Coventry’s manager has told the press how he needs to reduce his Coventry City squad before the new season comes around.
Mark Robins has told Coventry Live that due to the club bringing in so many players the current squad has around 26/28 in, and that needs to reduce.
Robins has brought in 10 players this season – nine allegedly for the first team – and he still wants a couple more in before he’s shutting up shop.
There have been a similar amount of outgoings to counter the incomings: nine have left the club from the end of last season. with five leaving on a free and four returning to their clubs from loan spell.
He told Coventry Live: “Undoubtedly one or two will be going out because I have got a squad of about 26/28, something like that, and I am still looking to bring a couple in.
“If someone goes out, if someone comes in for one of our players for instance, then I am going to need to replace them and see where we are at, so as I have said before, there are always plates spinning.
“But we have got specific targets that I want to pursue and am actively looking to add, and then I’m also looking at players on a day to day basis to see where they are at.”
“I have not got any pressure on me to move people on but, ultimately, I want to do some stuff out and let one or two go out because some are going to need to play.
“The key for me is adding to make us as strong as we possibly can rather than what’s happened in the past where you sell players and weaken yourself.
“There has to be a balance. But let’s see. All options are open.
“I could wheel and deal. It just depends what I want to do but, ultimately, I don’t want to do too much because it can tip things over the edge a little bit by doing too much.”
Tom Bayliss could be one of the departures from Coventry, with the youngster being linked to some Championship and Premier League teams.
Coventry have had a decent summer so far, bringing in a lot of players, so it is not surprising that they will have to balance the books.
Despite the troubles with their stadium, they look in good stead to be in the top half of League One next year and might be targeting the play-offs.
Certainly, they have good defensive structure that they can build on and that could be what sees them over the line in the coming campaign.