Next Game

MK Dons v Coventry

Saturday, 23 August 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet League 1

Sixfields Stadium

Last Game

Coventry 2 - 2 Barnsley

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 19:45

Sky Bet League 1

Coventry look to Northampton

Coventry City are in discussions with the Football League over plans to groundshare with Northampton Town for the next three seasons.

Last Updated: 05/07/13 at 11:58 Post Comment

Ricoh Arena in Coventry - home or away?

Ricoh Arena in Coventry - home or away?

The owners of the Ricoh Arena were prepared to let the club play there rent-free this season but City have elected to pursue a deal with the League Two outfit.

The deal would see City pay to hire the ground, which is a 68-mile round-trip from Coventry, on matchdays only.

Coventry had been looking at groundshare options after becoming embroiled in a rent dispute with the owners of their stadium, Arena Coventry Ltd (ACL) last year.

The move to Northampton looks likely to go ahead though despite the opposition of supporters' groups, who are vehemently opposed to the club leaving their home city.

A Sky Blue Trust spokesman said: "We know supporters overwhelmingly oppose any move out of Coventry and the Trust's view is simple: it is unthinkable that CCFC play home games outside the city in which we were founded and is our home."

The club have been in administration since March and, despite being bought by Otium Entertainment Group last week, they will remain so until they arrange a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) to pay creditors.

A statement from Paul Appleton, joint administrator for Coventry City FC Limited, read: "The offer made by ACL to allow the club to play at the Ricoh was dependent on Coventry City FC Limited remaining in administration. That is obviously still the case.

"However, as I've stated on many occasions, including my press release last Thursday following the completion of the sale of the Company's assets, Holdings employs the players.

"There are insufficient assets in Limited to employ either a team of players, associated coaching staff or commercial operations to take up this offer.

"I'm somewhat surprised to hear ACL claim they have heard nothing from me on this matter given their solicitor was fully briefed on the reasons behind the decision not to take up their offer by my legal team on June 12."

However, a Ricoh Arena spokesman hit back, saying: "The way the fans have been treated by the club's owners is utterly cruel.

"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."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

his is brilliant! All these years of moral ambiguity, grey areas of offence and context..now we have a simple, easy to follow guide to right and wrong. What did you do today? I kicked the face off a panda . Oh well, you didn't rape, kill anyone or abuse a minor, knock yourself champ.

megabrow (cufc)
Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

I

wonder if he'd feel the same way if he wasn't a white, non-jewish heterosexual male. Because Mackay has basically insulted everyone else!

Jay_D
Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

C

heers Harry. I was wondering if he'd murdered anyone

Ezy_Rider
Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

Footer 365

Premier League: Harry Redknapp happy with QPR's transfer dealings

Harry Redknapp is convinced his summer transfer business will prove solid enough to keep QPR in the Premier League.

Transfer news: No good behaviour clause in Mario Balotelli's Liverpool contract, says agent

Mario Balotelli will join Liverpool next week, but won't have a good behaviour clause in his contract, his agent says.

Premier League: Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is determined to keep Asmir Begovic

Stoke boss Mark Hughes says that Asmir Begovic will not be leaving the club during this summer’s transfer window.

Mail Box

More Fan Mail For Football365...

'Just p*ss off with your righteous indignation will you. W*nkers.' There's a lot of anger going around for what should have been a sleepy Friday afternoon at F365 Towers...

Man United: One Game To Save Season

They have one match to convince decent players that they are worth joining - over to you, Louis. We also have mails on Malky Mackay, Mario Balotelli and Tim...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property