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Dion Dublin - Sky Blues are in complete disarray

By Steve Carpenter Thursday 20 June 2013 Updated: 21/06 09:43

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SKY Blues legend Dion Dublin believes his former club are in complete disarray but has not given up hope of them recovering.

Dublin spent four-and-a-half years at Highfield Road during the club's elusive Premier League era and became an instant success with supporters.

He transformed his career after breaking his leg at Manchester United and his goals not only kept the Sky Blues in the top flight for several seasons, but they also earned the striker an England call-up.

But a lot has changed since his departure in 1998 and now 15 years on with the club preparing for their second successive campaign in the third tier with no stadium to play, Dublin points the finger of blame towards the players.

“There was no harmony and no players playing for each other,” said Dublin.

“When I was there it was very different. We were a club in the Premier League and we were doing so well with the likes of Gary McAllister, Gordon Strachan, George Boateng, and Paul Williams – some really good players playing some really good football.

“But you look at the club now and it is really disappointing to see where they are.”

A disappointing 15th place finish in League One was somewhat overshadowed by the club falling into administration back in March.

And Dublin is aware of the off-field problems that have occurred over the past year.

“They do have the structure with regards to the stature of the club to get it right.

“The stadium is big enough, the fan base is big enough to get it right off the field but at the moment they can’t get it right on the field.

“The club has been run terribly and the players just were not getting the results needed to climb the table so it will be difficult for Coventry.

“I’m really hoping they do OK. If they can at least get a couple of wins in the cup it could help them find their way back to somewhere near where they need to be.”

Dublin hinted that a run in the League Cup could help turn the club's fortunes with the Sky Blues taking on Leyton Orient away from home in the first round.

“All you need to do is put a run together, get the players clicking at the right time and you get your best players performing at the right weekend and anything can happen.

Some teams do try and focus on one or the other but if you can balance the two and have a big enough squad to keep both situations strong then you have a chance.

“It keeps your season alive, it sounds stupid so early on, but if you do just keep your toe in the water you can nick results in the competition.

“It keeps the players’ shoulders pinned back and the fans alive, more revenue comes in for the clubs and there is more interest in the football clubs.”

Dion Dublin was speaking on behalf of credit card company Capital One, sponsor of The League Cup.

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