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Joe Cole signs for Coventry City

Joe Cole Credit: PA

Former England international Joe Cole has agreed to sign a 35-day loan deal with League One club Coventry.

The 33-year-old will sign for the club on Monday, where he will remain until 22 November. He will be at the Ricoh Arena tomorrow to watch Coventry City take on Blackpool.

City manager Tony Mowbray said: "I'm delighted to welcome such a high-calibre player to the club.

"Joe has a great pedigree, both on the domestic and international stage, and I'm sure he'll have a fantastic impact during his time at the club."


Coventry City sign striker Marc Antoine-Fortune

Fortune during his time at Wigan Athletic Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/PA Images

Coventry City have confirmed the signing of striker Marc Antoine-Fortune on a one-year deal.

The former West Brom player has trained with the Sky Blues over the past week and impressed manager Tony Mowbray.

Since starting to play in the United Kingdom, Antoine-Fortune has also played for sides including Celtic, Wigan Athletic and Doncaster Rovers.

He will wear the number 32 shirt for the Sky Blues.

He'll give the squad a physical presence up front and he'll bring plenty of experience to the squad, which the young players can tap into."

"He's a great option for us to have and with Marc in our squad, I think we've got a better balance in the forward areas."

– Tony Mowbray, Coventry City manager

Mowbray signs new two-year deal at Coventry City

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray has signed a new two-year deal with the club.

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray Credit: PA Wire/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mowbray joined the Sky Blues in March on a short-term contract and guided the club to League One safety.

He will now start work on next year's campaign after extensive talks with the club's owners and board.


Wasps to replace much-criticised pitch at the Ricoh Arena ahead of Coventry City's next home match

Coventry City's pitch has been criticised by the club's manager Credit: Jon Buckle/EMPICS Sport

Wasps have announced plans to lay a temporary new pitch at the Ricoh Arena ahead of Coventry City's next home game.

The pitch has been much-criticised by a number of visiting teams and even by the Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley.

It's difficult to play in the manner that I want my team to play in on that pitch. The standard of the pitch is so poor.

In fact, at this moment in time, the Ricoh Arena pitch is probably the worst in the entire Football League.

– Steven Pressley, Coventry City manager (speaking in November)
Steven Pressley has called the pitch the worst in the Football League Credit: Jon Buckle/PA Archive/Press Association Images
Wasps will play their first match on 21 December at the Ricoh Arena Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Wasps say they will fully relay the pitch over the summer in order to be ready for the 2015/16 season.

The club's subsidiary ACL (Arena Coventry Ltd), which owns 50% of the stadium, will fund the temporary replacement.

The surface is expected to be ready in time for Coventry's next home game against Fleetwood Town on 20 December.

We are not willing to compromise on the quality of the playing surface and recognise that this issue needs to be addressed now, so we have provided the best temporary solution available to us.

– Nick Eastwood, Wasps Chief Executive

Wasps' match will be on 21 December against London Irish following their purchase of 50% of the stadium.

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