Former Coventry City captain Carl Baker has taken to his personal Facebook page to thank the supporters of Coventry City for their support during his four-and-a-half years with The Sky Blues. (Click on the image on the right, to see full size.)
As Transfer Deadline Day came to a close at 11pm last night, it was officially announced that Baker had agreed to a mutual termination of his contract, with a year left on the deal.
The 31 year old was the club’s longest serving player, making 182 appearances and had become a firm fan’s favourite after joining the club in January 2010 from Stockport County, going on to score 28 goals, but was deemed surplus to requirements this season by manager Steven Pressley, who appointed summer signing Reda Johnson as the new club captain.
Pressley said; “This was a very difficult decision for me to make because Carl has been brilliant for us since I joined.
“During the summer, we’ve assessed the options within the squad and we believe that it is a good time for Carl to look for a new challenge in his career and we sincerely wish him all the best with that.”
Baker’s full Facebook message;
Wow we’re [sic] do i start!!
After a long few hours late last night I decided to agree terms with Cov to terminate my contract. Obviously my first choice option was to stay and fight for my position but it was made very clear that I wasn’t going to play and anyone who knows me will no [sic] that sitting in the stands all season is not an option for me and career wise it would be the right decision for me and my fam to move on and start a new chapter and challenge in my life which I’m excited about.
This is a great club full of great people who do unbelievable work and are unsung heroes behind the scenes, I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about anyone at the club I have met and made some great friends who I’ll hopefully always keep in touch with.
This past 4/5 years have flew by for me and can honestly say I have loved every minute of it, that’s mainly down to the best fans in the country the amount of support and good luck messages I’ve had is overwhelming and very much appreciated thank you all so much for making my time here so special for me and my family.
One of the proudest moments in my life was to wear the armband against Arsenal away in front of so many fans, to captain a club of this size from were I have come from fighting since the age of 16 to survive having nothing and earning £50 a week for years with a young child is amazing for me. I’d also like to thank my wife Lynsey and the two best boys ever Louis and jaden future Cov players ha they have been on the journey with me all the way and always been there for me through good and bad, like they say behind every good man is a good women. [sic]
Lastly I’d like to wish everyone at the club, staff, players and fans all the very best I’m so happy the club is back home to the Ricoh finally and hope this can be the driving force to get fans back on board and help the team get back to wear they belong #PUSB
Ps – anyone got any jobs going lol x