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The day I gave Shearer hell . . . ..SUBH. Chris Whyte only played one game for Coventry but what a game it was .CAPT: ONE-MATCH WONDER: "I don't want to sound big-headed, but I had a really good game" - Chris Whyte gets to grips with Alan Shearer in his one and only Sky Blues match.

BIG MATCH PREVIEW

Coventry City v Leeds United

HAVING played with Gordon Strachan at Leeds, centre-half Chris Whyte knows all about the manager's passion to win.

And although the Sky Blues have just pride to play for this weekend, the player feels the Yorkshire club connection will make for an exciting climax to the campaign.

Whyte enjoyed three years at United and although his spell with City was extremely brief, he certainly left a lasting impression on the club. Ron Atkinson drafted him in to the Coventry defence in December 1995 when he marked Alan Shearer out of the game as City slaughtered Premiership champions Blackburn Rovers 5-0 at a snowbound Highfield Road.

But one game was all the experienced defender played for the club after Birmingham City sent him off on loan for a month but failed to realise he was suspended for the following two games. ''Coventry is a fantastic club and I had a short but brilliant time there,'' said the 37-year-old who has just been released by Nationwide Conference side Rushden and Diamonds.

''I remember my only game there very well and I don't want to sound big headed, but I had a great game and did really well against Alan Shearer.

''But I was disappointed because Ron (Atkinson) told me before the game that I was suspended after that. He said it with his big grin and I thought he was joking.

''I knew I'd had a few bookings but Birmingham had messed up with the paperwork and I thought the suspension wasn't due for a while. It was a shame because I had hoped to make the move permanent back into the top flight.''

Whyte is surprised with City's form this season and feels his old club Leeds are on the brink of something really special.

''Coventry have struggled a bit on and off for years but I am surprised with this season because at certain times in the year they have had some really good results and I felt they would go on a bit of a run to enable them to finish mid-table.

''Like all clubs in the Premiership, they have got some good players and knowing Gordon Strachan from my Leeds days, Coventry have certainly got a manager with plenty of fire and passion.''

He added: ''Leeds have got one hell of a side at the moment and have proved they can hold their own against any Premiership side.

''I can only really see them going one way and that is up. But both managers will want to finish on a high on Sunday and with all the ex-Leeds connections, I'm sure it will be an exciting match, although I have to say I think it will finish all square.''

Whyte went on to play for Charlton and Oxford, as well as having two spells in America with Detroit Neon in an indoor league, before joining Rushden.

''I'm currently putting the feelers out for a player/coach position,'' he said. ''I still feel I've got another season left in my legs but I really would like to move into coaching.''
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Turner, Andy
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 14, 1999
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