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Transfer activity has given us options

4 September 2013

Development Director Steve Waggott says deadline day movements give City a series of options

Coventry City’s transfer window business has given the club fresh options in the market, according to development director Steve Waggott.

The Sky Blues drafted in Andy Webster and Mathieu Manset during the window and worked right up to the 11pm deadline on Monday night in allowing players to leave by mutual consent.

That has given manager Steven Pressley fresh new options in the transfer market and Waggott is ready to move to help bolster the squad.

He said: “It was a good window, if not a great one.

“I had three main objectives – the first one was to make sure that we kept the group together that has started to the season so positively and we did that.

“We had a lot of interest but we were absolutely determined to keep everyone here and I was delighted to get to 11pm on Monday night having achieved that first aim.

“Our second aim was to add to the squad even further on the back of bringing in Andy and Mathieu.

“We were very, very close with another and we may revisit it as a loan option when that window opens but the manager is very keen to build a strong unity within the group so you have to be careful about the business you do in terms of loans.

“The third objective was to reduce the size of the squad. When we sat down after the end of the season, the manager wanted a smaller, more dynamic squad.

“It was nothing personal against the players who were not in his plans but tough decisions were taken in order to work towards the type of squad the manager is looking to create.

“With five more players leaving since the arrival of Andy and Mathieu, that gives us fresh new options in the market as the Football League has given us special dispensation to bring players in when others leave.

“We could go for five or, at the other end of the spectrum, we could go for just one as long as his wages amounted to no more than 75 per cent of the combined wages of those players who have gone.

“Also, we also have an option to recycle some of the money we have saved back into the current playing squad and offer new deals to some of our younger players who have impressed this season.

“That’s why it was, in my opinion, a good window because we have given ourselves a platform to build on and have a range of options to further improve the squad that Steven and his team have put together.”

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