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"Everyone is sick of hearing about cuts. We need to change and be positive." - Coventry City's Mark Venus

2 October 2015

Read Part Two of our extensive interview with Coventry City's Technical Director Mark Venus on ccfc.co.uk...

Coventry City Technical Director Mark Venus has expressed a desire to build 'a big club' at the Sky Blues.

In the second part of an extensive interview, the City director was honest about his aspirations for City, not just this season but beyond.



The Sky Blues have enjoyed a brilliant start to the season after a carefully structured recruitment process throughout the summer as City aim for a promotion push.

Venus, who has now been at the club for four months, wants City to become a big club once again and hopes to sign players which are beyond League One level.

Venus said: "We want to build a football club. From my point of view, having been in the club and listening to supporters, everyone is sick of 'the cuts, the cuts, the cuts'. 

"Speaking openly and honestly, we've got to start growing again and become a big football club in this league, and beyond. We need to behave like a big club again.

"Sign players who are far too good for this level of the game and we've got to make people believe that we're growing again. We are coming again but it's going to take a little bit of time.

With the transfer window over, Venus has continued to work on improving all aspects of the football department and continues to deal with agents.


He continued: "I've got lots of other responsibilities within the football department. I have to deal with the scouting and recruitment department and that is still growing.

"I'd like to think we can improve our scouting department further. Meeting other football clubs is a continuing process as well and dealing with agents which is draining. They all have the best players who they try get you to sign so you've got to shift through that and see who we'd really want to sign.

"Invariably, I watch a lot of games as well. Taking in teams and players and building up that network and knowledge base which the club can count on in the future.

Modern football scouting networks often rely on videos and recordings, but Venus has has there is no better equivalent than watching football live.

Venus added: "You have to go watch the players live, no doubt. Television recordings and footage can help profile a footballer but I don't think there is any substitute than watching someone live.

"We need to develop a system where our staff and scouts are all plugging in and giving their opinion to the manager who will then make the decision on players with everyone's knowledge considered."

Listen to the full interview on Sky Blues Player below...

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