Coventry have signed defender Carl Dickinson from Watford on a
one-month loan agreement.
The 25-year-old has been drafted in by Mark Robins as cover for
regular left-back Blair Adams, who suffered an injury in Saturday’s
1-0 home defeat to Yeovil.
Dickinson has made 44 appearances for the Hornets since joining
from Stoke in the summer of 2011, but he has found first-team
chances hard to come by by this season.
He has been restricted to only six appearances under Gianfranco
Zola, and has not played a senior fixture since November.
Dickinson spent a month on loan with Portsmouth early this
season, and he will now be with League One Coventry until 12
Keith Curle was dismissed earlier this month after less than a
year in charge at Meadow Lane.
County’s development squad boss Chris Kiwomya was handed the
caretaker role, making him their 10th manager since 2007.
“I am just sick of it now,” Judge told BBC Radio Nottingham. “I
have only been here two and a half seasons and that is my sixth
“I don’t know what is happening to the stability they want to
have. They have to stick with it. Eventually they have to stick
with the manager. They cannot keep doing it.”
Chairman Ray Trew said a combination of poor performances and
falling attendances was behind the decision to sack Curle, but
Magpies skipper Neal Bishop has backed Judge’s call for
“In three and a half years I have seen off 10 managers. We were
in an indifferent run of form, but overall we felt we were on the
right track. The players are all disappointed.
“We could see we had had the right man in charge. Some people
had said the manager was too close to the players but that’s a load
of rubbish; he was hard but fair.
“I have seen Judgey’s comments and I fully support him. But we
are professionals and we have to get on with on it.”
Reports this week suggested the Rugby Park number one was close
to penning a deal with the Ibrox club that would see him join Ally
McCoist’s side after their transfer embargo ends on September
Bell admits his agent has held discussions with the Irn-Bru
Third Division side but was adamant that he has yet to put pen to
And the Scotland keeper admits there is still a chance he could
stay with Killie in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League or even join
another as-yet-unnamed suitor.
The 26-year-old told said: “There has been discussions but I
haven’t signed anything with anyone yet.
“My only focus right now is to be with Kilmarnock until the end
of the season and do my best for them.
“I’m still in talks with Kilmarnock too and, while I know
there’s been a lot in the press about it, nothing has been
“My agent has spoken to a number of different clubs. It’s not
just one club.
“He’s been talking to Kilmarnock for the last two or three
months, and there’s been three or four other clubs who have
contacted him to ask about my situation.
“I feel it’s only right that as a player I look at all avenues
but nothing has been agreed yet.
“I’m injured at the minute and that is what I’m concentrating
A hip injury means Bell will miss Kilmarnock’s trip to Inverness
on Wednesday alongside injured team-mates Rory McKeown and Cillian
With those three first-team regulars unavailable, boss Kenny
Shiels will once again put his faith in youngsters such as Ross
Barbour, Mark O’Hara and William Gros having lost three players in
the January transfer window.
He did add to his group with the free-transfer arrivals of
Celtic youngster Rabiu Ibrahim and Sammy Clingan from Doncaster
Reserves but resisted the urge to add loan signings to his group,
opting instead to give the youngsters a chance.
Shiels said: “We want to be a club who grows our own players and
doesn’t bring in loan players, because that is a real football
“I don’t blame clubs for going down the loan route but what we
are doing is impeccable. We’re doing it the right way.
“Not bringing in loan players massively disadvantages you but
that’s the way we are going.”