“For many months the Sky Blue Trust has been urging all the parties to the Ricoh Arena dispute to negotiate a settlement to enable Coventry City to remain at the Arena. We are pleased that discussions now seem to be well under-way. We hope that those talks will be concluded swiftly and that a new deal will confirm the Ricoh Arena as the Sky Blues’ home ground for many seasons to come.  We need a deal that gives certainty, stability and the opportunity for sustained success. 
 
“We are concerned to note that a ground-share out of the City has not yet been ruled-out. We hope that all concerned will try their utmost to avoid such a calamitous exile.”
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EFL STATEMENT

                         

A planned Extraordinary General Meeting for Thursday 25 April to consider the future of Coventry City has been postponed, with a revised date set for Wednesday 29 May.

 

The EFL Board had set tomorrow’s date to consider the Club’s expulsion from the League if an agreeable solution as to where they will play their home fixtures from 2019/20 onwards could not be provided.

 

The EFL has been in regular contact with the Club over an extended period and, over the course of the last seven days, significant progress has been made with a solution believed to have been identified.

 

To allow the Club the maximum period of time to finalise appropriate arrangements, the EFL Board has opted to postpone Thursday’s EGM and remains hopeful such a meeting will not be required.

 

 

Coventry City Statement

Coventry City Football Club can confirm that the English Football League EGM and the vote on the Club’s place in the EFL, previously scheduled for Thursday 25th April, has now been postponed.

 

This postponement follows significant progress by Coventry City in working to meet the EFL stadium criteria for next season.

 

We have worked closely with Shaun Harvey and the EFL over a long period of time on this matter, and are grateful to the EFL Board for giving us the extra time needed to bring this matter to a satisfactory conclusion, which would see Coventry City continue to play its fixtures in Coventry.

 

We can confirm that Coventry City Football Club has started initial discussions with Wasps Holdings Limited regarding an extension to our current license agreement to play at the Ricoh Arena.  

 

We can also confirm that a Heads of Terms agreement has been signed to groundshare at an alternative venue. However, the timescales involved with this option means that a deal with Wasps will need to be concluded very quickly, otherwise our option with the alternative venue will be lost.

 

We are unable to comment further at this time due to a mutually-signed confidentiality agreements, but will keep supporters updated when we are able to do so.

 

We want to conclude this matter as soon as possible, with the continued aim of Coventry City playing at the Ricoh Arena, and will work extremely hard in the next few days to that end.

 

John Nagle

Head of Policy

EFL

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With the uncertainty over our beloved Sky Blues future causing so much  anger, frustration  and confusion we've been asking some of our younger fans, the very lifeblood of our football club, what Coventry City means to them. 

We hope that all of the parties in this saga take the opportunity to read the thoughts of these young Sky Blues fans and do whatever it takes  to ensure a future in Coventry for our City's historic football club.
 
Our first contribution comes from Ben Lole, aged 16, a regular volunteer in the Family Zone.
 

My view on CCFC For me and for thousands of other people, Coventry City Football Club means a lot more than just a nice day out to watch some high level football.

For me, CCFC has been a constant comfort, the club in itself and the people involved, in the way that no matter what is going on in my personal life, I can come to CCFC and people will accept me and let me join in just for being me.

As well as this watching my beloved Sky Blues play for 90 minutes, is 90 minutes of escape, for 90 minutes all that matters is what is happening on the pitch, acting as a brilliant antidote to any internal trauma I may be feeling.

Football is amazing that way, it brings many people together, no matter your race, gender, sexuality, religion or personal situation, your football club will always be there.

On top of this football allows you to meet so many amazing people, by helping out in the family zone I have met so many amazing people and made countless lifelong friendships.

I am well acquainted with the people who sit around me during home games, and I cannot remember the last time I went to an away game and didn’t end up speaking to a fellow fan often embracing them after city score a fabulous goal.

All this coupled with the constant desire to win, and to do the city of Coventry proud and put it back on the map, is why this football club means the literal world to me and thousands of others.

I would go as far to say that CCFC is one of my closest and dearest friends.

As I previously mentioned I volunteer in the family zone and I see every other week the same load of young fans come into the family zone to support their football club and I know what it means to them.

Yet now I’m being I’m told that all this could be taken away from me and thousands of others.

So I am begging you all please, find a way to put your differences aside and look at the bigger picture here, look at all the innocent fans that have been driven away from our amazing football club, and look and the thousands of die-hard sky blues who would be truly heartbroken if we lose our football club.

Think of all the people you could hurt, the ones you have hurt, don’t be the ones with blood on your hands if we lose our club, do something about it. The time for action is now, please don’t let us lose our football club, I’d be heartbroken and lost without my sky blues.

Its more than just a game, Coventry City football club is more than just a club, it’s a way of life.

 

Ben Lole (City Till I Die) 16

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