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Aidy defends Westwood axe

COVENTRY CITY boss Aidy Boothroyd has defended his decision to drop Ireland keeper Keiren Westwood over the player's refusal to sign a new contract at the Ricoh Arena.

Westwood, in Dublin today to train with the Ireland squad ahead of Friday's Euro 2012 game in Armenia, was on the bench for the Sky Blues, who went down 3-1 to Millwall on Saturday, as the club are unhappy with the delay from Westwood in signing a contract extension.

"As a manager, you've got to make decisions and I made one regarding the goalkeeper (Westwood)," said Boothroyd.

"We've got a situation where I want him to sign, his representatives want him to sign, the club and everybody in Coventry wants him to sign but he's not quite sure yet. I do want to make it very, very clear that I absolutely love Keiren. I think he's a terrific keeper and a brilliant lad."

"He needs fair but firm handling and I think he'll go all the way to the very top. But he's not ready, nobody's come in for him and therefore I've got to go with what I think is consistent and settled."

"I want Keiren to play in the Premiership with us but, as good as he is, I've got a decision to make before the next game. I have to have a chat with him and find out it he's part of the future here or not. If he isn't, we'll have to deal with it."