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"The difference in a year in the progress of our young players is incredible." Coventry City's Darren Murray

17 December 2014

The Sky Blues coach also believes that the players have improved on their mentality, game management and tactical understanding over the past 18 months...

Coventry City Under-21s manager Darren Murray has expressed his pride in the development of the young players over the past 18 months.

Murray, formerly part of the successful Hearts youth system, joined the Sky Blues in October 2013 from the Edinburgh club and has managed both the Under-18s and Under-21s sides, as well as coaching the first-team.

The Scot believes that the young players have shown vast improvements in their attitudes, tactical understanding and game management over the past season-and-a-half and also praised the coaches hard-work which he believes has helped see a major change in the mentality of the young players.

"The difference in these young players in a year is incredible," Murray said.

"It's not so much their ability, they've had that, it's their mentality. That's something that the manager brought me in to do and huge credit must go to the players. We have small squads and it's not easy to play against guys who are older with more experience.

"I can't tell you how proud I am of the change in the improvements in the players' mentality. The gaffer and Neil changed it from the first-team down and it has all changed right through to the Under-18s, everyone's worked hard and that's why the Under-18s are top of the league and in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup. It's not because we've got better players, we do have some good players but it's because of their desire to succeed.

"At times it can be tough for them but professional football is tough. But the gaffer, Neil, myself, Brian and Jason are all working hard and we are so proud of our young players. Tactically they've improved and also their management of situations in the games has come on leaps and bounds. I can't believe how much change there has been and we're so much stronger, I'm delighted with their progress."

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