EFL pundit Sam Parkin has been looking into the challenges ahead for manager Mark Robins and his team.
“They’ve been brilliant, playing a really good brand of football, but if you look at the city of Luton, Charlton and Barnsley this year, the gap in the Championship is one,” former Swindon Town forward Parkin says CoventryLive.
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“It will be a lot on recruitment.
“There are interests in two of their best players Michael Rose, the center of the half, and Liam Walsh, who has been on loan from the City of Bristol.
“They have been so central to this team, if they cannot keep him, this is the kind of player they can replace them with.
“I guess for Mark Robins he’s going to be looking at the Experience Championship to go with a lot of good players.
“I think (Kyle) McFadzean and (Jamie) Allen, the two Burton boys, are the only players they have with the Experience Championship. “
As well as recruiting, playing style and tactics will be another key factor, says Parkin.
“They almost played with four central midfielders for a period of the season, with the return of three and only one striker,” he added.
“So I think they’re going to have to mix up next season and roll up their sleeves in some games.
“I think they’re going to have to add a little bit of firepower as well, because they’ve been heavily leaning on the (Matty) Godden.
“They won a load of goal solitaire games. 14 of 19 games or something just won by the strange goal.
“They’ll definitely be looking to add a few more goals for the team because they weren’t like the Luton and Barnsley’s from last year, the free-scoring way that these two have summer.
“So I think it’s going to be a fight, but, who knows, they might be able to withdraw it. ”
Coventry have played their home games at the City of Birmingham’s St Andrew’s stadium this season after refusing to accept the terms of the lease for their base Ricoh Arena.
“The most important thing for them is to return to Coventry,” said Parkin.
“The weather really suited to St Andrew is because of the height – they were able to play on this beautiful field.
“The game at Ricoh Arena) is not as good because he has rugby on him.
“But of course you want to go back, because you will have 16,000 to 17,000 support people, as opposed to seven or eight years (in thousands).
“But the pitch can be a bit of an issue, so I think they’re going to have to watch that style over the summer, depending on where they’re going to be playing. ”
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