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Now is the time for Steven Pressley's to deliver

Coventry Editorial 19th Nov, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE CHORUS of boos is becoming an all too familiar sound at the final whistle and with a busy Christmas schedule just around the corner now is the time for the Sky Blues to turn their season around, writes Observer sports editor Steve Carpenter.

It proved to be yet another bitterly disappointing defeat against Notts County on Saturday that has placed the Sky Blues dangerously above the relegation zone, a position us fans have become all too familiar with in recent years.

The sad fact is that this is a club that has been spiralling out of control since it lost its top flight status in 2001, and perhaps even before that.

And since then the decline has been painful to watch.

That first season in the old Division One was supposed to be a quick stop-off, but look how that turned out.

11 years of underachievement from a variety of teams capable of so much more and it inevtiably led to another relegation in 2012.

Just like back in 2001, dropping into League One was seen by many as a quick stop-gap; a gap-year for my generation to take in some new stadiums, meet supporters and get a taste of life in the third tier.

But now it seems like history is repeating itself. Trips to Crawley, Port Vale and Oldham are quickly becoming an annual occurence.

Two seasons in this division could soon turn into three and with the standard of the league improving year-on-year who knows long the club will remain at this level.

Coventry City is a Championship club at the very least, but we seem to be making it hard for ourselves.

A few weeks back I wrote in this column that Steven Pressley is the man to take this club forward and I am firmly behind the likeable Scot.

Pressley himself when appointed said we the fans have been starved of success and that remains the case.

He’s understandbily been dealt a very bad hand since arriving in March 2013 but with the Sky Blues back at the Ricoh and what looks on paper like a squad capable of pushing for the play-offs, Pressley needs to show signs that he is the man to take this club forward.

A few more defeats will anger supporters further and attendances, which are already incredibly low, will continue to drop.

Soon enough this team must deliver or else like many managers before him, Pressley will be remembered in the same way as the likes of Chris Coleman, Aidy Boothroyd and Micky Adams, who all promised so much but delivered very little.

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