As a supporter, in the days leading up to a game I always find it interesting to pop across to the opposition’s website to take a gander at how they view their forthcoming encounter against Cov.
Sometimes the way we perceive ourselves is very different from the way other clubs in our league perceive us.
Earlier in the week Telly1’s post regarding Coventry’s financial situation, while seemingly well wide of the mark, did bring home to those not in the know the fact that Cov continues to be on a financial precipice and reliant on the deep pockets of its Chairman and Board (who deserve far more recognition, and thanks, than perhaps they generally receive).
Unable to read with any understanding the most basic of profit and loss accounts, I was grateful to those who were able to so simply explain what the realities of the current financial situation are – not great, by any means, but by the sound of it slightly better than 12 months ago.
However, that’s not quite how other clubs see us.
Fylde, for instance view us as having…:
a fine stadium, a host of blue chip sponsors, a big city base and ambitions to get back to the RFU Championship as soon as possible. These ambitions have been given expression in a major development phase which began earlier in 2016.
An aggressive business strategy led by Chairman Jon Sharp is based on the utilisation of their Butts Park Arena assets and the development of various commercial opportunities in the city, including reaching a ground sharing deal to bring Coventry City FC to the Arena.
It paints a somewhat different picture; hardly one involving any sort of financial constraints.
If only it were as rosy as that.
And it’s not hard why visiting clubs, aware of local media reports and of speculation from around the National 1 circuit, might reach such a conclusion.
The perception is amongst many clubs is that we are in a far healthier position financially than perhaps in reality we are.
Although in reality we might be, given their own financial situations!
It’s all a question of perceptions.
However, the fact that other clubs see us as ambitious and forward thinking is probably indicative of just how much they would like to be in our shoes…
…sometimes there is a tendency for us to be our own worst critics.
On the playing front, Fylde are extremely positive about Coventry’s ability to move improve on their current results:
It will always be tough to build a squad substantially from scratch and get it playing in harmony immediately. There is little doubt, however, that the form of the squad will improve, given its talent and experience, and that the club will climb the table from their current 10th place, one behind Fylde.
early days, all the pieces will come together, Coventry are going to be a force in this league.
Roland Winter’s new coaches have an enormous amount of top level playing experience even if more limited time on the coaching front
shows a number of changes due to injury or unavailability
I’m on @Cowshedtim.
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