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Life after Groves

Coventry
vs.
AFC Bournemouth

Ricoh Arena

6th October 2012

3pm

Managerless AFC Bournemouth travel to Coventry just three days after the sacking of Paul Groves and his assistant manager Shaun Brooks.

The duo were re-leaved of their duties following a third consecutive defeat on Tuesday night away to Crawley Town.

There hasn't been an official word on who will take over as caretaker manager for the game, however first team coach Dennis Rofe has been charged with taking the players for training and looks likely to be in control for the game.

Vital Quotes:

Rofe told afcb.co.uk...

"At this moment in time, I am taking each day as it comes. Chris Hargreaves and myself took training yesterday (Thursday), and unless we are told otherwise, we will take training today. If there is no call later, we will take the team to Coventry.

"As soon as we were asked to take training, our minds have been on the Coventry game, it has to be that way. We have watched clips of Coventry games to familiarise ourselves with them to prepare for the game if we are in charge."

Coventry Team News:

Coventry have recently announced Mark Robins as their new manager and he has a few injury concerns ahead of the match.

Defender William Edjenguele will have a late test to see if he is in contention.

Jordan Clarke, Reece Brown, Cody McDonald and Kevin Kilbane all missed the mid-week game against the team from stadium:mk but could all be in contention for Saturday.

Player to watch: Cody McDonald

Former AFC Bournemouth transfer target Cody McDonald has scored three goals in all competitions so far this season.

AFC Bournemouth Team News:

Stephen Purches enjoyed his first outdoor jog on Thursday since breaking his leg last season but still has a long way to return to full fitness.

Other long term absentees Darryl Flahavan, Simon Francis and Charlie Sheringham also remain out.

While Shaun MacDonald and Harry Arter are also unlikely to be involved.

Player to watch: Miles Addison

After a poor performance at Crawley the Cherries squad will look towards their captain to lift them following the departure of manager Paul Groves.

Match Facts & Stats

Head to Head

Bournemouth wins - 16
Coventry City wins - 23
Draws - 10

Last time out

The last time the Cherries travelled to Coventry was in 1988 for the League Cup second round. The Cherries lost on the night 3-1, going out of the competition 7-1 on aggregate.

This will be the first meeting between the two sides in a league meeting since 1964.

Next Fixtures:

Saturday 13th October 2012, AFC Bournemouth V Leyton Orient, 3pm.


Writer:DJ
Date:Friday October 5 2012
Time: 8:32AM

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