centrally located Highfield
Road enjoyed has disappeared as getting to a game, thanks
to parking restrictions and the lack of a train station,
has to be planned in advance.
extra costs in getting to a game plus the lack of atmosphere
has had its effect on attendances.
What would be a successful season for Coventry in 2011-12?
and simple, avoiding relegation.
Who in your current squad should Brighton fans be looking
out for on Saturday?
three youngsters in Conor Thomas, Gael Bigirimana and Cyrus
Christie, all are local lads and have come through the Academy
system before proving they can do a decent job at Championship
Coventry were lucky enough to have four visits to Withdean.
Are you looking forward to seeing our new stadium?
much so, This will be the third ground I have seen Brighton
play Coventry on and I'm looking forward to seeing your
new home. I was not a fan of the Withdean or any ground
with an athletics track round it as you are too far away
from the pitch and I'm glad that you are finally in a
stadium which more suits the needs of the club and its
How much do you know about Brighton?
from being the home of one of my favourite bands - Peter
And The Test Tube Babies and involvement with some of
your fan campaigns over the years, Brighton started off
with the same momentum which took you back in to the Championship
but have faded since. You have a decent manager in Gus
Poyet and some good players and if you can consolidate
a place in the Championship this season then there is
no reason why you cannot push towards the play-offs next
You are 23rd in the form table and we're not fairing much
better just two places higher. What do you think the outcome
of Saturday's game will be?
take a draw now and anything more than that will be a
thanks to Kev for his insight into the forthcoming fixture.
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