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Coventry City F.C. spent the majority of the second half of the 20th century in the English top-flight. Their nearly 40-year-long spell ended in 2001, ranking 19th after five years with coach Gordon Strachan. Relegation marked the end of Strachan's stay with Coventry, and ever since, they've searched for a long-term replacement. The saving grace came in the form of Mark Robinson, who was signed as a manager in 2016 while the squad was participating in League One.
Despite his first season with the Sky Blues resulting in yet another relegation, he redeemed himself in the following campaign returning the club to the 3rd tier. It took him another year before he managed to rank Coventry 1st in the 2019/2020 cut short season. The 1st place guarantees direct promotion, and the fans were glad to see their club return to the Championship after an 8-year-long absence.
Coventry City Transfers
Dion Dublin from Manchester United for £3 Million in 1994 – The former Norwich youth academy graduate spent four years with Cambridge United, during which he impressed and moved to Manchester United. However, under Alex Ferguson, he wasn't able to become a part of the first team. Therefore, in 1994 the red devils were looking to offload him, which they did, selling him to Coventry City for £3 Million. Dublin's stay with the Sky Blues spanned four years in what would be the best period of his career, scoring 61 goals in 145 matches. While in Coventry, he was one of the Premier League's top goal scorers, which earned him a £8.6 Million move to Aston Villa in 1998.
Robbie Keane from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £9 Million in 1999 – Coventry bought the prominent Premier League forward from Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1999 for £9 million – a sum which at that time was a record for a teenager. In his debut against Derby County, Keane managed a brace. He had an excellent first season with Coventry, during which he played in 34 league matches and scored 12 goals. In 2000 he was bought by Inter Milan for more than double the price that Coventry had paid – £19.5 million. However, he couldn't settle in Italy, and in the winter of 2001, he returned to England on loan with Leeds United.
Callum Willson to Bournemouth for £3.7 Million in 2015 – Coming up through Coventry’s youth academy Wilson impressed everyone by scoring 21 goals in 37 league matches in the season of 2013-2014. This performance resulted in Bournemouth buying the striker in the next year. Perhaps Coventry undersold themselves a little by letting Willson go for just £3.7 Million, but it was in Bournemouth that he truly developed himself. In 2014-2015 when Bournemouth enters the Championship, he played in 45 out of 46 league matches and became the club’s top scorer after finding the net 20 times. He was instrumental in Bournemouth’s Championship trophy – a long-awaited title. In 2020 Wilson’s career continued when he was bought by Newcastle United for £22.25 Million.
Coventry is an interesting addition to the English Championship and any transfer news will be noteworthy. The club is involved in several transfer rumours and the gossip can be seen on our other articles.