Imminent Concerns For Coventry City


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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5 Responses

  1. Mike A says:

    Thanks Ian for a good article.

    I have to point out that Thorne was sacked after only four games (one win and three draws) begging the question why he wasn’t sacked at the end of last season and crucial games were wasted until a new manager was brought in.

    Secondly Robins did not receive the assurances (presumably financial) from Joy Seppala about the future that he would have liked so convincing him he should take the Huddersfield job.

    On the rent situation SISU have been hard headed and arrogant seemingly refusing to countenance any ideas of compromise despite ACL bending over backwards to accommodate SISU’s rather spurious claims of a fair rent. At last ACL seem to have had enough of SISU’s bullying and ineptitude with the final straw being the reneging on a verbal agreement with the Coventry board presumably after consultation with SISU. The board consists of people with good reputations in the world of football – so how do they feel about this humiliation. No doubt some weasel words and red herrings will be issued in due course.

    The sooner SISU leave CCFC and take their bullying and incompetence with them the better. They have no inherent feeling for the club and simply saw it as a quick opportunity to make money for their secret and no doubt chastened investors who must be getting very fidgety as SISU continue to pour their money down the drain.

    Let us hope we are in the end game now and ACL can run Joy Seppala, SISU and their cronies out of town never to darken the world of football with their money grabbing antics ever again.

    Anyway rant over – and by gum I feel better for it!

  2. Ian says:

    Cheers Mike, was a bit pushed for time on checking the Thorne timings and I’m not surprised I got the dates wrong. Will amend it presently.

    Will continue to monitor this closely, best of luck.

  3. Simon says:

    Thanks Ian, a well written and structured piece that highlights the current plight we find ourselves in and also serves to remind me how much I utterly hate SISU at the moment – to be honest I knew that Robin’s leaving MUST have had something to do with the rent saga (which had gone quiet whilst we were doing well in the league and on a little cup run) and then, suddenly, BOOM it’s back on the front page. SISU want to get their hands on the Ricoh as a financial entity, as an entertainment venue – CCFC as a football club, the fans and the history etc, is a bridge, a stepping stone, for them to try and get what they want. But surely now, with the Council taking over ACL’s loan, and ACL/the council stating quite clearly they will never allow SISU to own the stadium / buy a stake in it etc, I just can’t see what options SISU have left now – what else is there left for them to do at CCFC? They are not going to get hold of the stadium so surely they’ll need to leave – they’ll spin a lovely yarn about how they’ve done all they can and they’ve been halted along the way at every opportunity etc and blame the Council and ACL and oooh boo hiss aren’t SISU the victim – but however the spin in, they need to leave. Please, SISU, leave/

  4. Excellent and informative, as always.

    Just a few brief questions on the bit towards the end, for Ian or anyone else who’s been following the story and has a better head for this advanced financial stuff than me.

    With the ‘Orders’ served against various Coventry accounts, as well as Huddersfield, am I right in reading that as an attempt to legally block the compensation for Robins from being transferred to Coventry, being sent to ACL as a part payment for
    money owed instead?
    If this is successful, could similar payments into the club – transfer fees, TV/advertising money – also be diverted in the same way?

    Sorry if I’m asking overly basic financial questions here, but this whole story really is hard to believe from an outsider’s perspective!

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