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Jimmy Hill would not be a happy man were he around to witness Coventry City’s fall from grace. His first stint in management began at Coventry’s Highfield Road and he guided the side from the Third to the First Division, their stay in the top-flight lasting for 34 years before they were eventually relegated in 2001.
Their fall has continued unabated since then however and following what has been an utterly dismal campaign they now find themselves planning for life in League Two next season. To be fair, The Sky Blues did their very best to avoid the drop with some impressive performances over the last few weeks. Nevertheless wins over the likes of Port Vale, Bristol Rovers and Peterborough United weren’t enough to lift the Midlands side out of the relegation zone and it was a case of too little too late as Coventry now face up to life in the fourth tier for the first time in 58 years.
It must be extremely hard for the long-suffering fans to bear. The move to the Ricoh Arena in 2005 wasn’t universally popular – far from it – however the decision to decamp some 40 miles away at Northampton’s Sixfields Stadium was beyond the pale for many fans and this was the point that much of their hard-core fanbase evaporated. News of a further move to Butts Lane near the city centre may meet with more enthusiasm however and one can only hope that this will prove to be a solid foundation on which to build the club back up.
As far as their closing two games are concerned, one feels that Coventry City will be looking to go out with a bang. They have shown plenty of fighting spirit in their recent performances and they will be anxious to avoid finishing bottom of the pile. Just a single point separates the Sky Blues from second-bottom side Chesterfield and a home win at the Ricoh could see Coventry City finally climb off the foot of the table. Will it happen. We believe that it will.