‘Business as usual’ for Coventry
Artur Boruc says he is pleased that the bottle-throwing incident
that marred the start of his Southampton career is behind him.
The goalkeeper launched the bottle towards his own supporters on
his home debut against Tottenham in October after hearing racial
abuse coming from the stands.
No action was taken against the Polish stopper or the supporters
involved, but he was promptly dropped by former manager Nigel
Adkins and did not return to the side until January.
But Boruc has told the press in his homeland that he does not
feel any guilt about the incident.
He said: “I won’t say I regret it, because I heard insults from
the stands. Racist ones.
“But I blamed myself for it because I gave Adkins the reason
that he could sit me on the bench,” he added.
The 33-year-old has now established himself as first-choice
under new manager Mauricio Pochettino and has won over the Saints
fans with a string of good performances, most-notably delighting
the support with a crucial last-minute penalty save in the 0-0 draw
at Norwich earlier this month.
And Boruc, who confirmed his agent is in negotiations to agree a
contract extension, says the experience has been
“The coach had his vision and I was a bit angry,” he said. “But
I like such challenges, and feel good when I hit the bottom,
because you can start from scratch.”
It was confirmed on Thursday that Coventry City Football Club
Limited had gone into administration.
However, this company is distinct from Coventry City Football
Club (Holdings), which runs the football operation.
It means that Paul Appleton, managing partner of David Rubin
& Partners LLP, has been able to offer Pressley assurances
about his squad, including confirmation they will continue to be
paid as normal.
“I was pleased to meet with Steven and give him reassurances
that, as far as what happens on the pitch and in the general
running of the Club, it is absolutely business as usual with the
operating company executives very much in charge,” said
“Steven, the players and all the staff at the football club will
continue to be paid as normal by the operating company which is not
in administration – that is an important message I was keen to put
The administration issue centres around the costs involved with
playing at the Ricoh Arena, which Coventry moved into eight years
A High Court judge is next week due to analyse the finances of
the club after the owner of the stadium said it was owed rent.
Arena Coventry said earlier this month that it was owed more
than ?1.3 million and planned to ask a High Court judge to place
the club into administration.
Lawyers representing Arena Coventry appeared at the High Court
in London today to outline the latest state of play.
They said Arena Coventry bosses had been concerned by a
statement made by the club earlier this week – and needed more time
to consider their position.
A judge adjourned the hearing until Tuesday.
Eighth-placed Coventry travel to bottom-of-the-table Portsmouth
– a club placed into administration more than a year ago – on
There has been talk of City reaching a ground-share agreement
with one of their Midlands neighbours before building a stadium of
their own, even though the 32,000 Ricoh Arena is a newly-built
It is now thought Coventry will have a 10-point deduction
imposed by the Football League, which would end any outside chance
of promotion from League One, City having mounted a successful run
under Pressley, who was only appointed as Mark Robins’ successor a