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PRESS WATCH: Mark Robins speaks with CoventryLive

The City boss spoke with reporter Andy Turner...

29 June 2021

Earlier this week, Sky Blues boss Mark Robins spoke to CoventryLive’s Andy Turner in regards to the work going into the summer recruitment.

Robins revealed that the window has been a ‘different’ one than normal, but told how the Sky Blues are in a ‘decent position’ and that he expects things to get done soon.

“We are just trying to work.

“Things are different this summer, more different than any other transfer window that I have experienced.

“There’s a probably a mixture of things going on. People are unaware of the circumstances around the finances of football, so I think people are holding out for more money to see if things change. But they won’t.

“So that’s one of the things that’s happening. Also, some of the players that we want won’t be available for a little while longer.

“We’re going to be looking at a couple of loan signings, so we have got to wait for that.”

He added: “But we are in a decent position, in fairness, in terms of what we have done and over the next few days things will start to come to fruition.

“But it’s just different this year. It’s been no different from our perspective in terms of lining things up. I think the difference is the finance that’s available and we’re having to free things up.

“So people who have left, come July 1, will give me some money to spend. It’s like a one out, one in kind of scenario and we have to work into that.

“We have got things that have moved forward significantly on a few players, without being able to tell you what’s happened.

“But ultimately we are still hopeful we can get bodies in before sort of mid-July.

“It’s just slow. It’s slow all round.”

The City boss told how one of the positions he is looking to strengthen in is the top end of the pitch, following the departures of Amadou Bakayoko, Max Biamou and Viktor Gyokeres returning to Brighton & Hove Albion.

“We have got a list of players we want to do but sometimes you come up against obstacles and, as we have seen with Matty James, some have other options.

“What we want to do is improve things and that’s the main aim, and if we can move positions forward then clearly we’ll improve as a team, albeit it’s a slower process at the minute.

“What I have to do is get a squad that’s fit for purpose, that works and functions. We have just got to wait and see.

“Certainly, the top end of the pitch is our priority, and certainly the left side of the pitch is a priority too.

“Ultimately, I have wanted to bring in probably eight, maybe nine players but I might only get five.

“There becomes a balance in terms of which ones you do and that’s where we’re at. I can’t be more honest than that.

“We just have to wait and see how they fall, but we’re working.”

The Sky Blues will return to pre-season this week, as they begin their preparations ahead of the 2021/22 Sky Bet Championship campaign.


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