At 11pm last night, upon the close of the 2013/2014 summer transfer window, Coventry City finally offloaded the last remaining members of the self-dubbed ‘Bomb Squad’ as it was confirmed Gary McSheffrey had agreed to a mutual termination of his contract.
At the end of last season, manager Steven Pressley told the three along with William Edjenguele, Cody McDonald, Jordan Clarke, David Bell and Chris Dunn that they were free to find new clubs as they did not feature in his plans going forward despite the club being under a transfer embargo for entering administration.
This embargo was changed during the summer to a ‘rolling embargo’ which allows the club to sign players on a one-in-one-out basis, with the incoming players being on no more than 75% of the departing players wages. This ruling has allowed the arrivals of Andy Webster and Mathieu Manset to bolster the squad.
The first member of the ‘Bomb Squad’ to leave was Cody McDonald who cancelled his contract, before it was announced that he had signed for fellow League One side Gillingham; his third spell at the club.
Then it was announced that Jordan Clarke was being reinstated back into Pressley’s first team squad, and he has since started every game of the 2013/2014 season in central defence, despite being a right back
Following McDonald out of the exit door was David Bell who joined Notts County on a free transfer and Chris Dunn who joined Yeovil Town.
WIlliam Edjenguele was the next to leave as he joined relegated side Bury in League Two, where he now partners former Sky Blue Nathan Cameron the centre of The Shaker’s defence.
This left Malaga, McSheffrey and Jennings as the only remaining members.