Monday, 7 August 2017

Complete Ranking of the Last 100 Coventry City Signings - 80-61

We've already put ourselves through the worst 20 signings of the last 5 years, the hardest part is over, but that's not to say we're going to reach the competent footballers just yet. In fact they'll probably only start getting 'alright' when we get to the 20-1 category. My god we've signed some dreadful players, not one of the players has even scored a goal yet, so let's start as we mean to go on.

First 20 on the list, click this link - www.shootingtowin.co.uk/2017/08/complete-ranking-of-last-100-coventry.html




80. Carl Dickinson

Appearances: 7
Goals: 0

A loanee left back whom a large number have people will have forgotten about. Joined from Watford back in the later stages of our debut season in League One but couldn't have the deal extended beyond the first month due to us being placed under a transfer embargo. He also backed us to make the play offs that year, which we couldn't do due to having a 10 point deduction. Ah, SISU.

79. Danny Pugh

Appearances: 7
Goals: 0

The second left back to make seven appearances in just two players, I didn't think he looked too horrendous when I first saw him at Bradford away a few years back. But he was soon ousted by Ryan Haynes and eventually never seen again. Well, I say never seen again, he turns out for Port Vale in League Two.

78. Bryn Morris

Appearances: 7
Goals: 0

A pattern is beginning to be emerging here, we tend to forget about Bryn Morris due to the loans that he was playing with. It's very hard to shine in a side containing Adam Armstrong, Jacob Murphy, Ryan Kent and Joe Cole. Not to mention he was being kept out of the central midfield spots by John Fleck and Romain Vincelot. Poor Bryn never stood a chance.

77. Dylan McGeouch

Appearances: 8
Goals: 0

I'm pretty sure there may be more loans than permanent signings on this list. On this occasion we look at McGeough, he joined from Celtic in February 2014 and made 8 appearances off the bench, didn't even start once. But due to the nature of this list that warrants him a spot in 77th without it
seeming ridiculous.

76. Kevin Foley

Appearances: 13
Goals: 0

The nitty gritty recent players of the League One relegation season are really beginning to seep through now. Much like Lewis Page, we didn't really need to sign him, he took games away from someone younger and better (Dion Kelly-Evans) and somehow made us worse. Page is a lot lower frankly because I hate him more.

75. Stephen Hunt

Appearances: 5
Goals: 0

How we came about signing Stephen Hunt is just as funny as his 5 months at the club. He thought we looked alright on TV against Sheffield United (A match we lost 1-0) so asked to come and train with us. You know how much we love signing unfit 34 year olds though so he jumped straight on the promotion bottling bus. He retired after making a wonderful 5 appearances. His last game finished with him being subbed off to the tune of "Oh Stephen Hunt, we'll never forget."

74. Mohamed Coulibaly

Appearances: 6
Goals: 0

One of three loan signings from Bournemouth we got not because we scouted him well and thought he looked good but because they gave him to us as part of the Callum Wilson deal. That's never a good thing to start off with, as we saw with Coulibaly as well as the other two. The season long loan had to be cancelled eventually as he just wasn't played enough.

73. Nick Proschwitz

Appearances: 9
Goals: 1

Some people would regard him as the worst striker of the League One era, but the sole reason he makes it into 73rd is the fact he scored an actual goal. A consolation in a 3-1 defeat to Crewe. They all count. However it was a week later that he became the ultimate villain by missing a penalty at Crawley when he really needed him to score. Had Tudgay and Madders not saved us then he would have had death threats, that's barely even an exaggeration.

72. Jordan Stewart

Appearances: 6
Goals: 0

After the brief excitement of someone who's scored an actual goal we have to be brought back down to earth by another poor left back who only played a total of six games. They're starting to get very common... Stewart is one of one or two players I have to confess not remembering in the slightest, so extensive google research had to be done.

71. Andre Wright

Appearances: 12
Goals: 2

Andre Wright joining The Sky Blues on Deadline Day is the absolute epitome of a panic signing. Tony Mowbray missed out on Rushian Hepburn-Murphy so decided that the best course of action
would be to throw someone completely unknown into an already poor side. He netted twice, one of which literally just came off him and another tap in. He also shushed the fans at Oxford, it's fair to
say he's not the most popular player in the world.

70. Jamie Jones

Appearances: 4
Goals: 0

Another one month loanee, Ryan Allsop who wasn't as good as Burge went back to Bournemouth so we replaced him with Jamie Jones, someone who also wasn't as good as Burge. Eventually after four whole games we realised he wasn't good enough so settled with someone who'd been here the entire time, Lee Burge.

69. Martin Lorentzson

Appearances: 7
Goals: 0

When we signed the final piece of our experienced solid back line puzzle in Martin Lorentzson we looked even more likely to be getting promoted. His Champions League experienced appeared as if it would be vital in our race. Instead he only mustered up 7 appearances which is odd as he didn't look too bad. Aaron Phillips got the nod ahead of him on most occasions.

68. David Prutton

Appearances: 8
Goals: 0

Another ghost of the Sixfields season, joined on loan from Sheffield Wednesday in March 2014, failed to make an impact in his 8 appearances and went back. He was released by Wednesday that summer and retired. How depressing must it have been to finish your career playing for a team who's fans boycotted "home" games.

67. Jamie Reckord

Appearances: 12
Goals: 0

Could've ended up a lot higher on this list if it weren't for injury cutting short his loan spell from Wolves back in 2012. It's a case of what could have been, but hey, he made double figures, that tops a large number of others. we really did abuse the 'emergency loan' window before it was abloished this list has made me realise

66. Shaun Miller

Appearances: 13
Goals: 2

A striker with 12 substitute appearances, 1 start and 2 goals. A record better than Andre Wright's purely on a goals to minutes played basis. Plus he has never shushed the supporting fans so he deserves to be streets ahead. In fact one of his goals during the 14/15 season was in the League Cup, a game which we lost.

65. Mathieu Manset

Appearances: 9
Goals: 1

Didn't even start a game for us, all of his appearances were off the bench. He played alright in the time he was given to be fair to him. Since being release by us he's turned out for Royal Antwerp, Cheltenham and Walsall. Now though he plays in the land of Michael Mifsud, the Maltease Premier League, for a side by the name of Hamrun Spartans.

64. Blair Turgott

Appearances: 3
Goals: 1

One of the best goals to games ratios in our clubs history is how the failed West Ham youth product sneaks his way into the middle third of this list. He impressed for Bromley last season so has made his way back into the football league with Stevenage, I'm sure it'll be a very emotional occasion when he's reunited with us in November.

63. Reece Brown

Appearances: 9
Goals: 0

Yet another loan signing from the Premier League with good references who failed to make an impact, I'm starting to think the players might not be the problem. Didn't go on to to have as much effect at Manchester United as his brother Wes, instead he was released, has gone from club to club and now finds himself at Rochdale.

62. Ryan Allsop

Appearances: 27
Goals: 0

The fact we stuck with Allsop for so long instead of Lee Burge annoyed me a lot if you haven't already gathered. Not only was Burge a lot better at the time, he was also ours. However he ended up missing out on half a season of development while a loan took his spot. I'm being slightly harsh on Allsop because he wasn't horrendous.

61. Mark Marshall

Appearances: 14
Goals: 0

We played Marshall wrongly, we didn't allow him the freedom to roam, which his stint at Bradford taught us is something he needed to be able to do. He very much earned his move to Charlton but unfortunately he got injured until about Christmas in one of his very first matches. One of very very few players on the list who have gone on to better things after leaving City.

Whilst the first 20 of this list were the comically bad players, this section was the forgotten men. Players who weren't shudderingly bad, but just didn't really do anything of note. This meant that this part took considerably more effort to do. They get better in the remainder of episodes however, well, maybe not as much in the next...


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