Coventry City fans have been reacting to the public statement issued by owners Sisu since 2016.
In an open letter issued on the club’s official website, the London hedge fund has set out the conditions for dropping their legal challenge against the Coventry City Council over the sale of the Ricoh Arena to rugby club Wasps.
The future of the ground is the subject of an impasse between the three parties which needs to be resolved by the end of the season, or the Sky Blues could be left homeless and facing possible expulsion from the EFL.
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 while the legal action which names Wasps as an interested party is ongoing.
Sisu is waiting for the Supreme Court to hear the case after losing in both the High Court and Court of Appeal. If Sisu wins, it could mean Wasps’ paying the council around £30million extra for the Ricoh Arena, and leave them facing possible bankruptcy.
Sisu said in the statement that they would drop the legal action over the Ricoh Arena if Coventry City Council supports the development of a new stadium for the club, which will enable them to develop further the football club and help them achieve their ambition of long term sustainable success.
Sisu also made a point of highlighting the success the team have already had under their ownership which has seen two wins at Wembley and finds the team mounting a serious challenge for a League One Playoff spot after last season’s promotion from League Two.
Long-suffering Sky Blues fans soon took to Twitter to respond to the statement, and many were quick to vent their anger and frustration at the ongoing situation. Here is a selection to their replies to the open letter.
Laughable. The 2 Wembley visits only occurred as a result of the club failing under their ownership. We should never have been competing in either the Checkatrade Trophy or League 2. Even Shane Warne didn't try to spin things this much
— Lee Bennett (@benno103) March 13, 2019
So basically SISU are continuing the legal battle and therefore there is still a possibility of the club facing expulsion from the league. But it’s not there fault it’s everyone else’s fault?.We knew since the start everyone involved is to blame. Not good news imo #PUSB #CCFC
— Joe shaw (@JoeshawCCFC) March 14, 2019
Happy days. That ‘old’ new stadium is back on the cards… I treat this whole thing as a comedy now ??#pusb
— Avi (@avi_c7) March 13, 2019
Perhaps if Sisu had tried to communicate earlier instead of making enemies with everyone, they might be seen in a better light and had a shred of credibility. I'll believe anything when I see it. That's be best I can do. #ccfc #pusb
— Ray Pencavel (@mondyskyblue) March 13, 2019
No mention in that statement of trying to distress any organisations to acquire a lucrative asset on the cheap. Not an ounce of accountability in this. Truly disgraceful.
— Lee Bennett (@benno103) March 13, 2019
If we drop legal action the council let’s us build a new stadium and we temporarily stay at the Ricoh it would be the perfect scenario however it really does not look like it
— Dan (@daniel_ccfc) March 13, 2019
The legal challenge has always been a load of rubbish anyway, that’s why it was thrown out by numerous judges and hearings. It’s now like SISU feel they are being the bigger person by dropping the legals which were unjust in the first place! #pusb
— Matt Potts (@MattCPotts) March 13, 2019
More can-kicking into the ever growing grass by SISU there. Total smoke and mirrors. We’ve heard it all before. #sisuout
— Damien R. Kimberley (@DamienK73) March 13, 2019
If we go to a smaller arena it cements the club as a lower league team and the jimmy hill era will have all meant nothing in the long run for the club.
— filipposgregory (@filipposgregory) March 14, 2019
Fair statement. Our ground is the answer right? Wasps have Ricoh now. Move on.
— Scott Lymath (@Scott_Lymath) March 13, 2019