THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

26 October 2009 ~ Gordon Strachan was today unveiled as the new Middlesbrough manager. In WSC 173 (July 2001) Neville Hadsley examined the Scotsman's first managerial experience, how "his refusal to play proven goalscorers like John Aloisi proved fatal" and Coventry were relegated after 34 years in the top division

For Coventry City fans, relegation is a new and strange experience. It is the first time City have been relegated from any division since 1958. Even that was more of a reshuffle as Divisions Three North and South became Divisions Three and Four. In fact it is the first time Cov­entry have finished in the bottom two of any league since 1952. Read the full article

Comments (2)
Comment by sw2boro 2009-10-26 18:31:15

I'm not reading this on the basis it may deflate me.

Comment by Analogue Bubblebath 2009-10-26 23:37:04

Gordon Strachan is a really good manager.

If he operates at the same level he did when in charge of Southampton and Celtic, Middlesbrough will get promoted and will do fine after that.

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