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'We will reduce the squad size'

18 April 2013

Steven Pressley wants to have a more tight, manageable group next season...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has confirmed he will be looking to reduce the size of the City squad over the summer period.

The Scot, who has an unbeaten home record since taking the City manager's job, brought Billy Daniels and Conor Thomas into the side against Crawley to assess their ability.

The City boss hopes to continue to use the last two games as an opportunity to see who he wants to bring forward with him into the 2013/14 season.

Pressley said: "When I came in, I knew I had six or seven weeks to assess the squad and see what type of players I had to work with.

"I knew it would be difficult to assess them in a first team environment but the 10 point deduction has given me that opportunity to assess my options.

"Of course I wanted us to fight for the play-off places but once the deduction happened, I knew it presented an opportunity. 

"Moving forward, I do believe we need to reduce the size of the group. I want a more manageable group, a hungry group. That is a group which can take the club forward and that is what I will be working towards."

City face Leyton Orient in the last home game of the season on Saturday at the Ricoh Arena.

Blair Adams returned to action this week with 45 minutes against the Strachan Football Federation XI in a 7-0 win. Pressley has been impressed by his recovery but believes the Orient game could be too soon for the left-back.

He added: "I was really happy to see Blair (Adams) on the pitch as that was really my first chance to assess him and see the style of play he has.

"He played 45 minutes and he performed very well but I think this weekend maybe a little bit too early for him.

"He may get a place on the bench and that is definitely in consideration. But the main thing is next season so we have to keep one eye on that.

"The last thing we want to do is play him at risk which could set him further back and hinder his progress working towards next season."

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