Coventry City – Does anyone care?

Another Saturday rolls around, and once again Coventry fans are left looking for something to do. The clubs decision to play their home games in Northampton has meant that most of the Sky Blues fans boycott the home games, leaving their weekends free to do whatever they please.

However there is only one thing that Coventry fans want to do. Watch their own team play in their own city.

They are being denied the chance to watch a young home-grown team who without the ten point deduction, would have been just one point of the play-offs. However recent form has seen just one win in seven, and the reality is the Sky Blues are now in a relegation battle, just 5 points of the drop zone.

Would they be in the situation if they played at the Ricoh? No. 1600 home fans turn up at Sixfields, just 10% of the the gates they were receiving at the Ricoh, This allows away teams to ‘take over’ the ground, and bully the young team on an overused and poor quality pitch.

But the problem lies deeper than a relegation battle. The FA Cup tie at Arsenal provided a platform for a protest. On the 35th minute, banners were raised with the word ‘WHY?’ on them. This was in reference to the fact that Northampton is 35 miles from Coventry. The footballing world applauded the protest,condemned the move and moved on. Because the Sky Blues do not play in the Premier League, the media do not care and nothing has changed. Coventry City still play in Northampton, being run by people with no consideration for the fans.

But onto the biggest problem of them all. The generation of fans that are missing out on supporting their local team, who will never feel the passion for Coventry that so many have. Being taken to a football game as a kid by your dad was how so many of us fell in love with the game. Either stood on a chair or sat on your dads shoulders just so you could see, this was where our passion was started.

But the passion is slowly fading for the 1987 cup winners. Supporters are getting on with their lives, going to watch different local teams. There are no young supporters falling in love with the Sky Blues and idolising their heroes.

For the City of Coventry, this is not just a temporary problem. why cov

2014 Football predictions.

2014 promises to be a great year for sport with the Premier League being the most competitive its ever been and a Brazil World Cup to look forward to. Here are my predictions for the year ahead.

World Cup

Winners – Argentina
Runners up – Brazil
3rd Place – Germany

Brazil will be very tough to beat on home soil however I tip Lionel Messi’s Argentina to pip them to the post. Argentina lost just twice in their qualifying, and I feel that this competitive football that they have played over the last two years will give them the advantage over the hosts, who qualified automatically.

It looks set to be a tough World Cup for the European sides as the tough weather conditions may affect their performances. Spain are still a strong force to be reckoned with however I feel that the young Germans, with upcoming stars such as Gotze, Kroos and Muller will be Europe’s best hope. As for England, a tough group means they will do well to reach the Quarters.

Premier League

Winners – Manchester City
Runners up – Chelsea
3rd – Arsenal
4th – Tottenham
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18th – Sunderland
19th – Norwich City
20th – Cardiff City

My tip for the title is Manchester City. Its agreed by many that they have the strongest squad in the league and they are unstoppable at home at the minute. Their away form is improving and Manuel Pellegrini seems to have the respect of his players, allowing him to get the best out of them.

In second I think will be Mourinho’s Chelsea. Jose seems to be getting the results without his team performing to their full potential, despite this, his team currently lie 3rd.

The other top four places will be very close, Liverpool, Everton and Manchester United will all be pushing for a top four place but I feel that Arsene Wenger’s experience, along with Mesut Ozil, will guide Arsenal into third. A top name striker to support Giroud may see them challenge for the title but i feel their is much more quality and depth in the Man City and Chelsea squads.

Spurs may be seen as a controversial choice for 4th place after the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, however with the singings they have made, and Tim Sheerwood at the helm, I feel this team could achieve this season. Sheerwood’s youth knowledge may push some of the senior players more as youngsters such as Townsend and Rose have already made an impact into the first team.

Liverpool, despite having the best player in the league, Suarez, lack other players with the ability to change a game. If they do miss out on the Champions League, despite singing a new lucrative contract, i cannot see a player of Luis Suarez’s ability staying.

Manchester United are depending on Rooney and Januzaj far too much, and I don’t believe their success will carry on under David Moyes as it will take time to adjust to losing such an influential figure such as Sir Alex Ferguson.

Of course it all depends on the signings the teams make, a world class player could be the difference between the title, and missing out on the all important Champions League.

Relegation

The bottom half of the table looks to be as tight as the top this year.

Cardiff are my favourites for relegation with the sacking of Malky Mackay. Fans unrest at Vincent Tan means there is a negative atmosphere at the club. With the appointment of relevant managerial novice, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer imminent, Cardiff fans will hope he can perform miracles in his first Premier League job.

Norwich seem to be a weak side currently with their summer signings failing to produce. Fans are on the back of Manager Chris Hughton as his side struggle to get results.

Sunderland are currently bottom of the league, and although things have improved slightly under new boss Gus Poyet, I don’t think their squad is good enough to stay up.

West Ham, Fulham and Crystal Palace will all be looking over their shoulder, but I feel they have enough to stay up.

FA CUP

Liverpool are my tip to lift this years FA Cup as in Suarez they have a player who can win a game on his own.

Champions League

I can’t see past last years winners Bayern Munich. Pep Guardiola’s team look invincible so far this year, and although I think Man City will perform well, I believe the Germans will be champions again.

So there are my Predictions for 2014. We wait and see what the year will produce.Image

Leo, the greatest ever?

The unstoppable scoring machine that is Lionel Messi is quite clearly a talent that is hard to ignore. The list of the records he currently holds is terrifying.

- First player in history to win 4 ballon d’ors

- First to win 3 European golden show awards

- Most hat-tricks in the champions league (4)

- Most goals in a single season (71)

- Most goals in a calender year (91)

and the list goes on, the question to ask is when will this end? By the time he retires will the little man hold every footballing record possible? At the time of writing he is just 9 goals of Rauls champions league record… at the age of 26.

His Barcelona record currently stands at 242 goals in 220 games. That is 1.1 goals a match. Stunning. The Assists are not to be ignored either as his constant work for his team-mates provide opportunities which make Barcelona such a tough team to defend against.

The only thing missing from his array of trophies and awards  is an international trophy and he has faced some criticism for not performing as well for his country, however he currently has 10 goals in 14 games for Argentina in their qualifying record and 37 goals in total recently surpassing the great Diego Maradona and Hernan Crespo.

Could Brazil 2014 be the crowning of King Leo? Image