The Morning After Coventry City’s Night Before


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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  1. David Rawson says:

    On the ground share point, I suspect that a precedent might exist in the way that the Football League dealt with my club, Rotherham United.

    When RUFC exited administration into the ownership of the present chairman, Tony Stewart, it couldn’t agree terms on a lease for Millmoor. In some ways, the situation was similar to Coventry’s, in that there was a ground capable of being leased, just not any form of agreement on the terms of that lease. The result was a decamping to the sterile Don Valley Stadium, in Sheffield.

    The Football League weren’t particularly impressed by the proposed move, which they considered breached the proximity rule, by virtue of DVS lying outside the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham. However, they were assured by the new chairman that the club would be back inside Rotherham by the start of last season and so accepted the move, with conditions. Those conditions were (1) the requirement of a £500,000 bond, forfeit if the club failed to move back in the timescale provided and (2) the club agreeing to relinquish its “golden share” in the Football League if it failed to move back in time.

    Given the parallels (in RUFC’s case it wasn’t wholly clear where the responsibility for the breakdown in lease negotiations over Millmoor lay either), I wonder if the League will be tempted to go for a similar solution in Coventry’s case?

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