The immediate goal of the Sky Blue Trust, its members and the vast majority of supporters is the return of Coventry City Football Club to the city which bears its name.
The current circumstances, in which the first team plays at St Andrew’s, must not be allowed to become the accepted norm nor should it be acceptable for it to play anywhere outside of Coventry.
That means the club must return to the Ricoh Arena at the earliest possible opportunity because there are currently no practical alternative venues for professional football in Coventry.
Therefore, the Trust is endeavouring to engage with ALL relevant parties towards that end, as it has done since December 2018.
Those relevant parties include:
Coventry City FC management (Dave Boddy and Tim Fisher)
Coventry City Council (all parties and senior officers)
The English Football League (senior leadership)
Sisu Capital Limited (Joy Seppala)
Wasps Rugby Club (its directors)
Every party has been and will continue to be challenged to play their part in Coventry City’s return and in so doing honour commitments made to supporters.
The long-term aspiration of the Trust and its members is to see Coventry City FC under ownership which allows supporters to have a meaningful say in the running of the club.
We would also hope for ownership which has the financial standing and business acumen to return the Sky Blues to the eminent position it held before relegation from the Premier League in 2001.
To that end, we will encourage all current and future owners of the club to do three things:
- Recognise publicly that the club is not to be used solely to serve their commercial interests but is an essential part of the fabric of the community and a vital part of the lives of tens of thousands of supporters in Coventry and beyond.
- Ensure the long-term future with sound and transparent financial planning to avoid the crises and scandals which have beset football clubs in the past and present.
- Develop the best possible method of involvement of supporters in the management and ownership of the club.
The current owners, Sisu Capital, have consistently failed to meet our aspirations for Coventry City.
In almost 12 years of their ownership, the club has suffered two periods of exile, firstly at Northampton, now in Birmingham as well as two relegations and a period in administration.
Sisu Capital have never shown any likelihood of meeting our benchmark for fit and proper owners - therefore, the Sky Blue Trust and its members urge them to make an early, responsible and dignified exit from Coventry City.
The formal objects of the Trust as contained in the constitution, are appended below:
The Society’s objects are to benefit the community by:
4.1. Being the democratic and representative voice of the supporters of Coventry City Football Club and strengthening the bonds between the club and the communities which it serves.
4.2. Achieving the greatest possible supporter and community influence in the running and ownership of the club.
4.3. Promoting responsible and constructive community engagement by present and future members of the communities served by the club and encouraging the Club to do the same.
4.4. Operating democratically, fairly, sustainably, transparently and with financial responsibility and encouraging the Club to do the same.
4.5. Being a positive, inclusive and representative organisation, open and accessible to all supporters of the Club regardless of their age, income, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality or religious or moral belief.