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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Talks Deadline Day Incomings

City confirmed the signings of David Meyler and Charlie Wakefield...

1 February 2019

The Transfer Window closed last night and the day saw the Sky Blues welcome two new faces in the door at Coventry City.

Charlie Wakefield joined the Sky Blues on a one-and-a-half-year-deal from Chelsea and David Meyler joins on loan from Reading until the end of the season.

The recruitment team were working up until the 11pm deadline last night to get the deal through the door, as we look to prepare for the remainder of the season.

Sky Blues boss, Mark Robins sat down with the local press and reflected on the January Transfer Window.

He said: “It was good but I’m glad it is shut, it is a really difficult window there are good and bad things about it, points when you're up and down.

“A lot of things happen but ultimately the business we have done I am happy with but we tried to get more done, unfortunately we couldn’t.

“The problem is you are at the mercy of the parent club, they have to let him come out and then you’ve got agents to meet their wishes and desires and that’s what happened.

“I’m really disappointing but it is what it is, I was disappointed with the way it was handled and the outcome.

“Now you are looking for people to step up, once the window is shut, we’ve got what we’ve got in the building.

“I’ve got enough faith in the lads to play and start scoring goals and it is an opportunity for them, it should be the green light for them to go and have a bit of confidence, I’ve shown faith in them and they need to have some faith in themselves and go and start flourishing like I know they can.”

The Sky Blues secured the services of experienced midfielder David Meyler from Reading on loan until the end of the season.

The 29 year-old has earned 24 caps for the Republic of Ireland has played Premier League football for the likes of Sunderland and Hull.

Robins spoke of his delight at bringing in someone with Meyler’s experience and quality and is looking forward to working with him.

“He (David Meyler) has played at the top level. He is a 29-year-old midfield player with loads of experience and brings us that quality and experience and endeavour.

“I only spoke to him on the phone for five minutes and he decided he wanted to join and play football and that’s a brilliant thing for us and the quality of that signing speaks volumes.

“He looked at where we are in the league and looked at attendances and he knows about Community Day and the crowd size, it plays a factor in people decision making.”

The other face to come through the door last night was 20 year-old winger, Charlie Wakefield who joined from Chelsea.

Wakefield joins looking to put his injuries behind him and kick on in his career and Robins admitted he had been after the winger for a while.

“I’m delighted to get him in and Charlie coming in was more of a longer term one.

“With him he’s had some injury history and he’s got over that and just started playing and he was someone I looked at when I first came in.

“He was due to sign for another club in the Championship yesterday but he came to us and I’m delighted to have him in and to be able to work with him.

“We’ve spoke with him about what progress he needs to make and he said he’s ready to play. He’s a real pacy wide man, that gives us another dimension.”

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