Coventry City manager Stephen Pressley has admitted on several occasions that he cannot wait for the transfer embargo at the club to be lifted. This would allow him to finally strengthen the squad, which has been looking threadbare. Despite the lack of numbers in the squad, Pressley is not lacking in quality due to the presence of players like Adam Barton. The manager was in full praise of the 22-year-old, who has been one of the shining lights for the club in the last few years. Coventry have faced a huge number of problems off the pitch.

Pressley, though, is confident that the club will be able to come out on the other side as a stronger one. The 22-year-old Barton was extremely good for the club last season, but he did not manage to make it into the first-team at all times. This would change in the coming seasons according to Pressly. The club will be taking on Mansfield Town in a pre-season friendly match. This could be one of the few exercises for the club before they take on Crawley Town in the opening game of the season.

Coventry will be looking to straightaway get off the mark with three points from this away fixture. A number of players have already left the club.

“Adam’s an integral part of the future of this club. He’s very easy on the eye and nobody has ever doubted his football ability.There are certain aspects of his game we have to improve, but he understands that. At the tail-end of last season we worked on his defensive organisation and I’ve seen an improvement in that. He’s really looked after himself in the summer and if we can bring it all together we have a wonderful player on our hands,” said the manager.