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Chris Hussey …. became a target for the boo-boys at Coventry City

CHRIS HUSSEY had his contract terminated “by mutual consent” by Coventry City this week. I’m one of the few fans who are massively unhappy about the decision and still rate him as our best left-back, writes TOBY WILKINSON.

I don’t think he “fell out” with the new manager as such. Mark Robins singled out his attitude for praise just the previous week. But that may have been referring to the negotiations to terminate his contract!

Robins simply never seemed to rate him, dropping him as soon as he arrived and picking seemingly anyone ahead of him (even Kevin Kilbane, who retired a month later!).

But there have been a lot of rumours that Hussey is a “bad egg” with a poor attitude. One from a supposed inside source said that “Hussey is listed as of now” a few days after Robins was appointed, saying it was his attitude in the dressing room and training in part.

He’s considered “cocky” and fans say things like “he talks like he thinks he’s some kind of hip-hop gangster”. He was quoted by three or four fans as openly slagging the club off at a function a few weeks back, although it may be that they had an axe to grind against him.

What went wrong? Well, in my opinion Hussey was one of our best players last season, but he never won many fans over, who considered him a “non-league player” (that’s where a lot of our fans expect him to return to!

In the summer he was reported as being unsettled in the local media and linked with a move to a London club, Crystal Palace and more frequently Millwall, being the sides who wanted him. There was a rumour of a swap deal with a Millwall reserve left-back Scott Barron (now with Brentford). Nothing materialised and Hussey started the season in the side.

He struggled (hell, who didn’t?!?) in patches during the Sky Blues’ baptism of fire in League One. Although okay under the previous manager Andy Thorn, once the gaffer was sacked Hussey became the boo-boys favourite during the disastrous Richard Shaw caretaker reign.

Hussey must have been shattered by the hammerings he was taking and in the cavernous ghost town Ricoh, there’s nowhere to hide from the boos that echo around..

Robins tried Kilbane at left-back, then signed a really quite awful Wolves youth team left-back Jamie Reckord, who he picked every game ahead of Hussey.

Hussey got introduced as a sub in our rampant hammering of York City in the Johnstones Paint Trophy game and scored the pick of our goals, the fourth, a 30-yard screamer and his first for the club.

Robins spoke about how he thought left-midfield was “his position” as he can concentrate on attacking more there. A few fans on forums made the Gareth Bale comparison, mostly tongue-in-cheek, although this is frequently brought up by the Hussey-bashers as if it was entirely serious.

Hussey then started at left-back against Brentford away, had a poor first half looking totally out of position, was subbed, and never played again. Of course, we considered the Brentford game as just another shocking performance against a crap lower-league club; The Bees are now fourth, four points off the top two in League One with a game in hand. Far from crap, a very good side!

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Andy Thorn .. Ex-Don sacked as Coventry City manager “after three games after bringing in 9 new players whilst…unbeaten.”

Reckord was gradually exposed as being not up to the job (despite many fans with an “anybody but Hussey” attitude heralding him initially). City then signed a youngster on loan from Sunderland, Blair Adams, who started very brightly but has faded of late.

Adams is decent, and possibly a bit better than Hussey defensively, but he doesn’t have his dribbling ability or ability to beat a man. Most fans seem to idolise him. He could well be another to get exposed once “New Player Syndrome” has lost its veneer. But now we don’t have another left-back!

I was gutted by the treatment of both Thorn (sacked after three games after bringing in 9 new players whilst…unbeaten!) and Hussey by the club, but I was probably in the minority.

I’ve ended up withdrawing from all the Coventry forums as I simply no longer enjoy it. I made too many enemies defending the likes of Thorn and Hussey (and some other boo-boys favourites, generally locally born and produced players for some reason..). It’s not a great feeling thinking that the majority of your club’s fans are brain-dead idiots.

I got the impression that Chris Hussey was always a model pro at Wimbledon and much loved by the fans. If Coventry City was a better club, the same could have been said for him here. I still think he’s a good young Championship level left-back with the potential to play for a top-Championship-lower Premiership side.

Hussey back home





  1. A very interesting article, Toby, and an eye-opener for many of us who have not kept close tabs on Hussey’s progress at Coventry.

    Interestingly, I remember that he had a reputation for having an ‘attitude’ before he came to us originally, before quickly becoming a fans’ favourite.

    If he feels loved now that he has returned to the fold then he could be a fantastic signing – he will certainly get a hero’s welcome back at KM.

    Hopefully Bass will be there to keep an eye on him while he settles in and ensure that his attitude is correct. I feel it is important, though, for the fans to not expect him to be brilliant from the outset – having not played competitively for a couple of months it will take him a month or so to get up to speed.

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