Coventry City. From Sky Blues to feeling blue

On the 2nd of August 2013 Coventry City Football Club seemingly ran out of time. It’s long running dispute with Arena Coventry Limited over unpaid rent on Coventry’s now former home
the impressive Ricoh Arena seems to have hit a roadblock with Arena Coventry Limited rejecting a company voluntary agreement regarding the monies owed to it and seemingly put a final nail in the coffin of this historic club, that is unless the new shareholders Otium Entertainment Group can find a way to stop them going out of business.

But things haven’t always been this way for Coventry, back in the mid 90’s and into the early 00’s they were a Premiership club and had some decent players with the likes of Steve Ogrizovic, Dion Dublin, Robbie Keane, Gary McAllister, Chris Kirkland & Noel Whelan all wearing the Sky Blue with pride and becoming cult heroes at the old Highfield Road ground. Although they never challenged for a lot domestically they had a tenacity about them that made them a team you always looked for in the results and always seemed to play an open style of football paced on a balance of pace and ability.

In 2005 Coventry moved into the expansive Ricoh Arena, although at this time they we’re playing in the second tier of English football after being relegated from the Premiership in 2001 there were shoots of recovery and rebuilding it it seems in 2007 something went horribly wrong and Coventry were just 30 minutes away from going under if reports are to be believed before the SISU group stepped in, but by 2011 the fans had become disillusioned with SISU’s running of the club and protests were being held to force them out, all the turmoil surrounding the club off the field seemed to affect the players on the field and in the 2011/12 season Coventry were again relegated this time to League One where last year the finished in a lowly 15th position and never really looked like promotion candidates.

With the 2013/14 season just about to start and Coventry already starting with a 10 point deduction due to League rules on change of ownership, find themselves playing their home games at League Two Northampton Town’s Sixfields Stadium (which is over 30 miles away from their town) after being locked out of the Ricoh Arena due to unpaid rent. The fans are becoming more and more frustrated with how the club is being run and whilst still in administration, you have to feel sorry for the fans as it appears their club is dissolving around them and no one seems to want to come to their aid.


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