The Football League Paper - - CHRIS DUNLAVY -

COVEN­TRY sack­ing Rus­sell Slade is like chang­ing the pi­anist on the Ti­tanic. It won’t make a blind bit of dif­fer­ence when it comes to avoid­ing the ice­berg.

In fact, the col­li­sion has al­ready hap­pened and icy water is fill­ing the bow.

For Mark Robins, the only task left is to stand on deck as the ship slips to the gloomy depths.

While own­ers Sisu re­main at the helm, no man­ager has a hope. Not Slade. Not Robins. Not a dream team of Pep, Jose and Sir Alex.

The man in the dugout is ir­rel­e­vant when the peo­ple up­stairs refuse to in­vest, in­sult sup­port­ers with si­lence and en­gage in petty, un­winnable wars with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

Sisu, and Sisu alone, are re­spon­si­ble for the wretched per­for­mances, the fall­ing gates, the now in­evitable rel­e­ga­tion to League Two.

And the worst thing is they don’t ap­pear to even care.

They have been a stain on football and a can­cer on Coven­try. Sack­ing an­other man­ager won’t de­flect from their neg­li­gence one iota.

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