‘Just get sisu out of our club!’ Coventry fans react to club statement on Sky Blues future

Coventry City released a statement yesterday which further angered supporters concerned over the club’s future.

The EFL gave the club until 5 pm yesterday to advise it on where the club proposes to play its football next season ahead of an EFL board meeting today. The club said it had complied with this request and said in its statement.

‘No decision on the Club’s future will be made either today or tomorrow.’

‘The Club will confirm its aim is to agree a deal at our home, the Ricoh Arena. This is best for the Coventry City Football Club, its fans, the community and all parties.’

The Sky Blues have been caught in the middle of an increasingly bitter legal dispute between their private equity fund owners, Sisu Capital, Coventry City Council and Wasps Rugby Club.

Coventry’s four-year tenancy at the Ricoh Arena expires at the end of the current campaign. The club wants to renew it but Wasps, who bought the 32,000-seater stadium from the council in 2014, will not negotiate with Sisu who are pursuing legal action against the council over the sale, with Wasps named as an interested party.

Sisu is waiting for the case to be heard in the Supreme Court after losing in both the High Court and Court of Appeal.

A stalemate has held for months, but with the EFL’s extraordinary general meeting looming on 25 April, in which the expulsion of the Sky Blues from the EFL is a real possibility, time is running out to resolve matters.

Mediation was ordered by the High Court a year ago, and for the first time, all parties are set to convene for a meeting in Westminster next week.

The Ricoh Arena was built for the Sky Blues in 2005, but the club has been dogged by controversy since the Sisu takeover in 2007. Supporters, who previously suffered home games being played thirty-five miles away in Northampton, have repeatedly protested against Sisu, calling on them to drop their legal action to ease negotiations.

Angry and worried fans soon reacted to the statement, highlighting the lack of clarity and criticising the unpopular owners. Here is a small selection of their responses.

 

 

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