Coventry City manager Mark Robins is currently trying to negotiate his way through the January transfer window knowing that there’s little, if any, scope for adding to his squad at the halfway stage of the campaign.

As such, the Sky Blues boss remains intent on retaining his top players, hopeful that a higher placed club doesn’t come calling for the likes of Gustavo Hamer and Callum O’Hare.

But while his hands are tied this month, Robins already has half an eye on the summer transfer window when he says there will be some “churn” among his squad, with players leaving to make way for fresh faces to strengthen ahead of the club’s third season back in the Championship.

The club have successfully improved the quality of the squad year on year since the rise from League Two to the second tier, and that trend is hoped to continue as City look to firmly establish themselves in the division, as they are currently doing, and push to become a strong top half side with realistic ambitions for promotion back to the Premier League.


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“We are going to have to do something in the summer where we add to it,” said the City boss.

“That’s for another day. But you look at it and think how do I generate that for us for the summer?”

Money is tight as City continue to recover financially from the effects of the pandemic which saw all clubs starved of income after the 2019/20 campaign was curtailed early and then the entire 2020/21 played behind closed doors without fans.

Average gates on City’s return to the CBS Arena this season have exceeded initial expectations of around 17,000, as has the uptake in season tickets to over 11,000, and that is helping get the club back on a sound financial footing.

Revenue from the FA Cup also remains important and the further the Sky Blues go in the competition the more funds Robins will get to strengthen his squad at the end of the season.

“The FA Cup is a big thing for us in terms of the finances to try to add to the coffers for the summer,” said Robins, whose side face Premier League Southampton away in the fourth round of the competition, having beaten Derby County 1-0 in the third round last weekend.

“Let’s see. I think there’s going to be some churn, some people making room.

“Obviously there are some players who haven’t figured at all this season who need to play football, and may give us that bit of head room to add to the coffers. But that’s further down the line.”

The club are desperate to free up wages from players who do not figure in the manager’s plans, and defender Josh Pask and forward Wesley Jobello will leave the club in the summer when their contracts expire, if they don’t secure moves this January.

German winger Marcel Hilssner is another, although he has 18 months left on his deal.

Elsewhere, Jordan Shipley featured against Derby in the Cup at the weekend but is yet to play a league game for his home town club this term, and it remains to be seen whether he will get opportunities in the second half of the season.

The 24-year-old is out of contract in the summer but City do have an option to extend that for another year – a clause they could trigger in a bid to get a fee for the player if he was to move on in the next transfer window.

Wing-back Julien Dacosta is another player who has become a peripheral figure this season, with the Frenchman not having played since August.





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