I am writing on behalf of the Sky Blue Trust, the largest
independent group of Coventry City supporters, with almost 3000 members.
Following the match against Cambridge United on 30 January 2018, Coventry
City have only 8 League Two matches scheduled to be played at the Ricoh
Arena before the end of the current season. As you may know, the
agreement between the Football Club and the Arena's owners - Wasps Rugby
Club, which allows such games to be played at the Arena, expires at the
end of the season.
Coventry City are therefore just 8 games away from homelessness. Unless a
suitable home ground, which meets all the relevant standards, can be
secured before the start of the 2018/19 season, Coventry City may cease to
You may also know that Otium Entertainment Group Ltd (who trade as
"Coventry City FC"), Sky Blue Sports & Leisure Ltd and ARVO Master Fund
Limited are taking court proceedings against Coventry City Council and
Wasps. Following a recent preliminary Court of Appeal hearing, mediation
is to take place and is due to be concluded by 28 March 2018. That may
resolve the issue of the future home ground for the football club. But if
it does not, by 29 March 2018, there will only be 3 home games left before
the season - and possibly the Club's very existence - ends.
Under your Chairmanship, what is now the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Committee has carried out some powerful investigations into the state of
English football. We believe that the crisis at Coventry City highlights
many of the worst features of governance in our national game.
Therefore, please can you tell me what steps you could now take, as a
matter of urgency, to bring about a resolution to the continuing grave
uncertainty as to where Coventry City will play their home games? I hope
you share the strong wish of Sky Blues fans everywhere that the Club must
be enabled to play their home games in the City of Coventry beyond the end
of the current season?
I have recently written in similar terms to the following Members of
Parliament for constituencies in and around Coventry:
Colleen Fletcher (Coventry North East)
Geoffrey Robinson (Coventry North West)
Jim Cunningham (Coventry South)
Dame Caroline Spelman (Meriden)
Mark Pawsey (Rugby)
Marcus Jones (Nuneaton & Bedworth)
Jeremy Wright (Kenilworth & Southam)
Chris Heaton-Harris (Daventry)
Nadhim Zahawi (Stratford)
Craig Tracey (North Warwickshire)
Matt Western (Warwick and Leamington)
Several of those have replied to me and I gather may be considering some
sort of joint initiative.
As Coventry City supporters are increasingly alarmed about the
growing urgency of this matter and the apparent brinkmanship of the
various parties involved, please could I have your response to this
message by Saturday 10 February 2018, the date of the home game with