Mark Robins sounded optimistic about Coventry City’s future following the club’s relegation to League Two last season.
“We have to take it on the chin,” Robins said in April, via the Coventry Telegraph.
“It’s happened and it’s the reality and we have to make sure we rebuild properly and have a real good go again next season to get back to this level – and hopefully we’ll only touch it – and bounce back into the Championship.
“We need to do that, we need to make sure we’re re-building solidly so we have enough strength in depth so we are good enough to help the kids in the building.
“There’s a real amount of quality among the young players and at one stage the youngest player in our team was 24, so they need more experience around them.”
Coventry fans made headlines last season with frequent protests against the club’s owners.
Their match against Sheffield United had to be halted after fans invaded the pitch with anti-Sisu banners, Sisu being the hedge fund that owns the Sky Blues.
In the match which confirmed Coventry’s relegation to League Two, a 1-1 draw against Charlton Athletic at the Ricoh Arena, kick-off was delayed fans from both teams threw plastic pigs on to the pitch.
Coventry lost to Forest Green...
The anger hasn’t subsided and it reached new heights on Tuesday night during the 1-0 defeat at home to Forest Green.
Coventry were the favourites heading into a game against a side that had won just one league match all season but Keanu Marsh-Brown’s goal sealed an unlikely win for the visitors.
... and one fan lost the plot
And one incensed Coventry fan couldn’t stand it any longer, storming on the pitch in the second half to berate the players.
The footage is something else. Forward Marc McNulty gets an earful from the fan before captain Michael Doyle forces him off the pitch.
The first steward to appear comes right at the end, after the supporter is casually allowed to walk off the pitch and away from the players.
Here’s how fans on Twitter reacted to the farcical scenes.
It says a lot about just how upset the fan is about the current situation that he was ready to receive a stadium ban simply to let the players know how he feels.