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Derby County skipper, Richard Keogh sacked for gross misconduct

Republic of Ireland international, Richard Keogh has been sacked by Derby County over his involvement in a drink driving crash, that’s resulted in two of his team mates arrested.

The 33 year old sustained a serious knee ligament damage that has ruled him out for up to 15 months after midfielder, Tom Lawrence crashed into a lamppost.

Both Lawerence and forward, Mason Bennett pleaded guilty to drink driving.

Keogh started his career off at Stoke City but failed to make an impact and went to Icelandic side, Víkingur on loan before moving to Bristol City; after only 40 appearances and four loan spells at Wycombe Wanderers, Huddersfield Town, Carlisle United and Cheltenham Town.

The defender was sold to Carlisle United for an undisclosed fee, where he went on to make 95 appearances.

After an impressive spell in League One, he was sold to Championship side, Coventry City, where he became a real fans favourite. He played every minute of every game for the 2010-11 season and scored his first goal for Coventry on the last game of the season against Norwich. He was voted Players’ Player of the Year at the end of the 2010–11 season awards for Coventry City.

Keogh played every game for Coventry since signing for the club, until his unfortunate dismissal in the game at home to Doncaster Rovers on 21 April 2012, which brought an end to a run of 91 consecutive games played.

Despite Coventry City’s relegation from the Championship, Keogh won the Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season at Coventry’s end of season awards. He also won the Players’ Player of the Year awards.

After a brilliant two year spell at Coventry, Keogh had to be sold for ongoing money problems the Sky Blues faced.

Keogh was sold to Derby and went on to make 355 appearances for the Rams. Where he won six individual awards as Player of the year, Players’ Player of the year and Supporters’ Player of the year.

In a statement regarding Keogh leaving Derby, the Championship club said that they had “completed the disciplinary hearing regarding Richard Keogh in respect of his involvement in the events of Tuesday 24th September” and that his contract had been “terminated with immediate effect”.

“As we have said from the outset, the club will not tolerate any of its players or staff behaving in a manner which puts themselves, their colleagues, and members of the general public at risk of injury or worse, or which brings the club into disrepute,”

However, Keogh was not driving either car and was just a passenger. Lawerence and Bennett, who were both driving, were fined six weeks’ wages by the club, while Derby magistrates’ court ordered the players to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work, gave them a 12-month community order and banned them from driving for two years.

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The Three Invincible’s

With the new football season in full swing, the tables are beginning to take shape.

The 92 teams are experiencing the highs and lows of English football; from the thrill of winning to the shared spoils of a draw and to the heartache of defeat.

However, three teams have only experienced the thrill of winning and the shared spoils of a draw so far this season as Liverpool (Premier League), Ipswich Town and Coventry City (both League One) still remain unbeaten.

Liverpool

Liverpool started off the campaign with a load of confidence after comfortable wins against Norwich City, Arsenal, Burnley and Newcastle United. With the formidable trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino in their usual form.

Two of the dynamic trio (Firmino, left and Mané, right)

The question is; will Liverpool remain unbeaten this season? The simple answer is, no.

Since the poor display in their 2-0 UEFA Champions League defeat to Napoli, Liverpool have scrapped wins against Chelsea, MK Dons (in the League Cup), Sheffield United and Red Bull Salzburg (in the Champions League).

It seems like Liverpool have been worked out by teams and thanks to Adrian in goal they have managed to keep an unbeaten record this season, but the signs are showing that a league defeat is on the horizon.

Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town are another team unbeaten this season and are enjoying themselves at the top of League One.

With goals coming in thick and fast from star signing, James Norwood, the Tractor Boys look to dominate League One this season.

James Norwood enjoying his first season at Ipswich

With Paul Lambert’s side facing third place, Fleetwood Town, it could put an end to a terrific unbeaten start to the campaign; but that won’t distract them staying at the top of the table for the majority of the season.

Coventry City

This is the second best start to a season Coventry City have had in their history and are just five games away from the record which was set in 1937.

Under their manager, Mark Robins, the Sky Blues look like a force to be reckoned with.

Mark Robins has put the faith back into the Coventry faithful

Their temporary home, St Andrews is becoming a fortress and already having 11 different scorers in the league so far, City are definitely the team to beat.

The Sky Blues face a tough task away to Rotherham United tomorrow afternoon, if they lose then it would be an end to a brilliant start to the campaign, with all the ongoing issues off the pitch, the players have stayed focussed and now look like real favourites to go up this season.

The Sky Blues host Gillingham tomorrow

Five years ago this week seen Coventry City return to a packed out Ricoh Arena when they faced tomorrows opponents, Gillingham, after a years exile to Northampton Town’s, Sixfields Stadium.

Now the Sky Blues are playing at Birmingham City’s, St Andrews Trillion Trophy Stadium, against the Gills, with no Ricoh return looking imminent.

However, the Sky Blues have had a lot to cheer about in the opening four games of the season, with Mark Robins’ men unbeaten so far.

It’s been a very hectic week for the club, as they came from 3-1 down and nine men to draw away at promotion favourites, Portsmouth. As well as recruiting exciting prospect, 21-year-old, Callum O’Hare from Aston Villa, on loan till the end of the season.

Tomorrow, Robins will be without suspended Fankaty Dabo and Gervane Kastaneer, who both received second bookable offences at Fratton Park on Tuesday.

New loan signing, O’Hare is likely to feature in the match day squad.

Robins also revealed that winger Jodi Jones isn’t far off a return back from a serious injury, which he picked up at the start of last season.

Coventry’s opponents are yet to get the ground running this year as Steve Evans’ men currently sit 19th with two draws and one defeat.

Coventry City season previewing

The Sky Blues are heading into their second season in League One, after a successful return last year.

Mark Robins has brought in 10 new players, hoping that they can add fuel to the already lit fire, as Coventry look to reach the play-offs this season.

Robins has also sold 11 players and has loaned out three youngsters; Robins has had a big revamp with the squad and looks to have a master plan coming together nicely.

The gaffer will be looking at key players to step up this year and to guide the side into the players.

Skipper, Liam Kelly had a brilliant season last year and will be hopeful to continue that run of form this year alongside, Jamie Allen, who was signed for an undisclosed fee of league rivals, Burton Albion.

New goalkeeper, Marko Marosi, will also be a key player for the Sky Blues this year, as the Doncaster favourite last year turned down a contract to join up with Robins, the Slovakian will hope to impress the Sky Blue Army.

Veteran defender, Kyle McFadzean is the ideal replacement for Jordan Willis, who left for Sunderland this summer, with McFadzean’s experience and strong approach, he is a great addition to the squad.

New French winger, Wesley Jobello, who has caught the eye of fans during pre-season, will be a vital member of the squad, with his skill, pace and strength.

Fans favourite, Max Biamou, who has returned from a serious injury, is hoping to have a successful one and replicate his 2017/18 season.

There will be a few clubs looking to rival the Sky Blues this season for play-offs and promotion.

Here is a preview of the big hitters for this season.

One of the main contenders for promotion is Sunderland, who have already signed three former Coventry players this season; Lee Burge, Jordan Willis and Marc McNulty; as well as making other key signings, Sunderland look likely to gain promotion this season, after missing out last year in the play-off final, losing to Charlton. Prediction: 1st

Another rival for promotion is newly relegated, Ipswich Town, who have signed highly rated striker, James Norwood from Tranmere Rovers, the Tractor Boys don’t look like they will be short of goals with Freddie Sears also adding to the fire power. Prediction: 2nd

Peterborough United will also be aiming for a top two finish this season under Darren Ferguson, after finishing just outside the play-offs last season. Ferguson has brought in experienced players that’ll be key for Posh this year; with the likes of Mark Beevers, Mo Eisa, Christy Pym and George Boyd, who has rejoined as a club legend, the manager has made his intentions clear for promotion this season. Prediction: 3rd

Another contender to go up this season is Rotherham United, after a poor season in the Championship, Paul Warne and his Millers will look to make amends, a reshaped Rotherham side could give them the confidence to get straight back up to the Championship at the first time of asking. Prediction: 4th

Portsmouth are a club who are looking for an automatic spot this season, a team who beat the Sky Blues twice last year, have added to their already strong squad; by bringing in play-off contenders, Doncaster Rovers star striker, John Marquis. Pompey will be a real threat against Coventry and the teams up and around them this season. Prediction: 5th

Doncaster Rovers look to be the Sky Blues closest rivals for that final play-off spot, With the loss of their star goalkeeper, Marko Marosi to Coventry and striker Marquis to Portsmouth, Donny have struggled this summer but with the addition of Reece James from Sunderland and Madger Gomes from Deportivo Alaves, Rovers will still be hot on Coventry’s tail for that last play-off sport. Prediction: 7th

How are the Sky Blues doing in the transfer window

The Sky Blues are still very busy in the transfer window this season, as Mark Robins looks to set his sights on promotion back to the Championship after a seven year absence.

However, they are going to have to do it without centre back and academy graduate Jordan Willis, who has left the club to join Sunderland, following goalkeeper and academy graduate, Lee Burge.

Coventry have also sold striker Conor Chaplin to Championship side, Barnsley for an undisclosed fee, which has gave fans confidence in Bright Enobakhare returning to the club, now that Robins has a bit of money to play with.

The Sky Blues are also linked with Nottingham Forest striker, Tyler Walker, the 22-year-old and formed England under-20s man looks to sign on a season long loan with the club.

If manager, Robins manages to bring Enobakhare and Walker to the club, Coventry City have every chance of challenging for promotion this season.