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"A player keeps calling me wanting to come here who's played at the top level, I'll make a call." Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

7 August 2015

The boss admitted he would be "daft not to take him" and also gave a pre-season message to the fans here...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray admitted in today's press conference that there is a player who has played in the top flight and Championship for his whole career that has repeatedly called him saying he wants to play for the club.

Mowbray wouldn’t reveal who the player was, but said he would be “daft not to take him” while also admitting he has to see if it will suit the budget and squad.

"A player keeps calling me wanting to come here who's played at the top level,” Mowbray said.

"He’s played in the Premier League and Championship throughout his career. 

"I'll make a call. It's not about the money for him, he's earned plenty over his career, he just wants to play. It's another midfielder, but I'd be daft not to take him. But then I'm in that situation regarding budget for other players like a striker, but why shouldn't we have that level of competition in a squad.

"We need three or four players for each position in my opinion to challenge at the very top of this league.

"Sure we have Romain and John and now Bryn and Conor started pre-season well, but when it’s winter and we get injuries we’re going to need options, it’s good to have the option and I can rotate it.”

Mowbray has repeatedly emphasised the fact that the squad needs two or three new faces in order to compete at the top of the division.

The manager is confident that he will get the right players in before the transfer window shuts as Premier League clubs announce their 25-man squads.

When asked if he had a pre-season message for the fans, Mowbray said: “My message to the fans would be that I would hope they realise it's not finished yet. 

“We still need some bodies and we're working hard. There's always the temptation to bring someone in because they're available but they might not be a right fit. 

“We're looking at the forward areas, we know where those players are and I ask for a little patience initially. It’s not going to be a mad rush when Premier League teams announce their squads. I think we'll be very competitive, and we'll only get stronger as the season goes on.”

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