Crawley boss expresses sympathy for Sky Blues fans

Crawley Town boss John Gregory admits he has sympathy for Coventry City fans - but is still determined to spoil their weekend.

Gregory had plenty of battles with the Sky Blues in the Premier League when he was manager of Aston Villa at the turn of the century and will renew the rivalry on Sunday when Crawley take on Steven Pressley's men.

Coventry have slipped down the divisions since then due to mismanagement off the field and their situation has worsened this season by playing their home games at Northampton due to a dispute with the owners of the Ricoh Arena.

Gregory said: "I would never have envisaged Coventry to be where they are at the moment.

"They are a fantastic football club with great history and tradition and were members of top flight for such a long time.

"In these situations you think of the fans as they still turn up and pay their money. It is not their fault they are playing at Northampton at the moment.

"It is off field people who have messed it up for supporters. They would love to see themselves back in Premier League one day and that can happen.

"They have done really well this season considering the situation they have found themselves in so it will be a tough game for us but we have been in good form in the league recently and will be looking to build on that.

"We were poor against Bristol Rovers in midweek so I'll be looking to see a reaction from that on Sunday."

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