Tag: Coventry City

Does Administration – Or Perhaps Even Liquidation – Now Beckon For Coventry City?

This evening at The Ricoh Arena in front of a paltry looking crowd of less than 9,500 people, a free kick two minutes into stoppage time at the end of the match between Coventry City and Colchester United rescued a point for the home team which might have previously appeared lost. It was a result which leaves the Sky Blues in ninth place in League On. The team is now six points from the play-offs, which would not be an insurmountable shortfall to have to make up on the clubs above them in the table were it not for one not insignificant detail – Coventry City seemed destined to collapse into either administration or liquidation over the next few days or so as a result of a lengthy dispute with their landlords over the terms of the lease that they have, for now, at their home stadium. The story of Coventry City’s slide towards this position has been one of brinkmanship in the face of overwhelming evidence suggesting that such a hard-headed negotiating position might not necessarily have been the wisest of ideas. The club has been in dispute with Arena Coventry Limited, the company who run the stadium on behalf of Coventry City Council and the Higgs Trust, for many months now. It claims that it is massively overpaying for use of the stadium – even though this...

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Imminent Concerns For Coventry City

Loyalty and football have seldom been happy bedfellows, but supporters of League One club Coventry City could well be wondering this morning who is fighting their corner after a week of extremely bad news, with the departure of Mark Robins, a manager who had transformed their season from what was starting to look like another dour fight against relegation into one which might yet end with a push for a promotion place, to join Championship club Huddersfield Town, and confirmation of another breakdown in talks regarding the club’s future at The Ricoh Arena between ACL, the company which operates the stadium, and the club’s owners, the increasingly unpopular hedge fund SISU. The departure of the club’s previous manager, Andy Thorn, in September was no great surprise. Thorn had overseen the club’s relegation from the Football League Championship at the end of last season and it was somewhat surprising to see him last through the summer in the position. It seems likely, however, that there was a condition – whether unspoken or not – that if Thorn was to hold onto his job, Coventry would have to have a strong start to the season. A failure to win any of his first four league matches of the season, however, told its own story and in September he was replaced by the former Rotherham United and Barnsley manager Mark Robins. Robins...

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Match Of The Past: Coventry City

Boxing Day seems like the ideal day for repeats, so this afternoon we continue our series of archive matches from the clubs of League One with Coventry City. The club has been suffering hard times of late, but today we go back to take a look at six matches from the club’s three and a half unbroken decades in the top division of English football, kicking off with a home match against Manchester City from October 1972. We then skip ahead to the early 1980s, and another match against Manchester City, this time from February 1983. Our third match is from October of the same year, at Highfield Road against the defending league champions Liverpool. Our fourth match comes from the 1986/87 season. Coventry ended that season by winning the FA Cup at Wembley against Tottenham Hotspur, and our third match is the whole of that match, including extra-time (this video runs to two hours long, so it might be an idea to put the kettle on first.) We finish off with two matches from the early 1990s which both end in Coventry scoring five goals. First up is a home League Cup Fourth Round match against Nottingham Forest from the end of November 1990, and finally we have a match from the first season of the Premier League and a trip to Ewood Park to play Blackburn Rovers...

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From The Ricoh Arena To Nene Park: When Blue Sky Thinking & Sky Blue Thinking Shouldn’t Mix

The announcement from its owners that Coventry City Football Club may consider moving forty-five miles from its home city to play its home matches at the currently vacant Nene Park in Irthlingborough may be considered the world’s spectacularly unsubtle act of brinkmanship, but it should probably be added that such madness shouldn’t be considered unexpected at a club that has been demonstrating considerable signs of instability for several seasons, now. Regular readers will already be aware of the statutory demand that was issued against the club last week by ACL, the company that manages its Ricoh Arena, over unpaid rent. This gives the club twenty-one days from its date of service – the fifth of December – to either pay its debt in full, reach agreement to the satisfaction of the creditor or apply to set the demand aside through the courts. If none of these options are taken, ACL have the right to petition Coventry’s insolvency, providing the club doesn’t take evasive action and place itself into administration prior to any future court hearing. The club’s owners, the venture capitalists of SISU, claim to be in dispute over the level of rent that the club is paying for use of The Ricoh Arena, but it is difficult to see how this could be used as a full defence of any imminent winding up proceedings which may be issued....

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No Sky Blues Ahead Just Yet: Coventry City’s Statutory Demand

Over the last few weeks or so, it had been starting to look as if Coventry City finally had a fighting chance of turning a corner after a lengthy trough. A dismal start to the season saw manager Andy Thorn become one of the first managerial casualties of the season when he was sacked before August had even ended, but his replacement, Mark Robins, has made a decent fist of hauling a hitherto under-performing team in the right direction since taking charge of the team, and this has been mirrored in the FA Cup, where the reward for two wins against non-league Arlesey and League Two’s Morecambe has seen the club handed a relatively lucrative trip to White Hart Lane to play Tottenham Hotspur next month. This, however, is where the good news ends for Coventry City Football Club. The news this week that the club has been served with a statutory demand over non-payment of a £1.1m rent bill that it is due for use of The Ricoh Arena is very bad news indeed for a club that has seemed close to the financial brink for some considerable time. What, though, does this mean? Well, in dry legalese, a statutory demand is issued using a form prescribed – against a limited company – by section 4.1 of the Insolvency Act 1986, and it gives said company one final...

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