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"The Ricoh Arena deal is the best signing of the season. It has boosted us ahead of MK Dons." - Coventry City's Steven Pressley

22 August 2014

The City manager has also thanked the staff at Northampton Town FC for their hospitality during the club's time at Sixfields...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley believes the return to the Ricoh Arena is the 'best signing the club has made this season'.

The City boss has been preparing his side for the trip to stadium:MK this week after City's impressive midweek 2-2 draw against Barnsley.

The club announcement yesterday that Coventry City have made a deal to return to the Ricoh Arena and will play their first game at the stadium against Gillingham.

Speaking ahead of the MK Dons game tomorrow, the City boss has praised the impact the announcement has made on the squad, the staff and the City.

Pressley said: "It has been incredible. We've seen the reaction and the news of us returning has lifted the entire club and the city.

"Also, as a player, you want to be playing in the Ricoh Arena in front of as many as your home fans as possible so it is going to have a huge impact on the mentality of the side.

"The announcement has created a greater energy in the city which hasn't been seen here for sometime. It gives us an opportunity to build stability again and to progress the club.

"We've stripped the club back during my time here and now we've got a chance to build and move forward. It is definitely the best signing the club has made this season."

The Sky Blues travel to MK Dons to face a side who have already claimed three wins out of four wins this season against Gillingham, League Two AFC Wimbledon in the Capital One Cup and Chesterfield.

The City boss believes the trip to MK Dons will represent the club's most difficult test this season and also took time to thank the staff at Northampton Town FC for their hospitality during the club's time at Sixfields.

He added: "I know we've said that we've had a tough opening to the season and I believe we've done really well in our games so far.

"The win over Sheffield United was particularly positive and the point against Barnsley in midweek is something we can build on. I've looked at MK Dons and they've recruited well in the summer and picked up some good results.

"They always like to play it the right way so we know it will be a good game of football but we got a very good result there last season so hopefully we can repeat it.

"Also, it is important for me to thank the staff and the people at Northampton Town who worked tirelessly to make sure we were well catered for during our time there."

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