The Coventry Telegraph are today speculating on the players that have been told by Sky Blues’ boss Steven Pressley they are not part of his plans for next season.
Pressley had previously revealed to six players that they were surplus requirements, but The Coventry Telegraph are now reporting the figure to be eight players.
Gary McSheffrey, Jordan Clarke, David Bell, William Edjenguele, Kevin Malaga, Cody McDonald, Chris Dunn and Steven Jennings are the reported players.
Some names are not surprising as they have hardly featured since Pressley took charge following Mark Robins’ departure to Championship side Huddersfield Town.
One surprise however, is that of Steven Jennings who joined the club on a free transfer from Scottish side Motherwell last summer. Jennings made 45 appearances plus four substitute appearances in a successful first season at the club.
The 28-year-old was one of a number of last summer’s signings and, like Edjenguele, Malaga, Dunn and McDonald, is understood to still have another year left on his contract.
McSheffrey and Bell, meanwhile, are believed to have two years to go on their current deals.
Clarke is another surprise given that he was a highly-rated product of the club’s Academy who has represented England at Under-19 and Under-20 levels, but lost his place to fellow graduate and friend Cyrus Christie last term after failing to regain his form following six months out with a knee injury.
The first team return to pre-season training tomorrow, but with all of the above players having failed to find themselves new clubs or reach severance packages with the club so far, all are expected to report back for pre-season but not until Monday, when they are expected to train separately from the main group who will be put through a series of rigorous fitness tests on their return to Ryton tomorrow morning.