More lower league Specials?

Posted by on Jul 30, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments

One of our earliest posts back at the birth of this site in June speculated as to the future of Coventry’s dashing Liverpudlian left back Danny Fox. Lo and behold and he is now in possession of a contract with Glasgow Celtic Football Club and, who knows, perhaps an England run out in a couple of years’ time? Having already lost Fox’s ex-Walsall team-mate Scott Dann, Premier League bound with Birmingham City, this speculate and accumulate strategy has worked out well for the Sky Blues, but at what cost in terms of the team? The duo provided very rare highlights in a miserable, lacklustre season at the Ricoh. Only with the arrival of home town heroes The Specials did the place come alive – two weeks after the conclusion of the Championship Season.

In addition, January had seen the industrious Jay Tabb leave for Reading and the asset stripping noises are now at crescendo levels. Of those left, perky Icelander Aron Gunnarsson might be one of two sole remaining true trump cards, his Delapesque long throws and scorching shooting boosting a club whose only notable exploits of recent have been in cup competitions. It’s between the sticks that the other chance of solace lies, with Keiren Westwood the division’s probable best custodian. The fact that City’s most impressive performers have been cut price signings should be a lesson to the embattled Chris Coleman and like many, the Sky Blues would be well advised to continue with this policy rather than indulge in higher profile signings such as Freddy Eastwood and Clinton Morrison. Coleman’s nous and experience should keep them out of the third tier but that thirty year stint in the top echelon seems very distant now.

Rob Langham
Rob Langham (pen name: Lanterne Rouge) is co-founder of the defiantly non-partisan football league blog, The Two Unfortunates, a website that occasionally strays into covering issues of wider importance. He's 47 and lives in Oxford while retaining his boyhood support of Reading FC. He tweets as @twounfortunates and has written for a number of websites and publications including The Football Attic, The Inside Left, When Saturday Comes, In Bed with Maradona, Futbolgrad and The Blizzard as well as being nominated for the Football Supporters' Federation Blogger of the Year Award in 2013.

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