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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.

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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.

Coventry City owner breaks silence

Coventry City owner, Joy Seppala has finally spoken out about the recent troubles the club have faced over the last 12 years.

Seppala has received the blame from Sky Blues fans since her company, Sisu took over the club.

During her reign, the club have received two 10-point deductions, two relegations, going into administration and moving the club out of the city twice to play home games.

The director of Sisu has had death treats thrown at her, her house being broken into and many protests outside her office and the Ricoh Arena.

She revealed her reaction to the abuse, “Our home was broken into. I wasn’t worried about me, more my family. My children at the time were very young.

“I knew the anger from the supporters.

“We got a call from security saying someone is in your home. I went upstairs to check on the children. I had to think very carefully about how they got to school. That was the most difficult part of it.

“I can tell you of hundreds and hundreds of abuse emails and letters calling me all sorts of names, incessant calls to the office and the various protests. It was very upsetting.”

Seppala went on to speak about how she feels about the club playing home games next season at Birmingham City’s, St Andrews, “It’s an absolute tragedy we’re playing in Birmingham, it’s not what we would ever choose,” she said.

“As I said, all we want to be is like any other football club being able to play in our own stadium but there are just circumstances beyond our control.”

Speaking to Sky Sports in an exclusive interview, the Coventry owner went on to say the situation between the club and Ricoh Arena owners, Wasps RFC, “We signed an agreement with Wasps that we would not litigate against them over the sale of the Ricoh. We agreed to terms.

“But then when they came back, they wanted us to sign something that wasn’t feasible. Not just SISU, but the football club as well, underwriting damages and costs that they might incur.

“It basically stripped the football club of its right to pursue anything. There was no chance we were going to jeopardise the football club, so it wouldn’t have the ability to exercise its own liberties.”

Mark Robins loves a transfer window

With the transfer window only being opened for a month, Coventry City manager has already made eight new signings.

Robins has been busy with revamping the Sky Blues squad for the upcoming 2019/20 season signing Kyle McFadzean, Marko Marosi and Ben Wilson.

As well as these additions in the past two weeks Robins has signed another five players.

The first out of these fives players was full-back, Fankaty Dabo from Chelsea on a free agent. An exciting new signing brought in from the Premier League side, as Coventry City assistant manager and the former Chelsea development manager, Adi Viveash, uses more of his contacts to attract more young, exciting Chelsea players.

The second one was winger, Wesley Jobello, who was signed for an undisclosed fee from Gazélec Ajaccio. A tricky, pacey winger, who won Ajaccio fans over, was a real steal for Robins as the manager looks to improve his squad with overseas players.

The next one to sign for the Sky Blues was centre-back, Josh Pask, who was signed from West Ham United on a pre-contract. The young defender, looks to gain more first team experience as he joins up with the League One side. The 21-year-old spoke about signing for the club, “As soon as I found out they were interested in signing me, I couldn’t not take the offer.”

Centre midfielder, Dan Bartlett, was the next one to follow, who was snapped up from Southampton on a free agent. The 18-year-old spent a trial period with the club and has reached an agreement to sign permanently. Development manager, Jason Farndon said, “He is technically very good and controls the tempo of the game from midfield and he also has the ability create goals and also score them, so he will be real asset to the group next season.”

The most recent addition is winger, Gervane Kastaneer, who was bought for an undisclosed fee from NAC Breda. The most exciting of all the transfers this summer was a shock signing from the Sky Blues. Head of recruitment, Chris Badlan spoke on the transfer and said, “Effectively, he shouldn’t really be playing in League One, he should be playing higher, he’s one where I know his agent really well and rang him up, expecting him to say no.”

With the recruitment of eight players already brought in from Robins, the job is still not over from the Sky Blues gaffer and the fans are in for a really interesting transfer window.