The Constitution of the Trust provides for the Board to comprise not more than eight elected Directors. Of those, half are required to stand down each year. An election has to take place to appoint four Directors to bring the Board back up to its full strength. Those Directors standing down are eligible to stand for re-election. An Election Policy, which outlines how this process is to take place, was agreed at the Trust AGM on 21 July 2014.
Four of the Trust’s current elected directors have indicated that they will stand down. A nomination form is attached to this article upon which any Trust member may indicate their wish to be elected to the Board. Anyone doing so must also have their nomination formally supported by two other Trust members. Nominations must be received by the Trust, at the address given on the form, by no later than 17 September 2014.
If there are only four (or fewer) valid nominations, the election of those nominated will be put to the adjourned meeting of the Trust’s AGM on Monday 13 October 2014. If there are more than four, a ballot of Trust members will be held.
The protest at the match against Cardiff on Wednesday has to be deemed a real success in as much as it united the fans of Coventry and Cardiff and gained national attention for the plight of both clubs via the Sky cameras and pundits. Locally it was well covered by Central and the BBC and the Coventry Telegraph devoted more column inches to the protest than to the game itself – possibly because the protest was more exciting!
In front of only 900 Coventry supporters inside Sixfields, 359 Cardiff supporters and 146 Coventry fans on the Hill the 35th minute protest was well supported by all. Nearly a thousand leaflets were handed out prior to the game and many were taken into the stadium. The attitude of the vast majority of Coventry fans entering Sixfields was one of support for the work of the Trust and a sincere hope that we are making a difference. It just brought home the fact that we are in fact all simply supporters of Coventry City who are showing our support in differing ways in the face of a farcical situation. Hopefully soon we will all be back together at the Ricoh doing what we do best – cheering on the team (and obviously moaning about individual players, tactics, managers etc!)
On 35 minutes Daniel our piper played the Last Post followed by a loud rendition of We Want To Go Home, Let Down By The Football League and They’ll Always Be Blue (For the Cardiff fans) from all.
A massive thank you to all who participated, those on the hill, those inside the stadium and especially those who had made the trip from Cardiff. They are also facing a ridiculous situation with their traditional team colours and badge being changed without any consultation simply because their foreign owner thinks red is lucky and dragons are magic! So to our friends in Wales we say “Diolch yn fawr” and can we have Ben and Aron back please. The bond between clubs that have been let down was exemplified by the amazingly generous gesture from one Cardiff fan who donated £50 to the Trust Fighting Fund.
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The Sky Blue Trust welcomes the news that after more than a year the Football League has finally made a decision on the payment by Otium to ACL as part of the Golden Share agreement. The disputed amount is defined under its own Football Creditors Rule but it appears that it has decided to interpret this already controversial rule in a manner that could well lead to further problems for the League with HMRC and Parliament. However now that this particular impediment has been cleared up we would urge ACL to agree that it is no longer a barrier to talks with the club. The fact that they may not agree with the Football League’s calculations is a matter to be resolved between them and the Football League and should not hinder the start of negotiations to bring the club back to Coventry as quickly as possible.
Sky Blue Sports and Leisure and ARVO via their parent company SISU have yet to indicate what they intend to do with respect to Mr Justice Hickinbottom’s unambiguous rejection of their Leave to Appeal to the Appeals Court. We call on Ms Seppala to make it clear that they will not be throwing more good money after bad by continuing this fruitless and futile process by appealing direct to the Court of Appeal. Not only will further appeals costs thousands more but they will also preclude talks with ACL. ACL have justifiably stated that they will not negotiate with someone who is continuing to take legal action against them, so stop the legal proceedings and get talks started for the good of all Sky Blue supporters, Coventry City and the City of Coventry itself.
We need the Sky Blues back at the Ricoh before it’s too late – we need ACL to accept that the Football League decision is not a reason not to start talks and we need SISU to cease their pointless legal actions so as to allow negotiations to begin. Coventry City supporters have been continually let down during this long running dispute – this is an opportunity to act positively – don’t let us down again.Write comment (0 Comments)
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