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PRESS WATCH: Mark Robins Speaks With BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

The City boss spoke with Phil Upton...

10 July 2020

Sky Blues boss, Mark Robins spoke with BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s Phil Upton yesterday morning, as he reflected on the latest additions to his side and future transfer plans.

City secured the signings of Gustavo Hamer and Julien Dacosta during the past week, a duo Robins revealed he has been a tracking for a while.

"Gustavo Hamer is a midfielder. He's played at right-back, left-back, he's played everywhere and he’s an intelligent, good footballer and he’ll come in to replace Walshy (Liam Walsh).

"Julien can play on the right side of a three or at centre back or as a right back or wing back. He's played left-back at times, but we're just trying to give ourselves as many options as we can going into the Championship season.

"It is a really good start for us but clearly we have a lot of work to improve the squad and that is continuing so hopefully we can get some more news soon.”

Hamer and Dacosta both move to the Sky Blues from sides abroad, as the extensive scouting network, headed up by Chris Badlan continues to excel.

"The way things are set up is brilliant.” Robins said.

“Chris Badlan does a great job, him and Stuart Benthom and we’ve probably got six scouts and they're all UK based.

“Chris has been going abroad to look at some players but clearly we’ve got to try and maximise the market and see what’s there and that’s what we’ve been doing.”

City’s 2019/20 campaign came to an end back in March as the suspension of football in the UK, due to the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in the League One season being curtailed

As the Sky Blues secured the League One title, the division they will enter next season, the Sky Bet Championship has continued.

“Watching the Championship as the games have been played we’ve seen what the characteristics of what a Championship team are and they have strong squads so we have to try and close that gap as quickly as we can with as good a players as we possibly can to bolster the squad we already have.

“We look at the squads teams have in the Championship and they have real strength in depth and they've got numbers in the striking areas too, so we need to do something there and in midfield and defence too.

“We have a comprehensive plan in place and clearly there are games still being played so we can't sign a lot of those players yet but hopefully the transfer window will open soon.”

As well as looking forward to the transfer window finally re-opening, Robins has his eyes set on a return to action for his side, as they begin to prepare for pre-season.

"It is what it is. We have got to be able to react. We want to get everyone back in as soon as we can and that will happen imminently.

“We are waiting for the powers that be to give us the date and then we can get planning.

"We've got two plans on offer [for the restart] because of two dates set out by the EFL. We're still fluid with it. We're planning games for pre-season but those dates might shift forwards of backwards."


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