‘Can everyone just grow up,’ ‘Everyone is a loser’ – Lots of Coventry City fans react to latest club development

Coventry City supporters face the prospect of a season outside their home city as talks between them and the Ricoh Arena have seemingly stalled.

There is some good news; an EFL meeting to discuss the situation and possibly revoke their League One status has been cancelled, but that’s only been done as a groundshare with Birmingham City has been put in place.

Whilst the news breaking this morning doesn’t mean they’re definitely playing at St Andrew’s next season, it is a huge blow to supporters who felt that a deal with the Ricoh Arena was close to becoming a reality.

The stumbling block is a move by SISU to ask a European Commission to look into the sale of the ground to Wasps in 2014. A legal challenge of the same deal had been rejected by the Supreme Court, which had led to talks resuming between the two parties.

However, Wasps see the latest move as similar to the legal challenge and that has once again caused talks to stall. Coventry released a statement attempting to clarify the situation this morning. The statement read:

“Coventry City can confirm that the planned English Football League (EFL) EGM and vote regarding the club’s place in the EFL has now been cancelled
This is because the Club has met the EFL’s criteria regarding ensuring a venue for matches next season and the ability to fulfil fixtures, by now having a groundshare venue and agreement in place.

This groundshare is in place to make sure the Club has somewhere to play in the scenario of a deal to play at the Ricoh Arena not being agreed.
We can confirm that talks with the aim to achieve a deal to play at the Ricoh Arena are continuing between Coventry City Football Club, its owners SISU and Wasps Holdings Limited.

Our focus and desire is to agree a deal at the Ricoh Arena – this is everyone’s preferred option, and the right option for Coventry City. While the backup of a groundshare exists to ensure the future of the Football Club continues, another groundshare is not something anyone wants to happen.

Details of the agreed groundshare and of our ongoing discussions with Wasps Holdings Limited remain confidential, due to mutually signed confidentiality agreements.

We understand the frustration that fans are feeling, and have expressed to us, at not knowing where their Club will be playing next season, not being able to plan for next season and supporting Mark Robins and the team, and the time that this is taking.

In the middle of it all are the long-suffering Sky Blues supporters, who have been reacting on social media this morning.

1 Comment

  1. To have not declared this appeal action that would involve Wasps suffering a massive financial loss if successful while negotiating with Wasps is underhand and shows the owners do not care at all for Coventry City supporters and gave false hope of a deal. I wont be going to St Andrews for 1.

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