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Andy Rose needs to change his mentality to win a job at Coventry City

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray tells the Coventry City team site how the central mid will make his roster.

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With the Seattle Sounders Andy Rose usually had Osvaldo Alonso sitting behind him. That meant he could do what Brad Evans does, bursting forward on occasion, take some risks, flash wide - that box-to-box stuff. His athleticism and that box-to-box nature are impressing Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray during Rose's trial.

Andy doesn't know how we play specifically and he's come to join us for training, there are certain aspects we've talked to him about how we play with our midfield players.

He's an old fashioned box-to-box player, he'll run into the opposition's box and runs back. We don't necessarily play like that so he's taking on some tactical advice.

That means Rose needs to play in spaces more like Alonso does or Carrasco did. Rose has succeeded in that role as recently as the LA playoff win, but it was Erik Friberg who typically sat deeper in much of the run up to, and in, the playoffs. In a more advanced role, he has even flirted as a CAM a few times this season.

Being a more defensive midfielder is in his skillset. His size is handy in winning long balls against, his lateral movement is good and he tackles well. But, by nature, he excels with that late burst into the box as a scoring option.

How quickly he can respond to Mowbray's desires will determine if Rose stays with the Sky Blues. The Sounders do want to keep him, even offering him a contract last Spring. It may be that he stays in Seattle because he's a better tactical fit and rather than not being talented enough to sign in Coventry.

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