Thorn hopes King can help fight relegation

01 April 2011 09:28
King's return welcome as Thorn prepares for Championship survival Coventry City caretaker manager Andy Thorn will be able to select Marlon King for Saturday's home game against King's former club Watford. King has served his four match suspension  for being sent off against in the defeat to Bristol City, but has been raining hard and is ready to help his side fight relegation. Thorn said, “He’s buzzing. I’ve had a good chat with Marlon and he’s flying in training, so that’s a big boost for us." King is the Sky Blues top scorer so far this season with seven goals in his 18 games and his return to the side should give Coventry a much needed boost in the attack. “He’s been brilliant on the training pitch and he’s champing at the bit to get back in the side. He’s been good around the place and worked his socks off. He’s disappointed with his suspension but Kingy is no problem and he can play football.” King has yet to play for Coventry City since his friend and mentor Aidy Boothroyd was sacked as manager following a very poor run of form which saw City drop from fifth to 20th place in the Championship table. When Thorn took over the managers duties he altered the style of play and he believes that King is perfectly suited to the new tactics and he will do well in front of goal. “He’ll thrive in this system and he’s a massive player for us,” said Thorn. “He’s a leader but you would be surprised there have been a lot who have taken the mantle on, some who you might have thought may not have been able to and some who you would think have and haven’t, but Kingy has been great and it is great to have him back.” King has attracted envious glances from promotion chasing Championship club as well as some Premier League outfits and was subject to an enquiry on the emergency loan transfer deadline day from Cardiff City, but it then emerged that Coventry are under a transfer embargo so the deal came to nothing.