Pressley on the radar for Terriers? Fleck told to sharpen up.
Byline: Alan Poole Sport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Robins has been RK Robins has been dumped by Hudderseld Town one match into the T season - and the Championship club, who lured him away from Coventry City 18 months ago, could now set their sights on his Sky Blues replacement Steven Pressley.
"e Terriers' decline in T the second half of last season put Robins under pressure and summer rumours suggested that he would be given a month to improve the situation.
"at schedule was brought forward, however, when two goals from Callum Wilson condemned them to a humiliating 4-0 home defeat against Bournemouth on Saturday. It is understood that Hudderseld chairman Dean Hoyle has earmarked Pressley as a prime candidate to take over at the John Smith's Stadium.
And, with Pressley still operating on a shoestring budget while the Ricoh Arena saga drags on, Sky Blues fans will be hoping that history doesn't repeat itself if the Scot is o-ered the opportunity to bale out and enjoy resources that match his TURN TO PAGE 43 personal ambitions. With his Sky Blues hat still rmly on, however, Pressley has conrmed why star mid elder John Fleck was relegated to the bench for Saturday's League One opener, a 3-2 defeat at Bradford.
"I'll be honest," he said, "his levels of tness need to improve and he's very much aware of that. We've got standards at this football club that I expect every player to achieve and John's no dierent.
"He's a huge talent, probably our most gifted football player, but he has to reach those standards. I'm sure that over the coming weeks he will."
Fleck certainly looked fully committed when he went on in the 67th minute at Bradford, testing home keeper Jordan Pickford with a cracking long-range shot before launching the run that, City were convinced, should have earned him a penalty rather than a yellow card for diving."
Pressley also explained the reason behind Danny Seaborne's departure on the eve of the trip to Valley Parade.
"I spoke to Danny at the tail-end of last season and, a little bit like with Carl Baker, told him I was planning to bring in another player in his position so his game-time might be limited and the opportunity was there to leave if he didn't want that at this stage of his career.
"He's taken that opportunity and I would imagine he'll sign with another club in the next couple of days. We wish him all the best because he's a really good professional.
"It was a tough call because we had a really good relationship but this was nothing personal, just a footballing decision which I thought could move on the club further. He took it well and his attitude in pre-season was terric."
" Pressley has dropped a strong hint that homebred keeper Lee Burge will face Card in Wednesday's Capital One Cup tie after on-loan Ryan Allsop was given the nod at Bradford.
"It was a tight decision," said Pressley, "and it's vitally important that Lee gets game-time as well so they can continue to push each other.
"'ere are opportunities in cup games to gain experience and I think that's going to be an important pathway for Lee."
The 1,406 City fans who travelled to Bradford seized the opportunity to stage another protest about their ongoing exile from the Ricoh Arena