Ged Scott says a late run into the play-offs is the best that the Sky Blues can hope for this season...
Gordon Strachan might currently be suffering the "worst nightmare of his managerial career" with Celtic but, while he has clearly forgotten what happened to him in his days at Coventry City, nobody at Highfield Road has.
It's four years now since Strachan achieved what 14 of his predecessors had failed to do and got the Sky Blues relegated from English football's top flight.
Worse still, in the wake of dropping back down a level for the first time in 34 years, Coventry have rarely looked like getting back.
Not since the early days of Roland Nilsson immediately after Strachan's departure in the late summer of 2001 have the Sky Blues looked like a side capable of bouncing back to the Premiership.
Coventry got to third in Division One after going unbeaten in the Swede's first 11 games in charge, and everything looked rosy. But the gloss of winning a 'Manager of the Month' award within weeks of taking charge soon wore off for Nilsson. And, when Coventry lost their final five games to slip from fourth to 11th by season's end, his services were dispensed with.
Yet that final resting place of 11th in 2002 is the highest finish Coventry have had since returning to this level.
Gary McAllister could only manage 20th in his only full season, while Eric Black's reward for improving Coventry to 12th was, like Nilsson before him, the sack.
Then, last season, having inherited a team in a mess following six months under a disillusioned Peter Reid, Micky Adams' task was simple . . . to save the Sky Blues from the drop.
That he did, almost with comfort as it turned out, when the threat of relegation was finally averted with still a week of the campaign in hand.
Now comes the hard part for Adams.
As far as the league table looks before a ball is kicked, the Coventry boss appears back on a level playing field. But, as all his successors could have told him, that's certainly not the case when it comes to resources.
Coventry might have a gleaming new stadium to move into, but Adams' hands have remained as tied financially this summer as they were for all his predecessors.
Like any good Yorkshireman who knows how to look after the pennies, Adams will never be out of work as long as there is a football club out there wanting a sound job done on a tight budget.
But, with fallen giants like Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United and last season's three relegated clubs to take into the equation, the likely contenders for the top six already look overloaded. And Coventry may have to settle for what the bookies have them down for . . . mid-table obscurity.
With the play-offs system, there is always hope, however. Even a team in mid-table can always nurture hopes of a late run for sixth spot if they can put a winning run together at the right time. And that will be the key thought to sustain Adams and his men over the next nine months.
Many of Adams' summer headaches have surrounded his quest for a new goalkeeper to replace the four used last season. But, with only young Jonathan Tuffey in reserve, a pre-season injury scare for new signing Clayton Ince now looks to have been avoided. And, as far as his outfield players are concerned, Adams appears to have shopped wisely.
Jamie Scowcroft and Matt Heath are proven forces at this level, while Richard Duffy showed great promise in his first stay with the Sky Blues last season.
Perhaps even more important were the ones Adams resigned. The news that Stephen Hughes, despite overtures from Sunderland, and Gary McSheffrey would stay acted as a catalyst to the majority of Coventry's other out-of-contract players to commit their futures.
A lot now depends on the Sky Blues' start. And, because the new stadium not being ready in time for this Saturday's big kick-off, they could not have made things any tougher for themselves.
An already daunting opening fixture against promotion favourites Norwich City has been made even harder by the game being switched to Carrow Road. Then come the already scheduled successive away trips to Millwall and Burnley.
When Coventry finally take the field for their first home game at their new 32,000 all- seater home against Queens Park Rangers on August 20, the die may already be cast.
But if the Sky Blues can limit the damage, then Adams' side could set themselves up for a better season than many would dare hope.