On Monday evening a meeting was held bringing together representatives from Coventry City supporters groups as well as individual supporters all with one common view. That Coventry City Football Club is in a massive state of decline and that the time has come for current owners SISU to put the club up for sale.
The near capacity gathering demonstrated huge respect for each other's views and a unified determination to save our club.
All who attended were given the opportunity to contribute ideas and proposals to help formulate a plan to help convince SISU that putting the club up for sale is the right thing to do and the only possible way this club will ever move forward again.
After more than 2 hours of lively and often emotional debate what became clear was the level of anger and dismay demonstrated by those in attendance.
However what emerged was a rational,innovative and varied action plan that has both the potential to persuade SISU to sell up but also to further raise awareness of our clubs plight and to market its potential for any prospective buyer.
The plan is not just a couple of short term events but a whole raft of carefully crafted activities which will take place over a medium to long term period so as to keep up the momentum.
The plan has been dubbed "The Jimmy Hill Way" with our campaign hashtag "Fighting the Jimmy Hill Way" with the additional strap line ... You know what Jimmy would have done. What will you do to save our club ?
Future communications will come under this cover to recognise the great man's contribution to our football club and our determination to prevent unfit owners from destroying his legacy.
We will not be publishing the full plan at this point in order to maintain the level of surprise and intrigue however we can confirm that the first phase of the plan will begin in October with a couple of activities that we hope all Coventry City supporters will support.
One of which is a proposed march ahead of the Rochdale match at the Ricoh on October 22nd. This will be followed by a boycott of the game with those not attending urged to assemble by the Jimmy Hill statue whilst the game takes place.
Further details will follow shortly but we would like to make clear that there will be no animosity shown to anybody who does attend the game. We are all Coventry City fans and we must all make our own decisions on the best course of action to take.
One final thing to add for now. This campaign totally distances itself from some of the rumoured extreme actions that are allegedly being considered by certain parties. We do not condone violence or the threat of violence in any way and reiterate that all of our actions will be both peaceful and legal.
Our way will be the Jimmy Hill Way. Determined, inspired and Ultimately successful.
We urge all Coventry City supporters to join our campaign and save our football club.
The Coventry Telegraph this week took what must have been an incredibly tough decision to call upon owners SISU to put the club up for sale.
The Sky Blue Trust has had to make similarly tough decisions having exhausted every other possible avenue in trying to work with the club in trying to move the club forward.
We are therefore saddened and disappointed at the Club owners decision to ban the Coventry Telegraph from its press conferences.
We find the decision petty and small minded and not befitting of our once proud club.
Over 12000 people have currently signed the Telegraph petition calling for SISU to go and the Trust is 100% behind this.
Simply put the vast majority of Coventry City fans do not want SISU as owners and the Telegraph is right to reflect this view.
The club owners have stated on repeated occassions that the club ownership and the football club are separate entities.
We therefore find it hard to understand why Andy Turner reporting on what Tony Mowbray has stated on the eve of a game has any bearing on a Telegraph editorial decision to support city fans treated so poorly for so long by the club owners.
We therefore urge SISU to reflect on this latest poor decision and display a rare demonstration of class and humility and back down with immediate effect and allow our long serving local newspaper to serve supporters of Coventry City in a manner that the owners appear unable to.
All Sky Blue Trust members are invited to an urgent open meeting on Monday 26 September, at 7:00pm to consider action aimed at persuading Sisu to sell the club.
Following the departure of Chris Anderson, the lack of any progress in a long-term deal to stay at the Ricoh, with no prospect of another ground, and the disastrous situation around the academy, the Coventry Telegraph has called for Coventry City FC owners, Sisu, to sell up and go.
This is something the Trust has been calling for since last year. So how can we now further that campaign?
- What actions can we, as fans, now take to aid the Telegraph campaign?
- What measures should the Trust now be taking to persuade the owners to go?
- How can we increase the voice of fans in the running of the club?
Come and have your say.
The meeting will take place at the Royal Warwicks Club, Tower Street. Places are limited, so we are asking all who wish to attend to register, which can be done by clicking the button below