‘Laughable’ – Coventry City fans react to first public statement from Sisu since 2016

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.

 

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