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League 1 Preview: Coventry City

14 June 2015

A look at what the Sky Blues will bring to the table in 2015-16.

We continue our look at all the sides Blues will be facing next season by delving into Coventry City...

Who are this lot then?
Coventry City, a former Premier League side who play at the Ricoh Arena. They've had quite a bit of turmoil over recent years with ownership issues and financial problems, but the Sky Blues will be hoping to keep on the straight and narrow with Tony Mowbray at the helm for the 2015-16 season.

Did they get up to much last season?
They survived on the last day – although it would have needed a surprise set of results to have seen them relegated on 3rd May. It was a troublesome campaign for the Sky Blues, with the major highlight being their return to the Ricoh Arena after spending time playing at Northampton Town's Sixfields Stadium.

Who's the boss?
The experienced Tony Mowbray (below) was appointed as City boss in early 2015 after Steven Pressley left his role as manager. Tony began as Ipswich Town interim manager in 2002 and two years later got his break when he was appointed Hibernian boss. After two years north of the border he returned to England and helped get West Brom back in the Premier League suring three years at the Hawthorns. A season at Celtic followed in 2009 and after a stint with Middlesbrough, spent two years out of the game before joining Coventry. As a player, Mowbray started off at Middlesbrough and appeared close to 400 times before moving on to Celtic and Ipswich.

Any stand out players?
Reda Johnson (below) is a big, powerful centre half who is capable to stopping opposition as well as scoring goals at the other end. The Dutchman arrived at Coventry last summer on a free transfer after leaving Sheffield Wednesday. John Fleck is the man who pulls the strings for Mowbray's side, the Scot having arrived at Coventry a few years back from Rangers.

Any links?
Current Blue Gary Deegan is an ex-Coventry man, having represented the Sky Blues over 40 times during his two years with the club. Other players to have plyed their trade for both the Blues and Coventry include goalkeeper Cameron Belford, Jonson Clarke-Harris, and, of course, Freddy Eastwood!

What's the ground like?
Coventry City moved into the impressive Ricoh Arena back in 2005, with the construction of the stadium costing over £100 million. With a capacity of over 30,000, it's one of the biggest in League 1 next season, and was used for some of the 2012 Olympic Games events.

How far away is the place?
A journey to Coventry is an 259-mile round trip for Blues fans leaving from Southend.

Any big name fans?
Members of the band The Enemy are big City fans, as is former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys. Other big name supporters include F1 bod Eddie Jordan and impressionist Alistair McGowan.

Good memories against them?
Southend United wins: 21
Draws: 12
Coventry City wins: 21

We're completely equal when you look back on the record between the two sides in the past. We haven't met each other since the back end of 2006, when we were both in the Championship, with the last game being a 0-0 draw in Coventry. Blues have failed to beat Coventry in the last four meetings, with our last victory against the Sky Blues coming way back in 1964 – a 5-2 Division Three win!

What are the odds on that?
Coventry City are priced at 7/1 with Sky Bet to earn promotion from Sky Bet League 1 in 2015-16.

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