FL urged to block groundshare

Arena Coventry Limited have called on the Football League to block Coventry's proposed groundshare with Northampton.

Last Updated: 04/07/13 at 17:21

Ricoh Arena: Home to Coventry for the past eight years

Ricoh Arena: Home to Coventry for the past eight years

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Ricoh Arena management company Arena Coventry Limited have issued a statement calling on the Football League to block Coventry's proposed groundshare with Northampton at Sixfields Stadium.

Sky Blues chief executive Tim Fisher revealed plans in May to move into a new stadium having claimed City had been given no choice but to leave the Ricoh Arena as their lengthy rent row with ACL rumbles on, with a proposal to play 'home' games elsewhere for three years while an alternative venue is being built.

Unconfirmed reports are now stating that groundshare has been agreed and Coventry, from the start of the forthcoming 2013/14 campaign, will play at Sixfields - 34 miles and 39 minutes away.

Cobblers chairman David Cardoza admits talks have taken place but an agreement is far from complete amid speculation the Football League is meeting on Thursday to discuss the move.

And ACL, who manage the Ricoh Arena on behalf of joint owners the Alan Edward Higgs Charity and Coventry City Council and have insisted throughout the process that they remain committed to keeping the club at the stadium, want the League to veto the move.

Their statement read: "We want to see the Sky Blues playing home games in their home city at their rightful home the Ricoh Arena.

"This is what the supporters of Coventry City are pleading for. The way the fans have been treated by the club's owners is utterly cruel and any proposal that the club should be ripped from Coventry and relocated to Northampton, or anywhere else outside the city, is absolutely heartbreaking for everyone involved. It cannot make financial sense for the club.

"With the club set to remain in administration for some months to come, we have already made an offer to the joint administrator for them to play at the Ricoh Arena during this time. So far we have heard absolutely nothing in response to this offer, which is astonishing given the circumstances.

"There is no reason for the club to leave the city of Coventry. We trust that the Football League, as an organisation which holds the passions and interests of fans close to its heart, will not sanction this proposed move under any circumstances."

League One City are understood to be closing in on a site in the Coventry area to build their new stadium, just eight years after first moving from Highfield Road and becoming tenants at the 32,600 capacity Ricoh Arena.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

f Klopp is available and willing to go there, they have to sign him up. Far better manager than Rodgers. The reason Liverpool fail in so many big games is the inflexible nature of their manager and his inability to find strikers who fit into his inflexible style of play. A feature of nearly every game that the team comes up short is the way the opposition midfield appears to overpower them. It's too easy.

Gab1965
Make Way For A Proper Genius, Brendan

B

est player award should not go to a player who's second best at all the importent categories (i.e goals, assists etc) just because his team is at the top. If you are not first you are last; if you're second you are the first loser ( looking at you Hazard). David De Gea for POTY.

mrbigstuff
Chelsea Not Worthy? Oh Please Stop It...

Y

ou can win five in a row or lose five in a row... Or in Carver's case you can win one in a row or lose five in a row.

black_waltz
Carver: I'm up to the job

Footer 365

Tom Cleverley credits Tim Sherwood for turning around Villa's fortunes

Tom Cleverley says Aston Villa have been transformed by Tim Sherwood's attacking mentality.

Tottenham move perfect for me, says Dele Alli

Dele Alli is looking forward to getting his Tottenham career started and feels it will be good for him to work under Mauricio Pochettino.

Robin van Persie plays first game in nine weeks for Man Utd

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie got an hour's play under his belt on Monday in his first game since February.

Mail Box

Klopp Over Rodgers? Not On Your Nelly

Liverpool fans have short memories and should give Rodgers more time, while Jose's tactics and claims are getting many more in a stew. It's the afternoon Mailbox...

Thank You And Goodbye, Mr Rodgers

The genius of Tactics Tim, time is up for Rodgers, the curious case of Eric Lamela, and the flaws of tactical voting - today's Mailbox is bursting at the seams...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company