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"I've defended these players previously, but not any more. Certain players will be shipped out." - Coventry City's Steven Pressley

11 November 2014

The City boss has stated he will not be accepting a 'lack of passion and desire' at this football club and wants an immediate response...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has delivered a passionate but stern message to his players following the 2-1 defeat to Worcester City.

The Sky Blues are preparing to face Plymouth Argyle in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy following their FA Cup exit at the weekend.

City suffered a humiliating defeat to the Conference North side as Sean Geddes' brace put the Dragons into the second round.

Speaking at this morning's press conference, the City manager admitted that 'certain players will be shipped out of this football club'.

Pressley said: "I had a meeting with the players yesterday and told them exactly how it was. The truth is I'm a manager who continually defends his players.

"Relationships work both ways and I've got to see a mirror image of the passion I have in my players and unfortunately, in certain players, I'm not seeing that.

"Certain players will be shipped out of this football club. They will be banished from this football club.

"All the work our staff put in to make sure they've got the best chance of succeeding at this football club. They get everything they need here, the GPS, the proper preparation and all the small details from us which make the difference, yet they don't deliver."

City welcome the League Two side to the Ricoh Arena tomorrow night with tickets priced at just £5 for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy game.

Pressley continued, stating he believes 'certain players are in a comfort zone' and the 'passion and desire has to come from within.'

He added: "I think we've got players at this football club which it doesn't mean enough to. From my teams, the one thing I expect is a passion and desire. 

"Certain players are in a comfort zone and it is simply not acceptable. We went down with a whimper. Worcester wanted it more and I will not accept that. 

"It was a frank meeting yesterday and I told them exactly how it was. I've defended these players with my life previously, but not any more. 

"We need to see a response but at the end of the day, the desire and passion to succeed has to come from within and they need to show that."

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