How a Short Season Saved Coventry United

Coventry United were in danger of relegation after a disappointing debut season in the FA Women’s Championship. Then a global pandemic saved them.

Founded in 2013, they have worked their way up to the second tier of English women’s football in a short time.

But this past season proved to be a challenge. United struggled to win games and eventually parted ways with manager Stuart Wilson in February.

After the re-appointment of Jay Bradford, the morale at Coventry soared.

Bradford’s squad sat in 10th place at the time it was accounced the 2019/20 season would end prematurely.

They were just one point above Charlton Athletic but had played two additional games. The abrupt end to the campaign meant there would be no relegation. Coventry’s place in the Championship remained safe.

Bradford said she is keen to build on what is being called “the season that never was.”

“I think we need to return to the basics and regain our identity,” Bradford said. “Surviving is no longer good enough, we have to push for more.”

A Fresh Start

Bradford has already begun preparing for next year with the integral contract extensions of Katy Morris, Helen Dermody and Amber Hughes.  

Morris won the Manager’s Player of the Season having joined from Chorley last summer.

“She gets her head down and works hard and this award is just the start for Katy,” Bradford said.

Speaking about her contract extension Morris said, “I thoroughly enjoyed my first season at the club and challenging with Coventry in the Championship, I want to do it again and keep building on what we did last season. I’m happy here.”

“I’ve loved it all to be honest, I think Leicester away has to be my favourite – our first win in the league, it felt so good to get those three points.”

After a turbulent debut season, Coventry United are looking forward to a fresh start under Bradford.

With the resigning of key players and plans to make strides forward, they aim to prove their place in the Championship.

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