Coventry could stay at Ricoh

The owners of the Ricoh Arena say they have no intention of forcing Coventry to complete their home fixtures elsewhere.

Last Updated: 23/03/13 at 14:44 Post Comment

Ricoh Arena: Owners claim Coventry owe more than £1m in unpaid rent

Ricoh Arena: Owners claim Coventry owe more than £1m in unpaid rent

The owners of the Ricoh Arena say they have no intention of forcing Coventry to complete this season's home fixtures elsewhere.

City are making contingency plans for an alternative venue after a subsidiary company of the club which held the lease for the stadium was placed in administration on Thursday.

Arena Coventry Limited (ACL), who manage the Ricoh Arena, want the League One club's entire operation placed in administration amid claims of £1.3m in unpaid rent.

The High Court will rule on that request on Tuesday, but in the meantime ACL say their wish is for Coventry to stay put.

A statement read: "The board wishes to reiterate that there is no truth whatsoever in suggestions reported by some media that ACL will prevent CCFC from playing at the Ricoh Arena.

"The whole point of the course of legal action that the board has taken is to ensure that a successful and sustainable Sky Blues team is able to play at the Ricoh Arena for many years to come."

Coventry, for their part, hope a compromise can be reached on the rent arrears which will allow them to stay at the Ricoh.

A club statement read: "All we've ever asked for is an affordable rent with access to matchday revenues, like any other club. We hope these will be offered to us by ACL.

"ACL told the court they would be prepared to assist their proposed administrator 'with a partial (or possibly full) deferral' of the stadium rent and licence fee during the administration process.

"To reach an agreement with ACL to allow the club to move back and fulfil its fixtures at the Ricoh Arena, we would hope and expect ACL would extend the same terms to the club."

Coventry face a 10-point deduction and, realistically, the end of their play-off hopes if Tuesday's court hearing goes against them.


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

d like to add players who push their team-mates out of the way to celebrate on their own

exhausted
The Ten Most Hated Things In Football

I

f I were Manuel Pellegrini I would keep quiet and hope the Board didn't notice City not winning anything. If he isn't sacked I'd be astonished.

lfcfan80
Pellegrini: I won't be sacked

S

till I suppose it still gives him at least another year in the job. By the time it comes around , he can always make up another excuse. First it was 3 months , then a year .....Next year ? Whats his excuse with Van Persie ?

spud1
Di Maria 'could peak next year'

Footer 365

Neville 'concerned' over Reds form

Gary Neville has admitted that he is "concerned" that a resurgent Liverpool could qualify for the Champions League ahead of Manchester United.

Boro claim top spot as Derby lose

Middlesbrough became the new Championship leaders as they took advantage of Derby's latest slip by beating Millwall 3-0.

Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom: Benteke's late show helps end Villa's long wait for a win

Tim Sherwood recorded his first win as Aston Villa boss as Christian Benteke's late penalty helped beat West Brom 2-1.

Mail Box

Sherwood's cringeworthiness, Matic's Wembley celebrations, why LVG must show balls - it's all here in your Wednesday afternoon Mailbox...

United's No 2 Isn't That Bad Either...

One mailboxer is getting in a flap about the claim Man Utd would struggle without De Dea, while there's some anger directed at Chelsea...

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