Coventry City agonisingly missed out on promotion to the Premier League on Saturday after they were beaten by Luton Town in the Championship play-off final after the game went to penalties.
Whilst Luton can start planning how to spend the millions they will earn in the top flight, The Sky Blues will be reassessing how they can spend one of the lowest budgets in the second tier, as they attempt another assault on the top six.
On Tuesday they announced their retained list and along with Fankaty Dabo who was the unfortunate one to miss the penalty in the final, former Preston North End striker Sean Maguire was among those released by the club. The 29-year-old joined Coventry in January after being deemed surplus to requirements at Deepdale.
Maguire had spent five-and-a-half years with Preston after joining from Cork City in the summer of 2017. A key player under Alex Neil, he was troubled with numerous injuries and his first season with the club when he scored 10 league goals would prove to be his best. His importance and impact for Preston gradually dwindled and it wasn’t a surprise to see him leave midway through this season.
A move to Coventry was a great chance for him to try and rediscover his form in the Championship. It proved to be hard to break into the side though with Viktor Gyokeres and Matty Godden the preferred striking options. Seani only started one game and in total only played 107 minutes for Mark Robins’ side.
He didn’t even make the squad for the play-off final, and having only signed a contract till the end of the season, it wasn’t a surprise to see him let go.
After a disappointing few years in the Championship you think Maguire’s next move would be in League One or Two. He may have interest in Scotland, but he really needs to be going somewhere where he can start games. He hasn’t started more than 15 league games in his last three seasons.
He needs a good run under his belt so he can try and rediscover some of the form that got North End fans so excited in his first season. He gave us some memorable moments including goals on Gentry Day against Bolton Wanderers and a last minute winner at home to Birmingham City.
Hopefully he can get a decent move this summer and start scoring goals again.