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In the couple of months since I last wrote, things have taken a slight, er, downturn at Coventry City.

We missed out on a golden chance of Wembley, went into administration, thus were deducted ten points which dashed our play off hopes. We got yet another new manager, and had bitter disputes over both our stadium and training academy centre. Apart from that, things have been fine.

You have to have a certain trench sense of humour to be Sky Blue. Every day seems to bring a new calamity. Even when there is hope, it’s quickly dashed again. It’s like at long last obtaining your dream date only for your beau to go to the toilet halfway through the first drink, never to return. Fresh heartbreak is never far away.

But there is still a silver lining, an unlikely white knight on the horizon. This in the shape of the even more unlikely named, Preston Haskell IV. An American property tycoon, he has already paid a visit to the Ricoh Arena and is reportedly very interested in a deal. This kind of large scale investor is more or less our only hope of getting out of the unholy mess we find ourselves in. Its the same with nearly all football clubs now, success resting with the chance of finding a rich benefactor in search of a new toy.

American property tycoon Preston Haskell IV at the Ricoh Arena

American property tycoon Preston Haskell IV (centre) at the Ricoh Arena

At the moment it’s a case of looking to the kids. Teenager Ryan Haines was blooded against Brentford and did well. Academies are become more vital to most clubs as both a means of new talent that you can utilise and sell on. Even that is becoming more difficult as scouts from big clubs circle like vultures round starlets of lesser clubs.

Ryan Haynes debut v Brentford for 17-year-old left back

Debut v Brentford for 17-year-old left back, Ryan Haynes

If anything good comes out of adversity, it is that it seems to bring people together. The Sky Blue Trust has already gained well over a thousand members. Such bodies are becoming more important. At worse, they provide a means of valuable communication for fans, when some boardrooms operate like the mid-1970’s Kremlin, dealing only in minimum information. At best, club trusts can take an active part in what after all is their community club. At the time of writing, the running of Portsmouth looks set to fall into the hands of Pompey Supporters Trust. An ironic word as this only happens when outside investors have abused the trust put in them by supporters.

Coventry City Sky Blue Trust

Coventry City Sky Blue Trust

There needs to be something the paying customer can relate to. When I first followed Coventry away, legendary ex-captain George Curtis would be on supporters coaches selling scratch cards. You felt, to coin that awfully abused phrase, you were all in it together. Too often nowadays, fans are treated like an inconvenience, transfer fees for departing players are “Undisclosed”, like finances are none of our concern, so just keep contributing folks.

I hope our rich American saviour comes. It matters not if he thinks he’s buying a “Soccer Ball” team. That sort of thing has already been taken on board by Coventry fans, laughed at, enjoyed. For even in the darkest times, the football fan never stops cheering, giving, loving. And in these money driven times they deserve to gain greater reward than a few dollars more. Though we’ll take that for starters.

Post written by Rob Summerfield
Twitter: @RobSummerfield1

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