Micky Adams waved goodbye to one player yesterday but made clear his intention not to lose another after Ipswich Town revealed their interest in Dele Adebola, writes Brian Dick.
While the Coventry City manager released Moroccan trialist Faysal El-Idrissi after only a month with the club he also warned Jim Magilton, his counterpart at Portman Road, off the former Birmingham striker.
"Dele is not for sale but every player has his price," said Adams who echoed the stance he took over Gary McSheffrey. The midfielder is now a Blues player.
But the manager stated his preference to keep the burly forward, saying: "As far as I am concerned, Dele is very much part of my plans here."
El-Idrissi played in the draw with Leicester and the Carling Cup defeat by Hereford United but not sufficiently well enough to earn a permanent move.
"We would like to thank Faysal for his efforts during his time here but we decided not to offer him a deal," Adams said. "I would like to wish him all the best as he looks to get himself fixed up with a club."
Meanwhile, midfielder Jay Tabb is targeting a swift return to action after under-going a double hernia operation in Germany during the weekend.
The former Brentford man suffered an abdominal injury while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland under-21 side earlier this month, forcing him to miss the Sky Blues' last three league games.
Tabb, 22, will miss the Republic's under-21 match this weekend but is hopeful of returning when City resume Championship action against Norwich at the Ricoh Arena on September 9.
"The operations went well and although it was painful to start off with it has settled down well and I am hoping I will be able to get back into training as soon as possible and take it from there," Tabb said.