The place are they now: Sky Blues’ final Championship facet

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Where are they now: Sky Blues' last Championship side



Saturday, April 28, 2012 – it is not a date fondly remembered by Coventry Metropolis supporters. With relegation already confirmed from the Championship, the Sky Blues arrived at St Mary’s Stadium hoping to spoil Southampton’s promotion occasion. Targets from Billy Sharp , Jose Fonte, Jos Hooiveld and Adam Lallana secured the Saints a 4-Zero victory and their spot within the Premier League. It was Metropolis’s most up-to-date sport within the second tier of English soccer, a run that can come to an finish after securing the League One title this month.

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Right here, we check out the 14 gamers then-manager Andy Thorn fielded in Coventry Metropolis’s final Championship match and discover what they’re to this point… Joe Murphy

Joe Murphy has joined Huddersfield City.
Murphy signed for Huddersfield City in 2014 after three years with the Sky Blues and making 137 league appearances. A transfer to Bury adopted earlier than signing a one-year deal at Shrewsbury City in July 2019. He performed 4 occasions for The Shrews this time period however is more likely to be launched this summer time. Chris Hussey

Chris Hussey
The complete-back’s contract was cancelled by mutual consent in January 2013, having began only one sport underneath Mark Robins. He rejoined AFC Wimbledon after which added Burton Albion, Bury, Sheffield United to his CV,  a mortgage spell at Swindon City, earlier than signing a two-year cope with Cheltenham City in 2018. Hussey’s 2019/20 season ended on a excessive word, scoring a free kick in opposition to  promotion rivals Colchester United. Learn Extra
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Martin Cranie

Martin Cranie
The complete-back’s three-season keep after signing for £500,000 from Southampton in 2009 ended when he turned down a brand new deal, making him a free agent. He joined Barnsley for 3 seasons earlier than spells at Middlesbrough, Sheffield United and most just lately at Championship facet, and the facet Coventry Metropolis succeeded as League One champions, Luton City. Jordan Clarke

Jordan Clarke
The previous Coundon Court docket Faculty pupil made 144 appearances for the Sky Blues earlier than leaving to hitch Scunthorpe United, then supervisor by his former Coventry boss Mark Robins, in January 2015. The defender has remained on the Iron ever since, making 130 appearances. He’s one among 11 gamers out of contract this summer time, with the membership saying on Might 5 that it’s ‘not making any gives to our out-of-contract first staff squad members as a result of coronavirus pandemic and the numerous lack of earnings suffered by the membership’. His profile doesn’t seem on the membership’s web site. Learn Extra
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Jordan Willis

The Coventry-born centre-half performed 179 occasions for his hometown membership earlier than rejecting a proposal of a brand new contract on the finish of the 2018/19 season. He joined Sunderland in July 2019 on a two-year deal. Carl Baker

Carl Baker
The favored midfielder left Metropolis in 2014 to hitch Milton Keynes Dons after which Portsmouth adopted by a quick spell within the Indian Tremendous League at ATK. He briefly returned to the Sky Blues in 2018 on a pay-as-you-play contract, however was launched after accidents put paid to that plan. Baker had spells in non-league soccer at Nuneaton Borough and most just lately at Brackley City, together with his final sport coming in opposition to Darlington on February 29. Baker, now aged 37, is a UEFA B licenced coach and runs his personal soccer academy. Oliver Norwood

Oliver Norwood
The midfielder was on mortgage from Manchester United when he made his 18th and ultimate Coventry Metropolis look in opposition to Southampton. He would be part of Huddersfield City that summer time earlier than transferring on to Studying and Brighton. After impressing on a mortgage spell at Sheffield United, Norwood joined completely for £2m in January 2019, and has made 48 appearances for the Blades, who at the moment sit seventh within the Premier League. He has additionally achieved 57 caps for Northern Eire. Learn Extra
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Conor Thomas

Conor Thomas
One other Cov child who emerged by the Academy to turn into a senior star. His six-year keep within the senior set-up ended together with his launch in June 2016. A season at Swindon City adopted earlier than becoming a member of former Metropolis stars Carl Baker and Robbie Keane at India Tremendous League facet ATK, managed by Teddy Sheringham. The midfielder, who additionally had a mortgage spell at Liverpool in 2011, returned to England in 2018 when Gary Johnson signed him for Cheltenham City the place he stays to at the present time.  Gael Bigirimana

Having requested for a trial as an 11-year-old and receiving one the next day, the Burundi native made his senior  debut as an 18-year-old in 2011 in opposition to Leicester Metropolis. The next season, Newcastle United got here calling with the lure of a five-year contract for the midfielder. Having been loaned out to Rangers with out enjoying a sport, Bigirimana returned to Coventry briefly in November 2015. In August 2016, he signed a one-year cope with Coventry and scored the primary objective within the  2017 EFL Trophy ultimate victory over Oxford United at Wembley Stadium. Learn Extra
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He joined Motherwell in June 2017 earlier than switching to Hibernian in January 2019. Later that yr he moved south of the border to hitch Solihull Moors on a short-term deal the place he struggled to make an impression. Bigirimana is at the moment a free agent and has remained an enormous Sky Blues fan, attending video games and sharing their current successes on social media. Gary McSheffrey

Wants no introduction to Coventry Metropolis followers, having spent two durations of his profession at his hometown membership and making almost 250 appearances. After his final interval at Coventry resulted in 2013, he performed for Chesterfield, Scunthorpe United and Doncaster Rovers – the place he stays as an Academy coach. He usually attends Coventry Metropolis video games. Cody McDonald

Cody McDonald
Scored seven targets in 43 appearances for Coventry earlier than being loaned out to Gillingham in 2012, he would later signal for the Gills on a everlasting foundation. McDonald managed 77 targets in 201 appearances earlier than transferring to AFC Wimbledon in 2017. He dropped into non-league soccer with Ebbsfleet United. He was launched in January having not performed since February 2019 as a result of an anterior cruciate ligament damage. Substitutes… Joe Henderson (for Willis, 72minutes)

Joe Henderson
The Academy centre-back was recalled from his work expertise mortgage spell at Nuneaton City (now Borough) for the journey to Southampton by then-manager, Andy Thorn. He performed 18 minutes from the bench in one among his three senior appearances for the Sky Blues. Henderson was launched in the summertime of 2013. Henderson dropped into non-league soccer with Daventry City (two spells), AFC Rushden and Diamonds, Rugby City, and two durations at his present membership Woodford United, who play within the Stage 11 Northamptonshire Mixture Premier Division. He’s married with one daughter and is a fabricating welder. Shaun Jeffers (for Bigirimana, 46minutes)

Shaun Jeffers
Was launched concurrently Henderson (above) and Will Roberts (under) in the summertime of 2013 by Steven Pressley. His journey since that day has seen the ahead signal for Peterborough United, Newport County, Yeovil City, Boreham Wooden, Brackley City and two spells at Chelmsford Metropolis – his present membership. Now aged, 28, the previous England U19 worldwide netted 13 Vanarama Nationwide League South targets, together with 5 profitable penalties, earlier than the season was dropped at a untimely finish as a result of coronavirus. Will Roberts (for McSheffrey, 34minutes) The attacking midfielder earned Wales U19 honours throughout his time at Coventry Metropolis. Now aged 26, Will continues to be concerned in soccer however within the USA. He achieved a Bachelor’s Diploma in enterprise administration and administration on the College of Charleston the place he was a a four-time NSCAA All-American and a 4 time nationwide semifinalist. His 72 targets at Charleston rank him within the Prime 25 all-time within the historical past of Division II soccer. In 2017, he led the staff to the nationwide championship, in addition to runner-up finishes in 2014 and 2016. He’s at the moment the assistant girls’s ‘soccer’ coach at Lincoln Memorial College, the place he’s learning for a Masters of Enterprise Administration.



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