Fail to win on Tuesday evening and Coventry City will be in League Two next season. Can they delay the inevitable?
It is hard to believe that until relatively recently the Sky Blues were long standing members of the Premier League, indeed Coventry graced the top-flight for some 34 years before tumbling down the divisions. Much has been written regarding their fall from grace and this only serves to highlight the huge pitfalls that await when one mismanages a football club.
Off-field turmoil has surrounded Coventry City ever since they decided to up-sticks and decamp from their long-standing Highfield Road ground and move to the soulless Ricoh Arena. A subsequent move 40-miles away to Northampton’s Sixfields further eroded a rapidly diminishing fanbase and Mark Robins’ side are now regularly supported by crowds of less than 8000, a far cry from just a few years ago when treble that number were turning up to cheer their team.
Attendances will almost certainly tumble even further when they make the inevitable drop to the bottom level of the Football League for the start of next season and Tuesday’s evening clash against Port Vale will almost certainly result in them making the drop.
Some seventeen points separate Coventry from safety and this is effectively unbridgeable – the fans know this as do the players. With little left to play we expect the Sky Blues to go down without a whimper this week. There isn’t even pride to play for, this evaporated a long time ago. Visitors Port Vale have struggled with their own disappointments this season and they too sit in the relegation zone, however three points this week will lift them out of immediate danger and finally put Coventry City out of their misery. Until next season that is.