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Sky Blues boss appeals to the council to delay decision in letter.

Byline: Simon Gilbert News reporter

THE chairman of Coventry City Football Club issued an open letter just before yesterday's full council debate in which he appealed to the city council to delay any decision.

In the letter Tim Fisher raised concerns that the Sky Blues and their supporters had apparently been kept in the dark about the details of the potential deal.

The letter, addressed to all councillors, read: "Coventry City FC and the fans as represented by the Sky Blues Trust, Coventry City London Supporters Club, Supporters Consultative Group and CCFC Former Player Association are coming together to express our joint concerns about the change of ownership at the Ricoh Arena.

"The Football Club, its manager, playing and coaching staff and our fans are united in our genuine concerns.

"We request that no final decision is taken to proceed with the transaction... we ask that a formal consultation process be carried out between the council and our organisations, in which as much non-commercially sensitive information as possible can be shared with us, so that we can each form a view on the proposals and then set out our views.

"... Due to a lack of information and consultation we do not know yet whether this deal will have a negative or positive effect either in the short or long term and we cannot comment on any possible deal between Coventry City Council and Wasps RFC.

"The council has the power to choose its own commercial partners. However no-one has sought our views.... we are all deeply concerned that Coventry City Council have not sought the views of Coventry City FC, the club's owners Sisu Capital... the fans' representative organisations. "And, we understand, they have not sought the views of Coventry Rugby Club.

"All of whom are stakeholders in the future of sport in this great city.

"We are not demanding a no vote, we are simply asking that councillors slow down the indecent haste which it appears this deal is being forced through and allow each of us time to consult with both the City Council and Wasps before any irreversible decision is taken."


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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 8, 2014
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