The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FOURTH ROUND -

TONY MOW­BRAY is urg­ing the Coven­try City board not to al­low James Mad­di­son to leave this month.

The 19-year-old has scored twice in 11 league ap­pear­ances this term, and his many ad­mir­ers are thought to in­clude Spurs, who are syn­ony­mous with bring­ing through some of the best young English tal­ent in re­cent years.

Mow­bray warns that sell­ing Mad­di­son would sig­nif­i­cantly dam­age the Sky Blues’ push for pro­mo­tion.

“My dis­cus­sion points with the owner would al­ways have been that we’re try­ing to get out of the league, let’s not cut our­selves off at the knees by sell­ing our best play­ers,” he said.

“We need to keep the team to­gether and de­velop it to­gether, but let’s wait and see.

“I’m the foot­ball man­ager and the coach on the grass.

“I don’t make those fi­nan­cial de­ci­sions in the of­fice. I can only give them ad­vice on what I think is im­por­tant and right.

“If you want to be build­ing a team to be suc­cess­ful, you can’t be sell­ing all your best play­ers.

“They are the cur­rency of your foot­ball club and it’s hard to find tal­ent, es­pe­cially for noth­ing.”

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