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INTERVIEW: Highlights from Doug King's first Coventry City press conference

Doug spoke to the media earlier today...

19 January 2023


INTERVIEW: Highlights from Doug King's first Coventry City press conference

Doug spoke to the media earlier today...

19 January 2023

Coventry City's new majority owner and Executive Chairman, Doug King, held his first press conference since taking over the football club and here are some of the highlights from this afternoon.

Early thoughts…

“It’s very early. It was Tuesday when we finally got the EFL approval and concluded the deal. We’re a week on from that.

“I like to get involved, have a look and get to know people a bit better and focus on what we need to focus on and work out my timetable.”


Conversations over the CBS Arena…

“Frasers group got the stadium and they’re an absolutely professional outfit. They’re moving their business in a very positive way. They’re in a big development stage and I’m very positive with the outlook for the situation.

“The interim arrangement was sensible because when there’s change all round, you’re better having an interim agreement and letting the parties get to know each other.

“We certainly have had some very loose conversations with them and I’m feeling positive with the way forward.

“The agreement is only until the end of this season, so it’s at the top of my list.”


Future transfer business…

“I’m going to run things properly. I’m not here to just throw money around. Money doesn’t necessarily get you where you want to go and there are examples of that.

“We need to secure our talent, increase the quality of the squad, and make sure we’re up towards the upper ends of the Championship and knocking on the door.

“We want to get through that door and that’s game plan. To get to where we want to get to, if you keep selling your best players, you’re probably going to fail.

“If a player wants to leave and doesn’t want to be at our club, what can you do? I want to make them want to be here, I want them to get to where they want to at this club and make them see that can happen.

“It’s early, so I can’t prove much at this point, but they will get a feeling over the next six months about what we’re doing.”


The Sky Blues supporters…

“We need the fans. We need the community. We’re going to need everyone on board supporting this club, coming to the stadium and being part of this journey.

“They’ve been great. They’re excited but I hope they will be with us and be realistic. There’s a lot of stuff that’s out there on social media, but I’m not on any platforms myself, it’s not my thing.

“I’ve been encouraged from the support from them, they want to be with us and they fancy it and I need them, I seriously do.

“In February I will go to some fans forums, I will make it clear where I need them and what we’re trying to do.”


Why Coventry City…

“I love football and I love sport, I’m up here with my business and I just thought to myself, this City is an upcoming area and there’s loads going on.

“I felt there was a chance that I could get involved in a club which has been run as well as it can be run to make sure its not out of control.

“With my entrepreneurial leadership I thought I would give it a good go to get us to where we want to go. I know the risks that are involved, but I’m willing to invest to get us to where we need to go.”


Involvement in the club…

“My experience has told me, when you put money into a project, you can outsource it to people, but my experience has told me its probably not the best thing to do, it’s best to get fully into it so you fully understand the situation and that’s what I’ve decided to do.

“I want to come in and take a close look at everything. Me and Dave Boddy will work out who does to make sure there’s no duplication.

“Having taken over as owner, I want to be fully involved and for me it’s pivotal.”


Speaking with Mark Robins…

“I’ve been extremely happy with our discussions. He understands what we’re trying to do and understands we have to do it in a certain way.

“I’m really encouraged with Mark. He’s ambition and he wants to get into the top league, and I want to work with him to get to there.”


The training ground…

“In general, we need to be a club that the top players are excited to come here, not only for the coaches, but also for the facilities and that they measure up.

“I’m well aware of that, but we have to do what we have to do in the time that we have to do it. When I read all my history, this training ground has been here for 40 years and nobody else has done anything yet.

“So, let’s just take stock, but clearly I would love us to be at a place which is more comparable to where top athletes should be working and spending their time.”

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