As us Sky Blues fans saw at the weekend, our slim chances of play offs were brutally destroyed at the hands of Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. But meanwhile in Derbyshire, Derby County drew 1-1 in a play off battle with Sheffield Wednesday. The result was not what was on the lips of Coventry fans however, but the appearance of city centre-back Reda Johnson in a Wednesday shirt.
Sky Blues fans were divided by his actions almost down the middle, half saying "Let the man support who he wants" and the other going with, "Why wasn't he in Doncaster suffering with the rest of us?" I can see where people are coming from, but does it really matter what he does on his weekends? Especially as he is a big fan of the club and played for them for a solid few years.
I think one reason fans were so annoyed by Reda's presence was due to the fact that they pay his wages so would expect him, if at a match, to be supporting his current team while he is away injured. He could've gotten away with it if he'd have kept his head down, not been too obvious he was there. He did completely the opposite, he turned up in a replica shirt as previously mentioned, and was very obvious toward Wednesday fans.
On the other hand, no one bats an eye lid when ex-players like Callum Wilson and Carl Baker come back to support the boys at the Ricoh, so why should this be any different? It is pretty much the exact same instance with Reda, so in my opinion he shouldn't be on the receiving end of as much hate s he is getting at the moment.
Saying that, as one of the few whom made the trip to Doncaster, what would have made it so much better would be seeing your talisman centre back in the stands with you, suffering with you, celebrating with you. In fairness though, he dodged a bullet not going, as if he did, he would be witnessing one of the worst performances for the Sky Blues all season, so it may have been for the best.
Johnson was today called into to speak to boss Tony Mowbray about his actions, and I don't really see the point. When fit, he is a key player, and his contract is running out at the end of the season. So why upset him? You will be taking a massive risk, he might feel more welcome at a club which allows him to do what he wants, so in my opinion don't risk it, Reda is key.