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PRESS WATCH: "I went and sat with Joe Royle of Everton, let's see if it brings any fruits." Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

24 July 2015

The Sky Blues boss told the Coventry Telegraph that he didn't travel to Rhyl on Tuesday specifically for Matty Pennington...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray has revealed that he didn't travel to watch Everton's Under-21s side specifically to watch Matty Pennington.

The Sky Blues boss travelled to watch the Toffees Under-21s side in a pre-season friendly against Rhyl on Tuesday.

Reports claimed that Mowbray was present to watch Pennington, who made 25 appearances for City last year, but the manager confirmed that the City Young Player of the Year last season was not the sole reason for his visit.

“I like Matty Pennington as a footballer but I would have to say that’s not the main reason why I went,” Mowbray told the Coventry Telegraph.

“I went and sat with Joe Royle who is a friend of mine and ex-colleague, and Joe’s job now is looking after all the loan players at Everton so I had a good chat with him about a few things. Let’s see if it brings any fruits over the next week or two.

"It’s about the player’s progression path towards their first team and that might be that he’s done well in League One, now can he step up and do it in the Championship and then the first team.

“I think Everton’s potential thoughts with Matty would be to put him into the Championship because he did so well for Coventry City."

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