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"If we continue to improve on and off the pitch, the future certainly looks brighter than the past.” - Coventry City's Sam Ricketts

7 May 2016

Ricketts reflects on a mixed season for the Sky Blues and looks towards a bright future for the club...

Sky Blues captain Sam Ricketts gave his assessment of the Coventry City season in the run up to the final game of the 2015/16 season against Oldham Athletic on Sunday. 

Ricketts himself is unavailable for the game, having suffered a knee injury against Doncaster in April, but is confident the Sky Blues will finish on a high.

Coventry City have won three of their previous four League One games and in doing so achieved the highest ratio of home wins since the 1987 FA Cup winning season.

The Sky Blues also have the potential to reach the highest points tally in decades, with the current 66 points total equalling the best showing since 2001/02. 

Ricketts commented: “We need to look at the season with a bit of perspective, if we take a broad view of it it’s been a good season. Our highest points tally for a number of years. 

“That’s a big thing for Coventry, but also tinged with disappointment about the lack of consistency in the second-half of the season. Ultimately a good season, but disappointed that we didn’t make the play-offs.

“Whenever results don’t go well, it’s never one contributing factor. Around the whole club, if we continue to improve on and off the pitch, the future certainly looks better than the past.”

Ricketts claimed the Sky Blues Community Player of the Season at Coventry City’s End of Season Awards dinner on Wednesday evening, with John Fleck winning both the Player of the Season and Players’ Player awards. 

The captain was complementary of his midfield teammate as well as commenting on the importance of the manager, Tony Mowbray in building a future for the club. 

“He is a very astute and very good manager,” Ricketts commented. “Arguably one of the best managers I have ever worked with and I think he is an excellent manager for this football club.”

“I see Coventry as a club with huge potential and a great support base. If you looking at City there is no reason why the club can’t do a ‘Southampton or a Swansea’ and climb the leagues. 

“It’s important we got that win against Sheffield last weekend, give the fans a good send off before the summer. The manner of the performance was great, three goals and it gave everyone an insight in to what we’re trying to achieve here.” 

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