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"Russell is a manager you can talk to, he is a good person first of all and is just a pleasure to play for." - Coventry City's Kevin Foley

6 January 2017

The Sky Blues squad continues to strengthen under the guidance of Russell Slade...

Coventry City have today secured their fourth signing of the winter transfer window, adding to the ranks another experienced defender in Kevin Foley.

The ex-Republic of Ireland international was signed by City boss Russell Slade at his previous club Charlton, and the 32-year old was pleased to be reuniting with his former manager.

Foley said: “Very pleased to have signed. Obviously my contract was coming to an end at Charlton and I spoke to Russell because he knew my situation at the club from when he initially signed me. I’m hoping it will be a great move for me.

“I signed an initial six month with Charlton, but the new manager came in and he has got new ideas and I was delighted to have the option to come here, it is an absolutely fantastic club not far from my home so it fit well.

“I had many years at Wolves and still live in the Midlands so it’s great to be back playing football here. I enjoyed working with Russell. I thought he had things going quite well at Charlton but he didn’t have the required time, in my opinion. That’s football.

“Russell is a manager you can talk to, he is a good person first of all and is very level-headed. He doesn’t get too carried away from the short time that I’ve known him and is just a pleasure to play for.” 

Having spent a day with the squad, Foley is optimistic that he and teammates can reverse a poor run of form that has plagued City since mid-November. 

The ex-Wolves man is the second defender to join the club in the past five days, having also secured the services of Bradford centre-half Nathan Clarke.

Foley added: “You move on to the next thing, Russell seems to have done that and the lads seem to have been really unlucky the last few games conceding late goals, but the early signs are good.

“I’ve heard great things about Coventry and the young lads here. I knew Sam Ricketts from my time at Wolves and he has told me what a bunch of promising players we have.

“Just from my first training session today I can tell the quality we have. As I get older I like to think I can do things right, and if the players want to look up to me then great.

“I am happy to try and lend a hand where I can, but at the end of the day I’m here to play football and I think there are many more years left in me yet."

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