Date:Monday May 20 2013
Coventry City chief executive Tim Fisher's comments about a potential new ground for the Sky Blues have drawn derision from many quarters, including from the solicitor acting for Ricoh Arena owners ACL.
James Powell told BBC CWR that the announcement sounded as if it was 'made on the hoof' as nothing similar had been previously made public despite claims that the search for a site had begun some months ago.
Whether SISU continue to fight their battle or not remains to be seen but these comments look to have sapped the last goodwill out of anyone who was still prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt.
Owning a football club can be a hard task in the modern age, despite the riches on offer at the top of the game. Indeed it is those riches that force clubs such as CCFC to invest more and more money in pursuit of a place at the top table.
When SISU took over they did have a plan in place and for a short time it looked like it could work. The signing of younger, hungry players was established and the club did go regularly into the transfer market.
'Never a Dulieu moment'
Selling on those players and then re-investing was part of the deal but somewhere along the line the management structure was lost and we ended up with Ken Dulieu as chairman and no investment in players over the summer of 2011, a time when Andy Thorn had sparked real interest among fans with a style of play that was easy on the eye.
It's been a downhill slide ever since and that spiral off the pitch has exacerbated affairs off it.
SISU have tried and failed (Mr Powell's comments about them 'losing £70m' could apply to many clubs of City's stature who have battled in vain to get back into the Premier League. How much has failure to reach the play-offs in the Championship cost Leicester and Nottingham Forest this season. How much money have owners spent at Blackburn and Wolves) but, given the huge handicap that is playing at the Ricoh Arena can anyone else do any better?
If they are chased out of town with jeers ringing in their ears how do we stop the same situation arising in another five years time? The club, after all, were on the brink of administration before the present owners came in.
What was once a nightmare scenario, of a born-again CCFC starting in the Midland Alliance but owned and run by supporters, is starting to look a more appealing option by the day.
Date:Monday May 20 2013
City Make Late Move for Deadline Duo (Tuesday September 2 2014)
Wanderers Test for Sky Blues (Monday September 1 2014)
Stats: Swindon Town v Coventry City (Monday September 1 2014)
Previously...At The Ricoh (Part One) (Sunday August 31 2014)
Hard Fought Point for City (Saturday August 30 2014)
Can City Take 3 Points Back Home? (Thursday August 28 2014)
Will City Target Impress Against Sky Blues? (Tuesday August 26 2014)
CCFC: Under-21's Impress (Monday August 25 2014)
Weekend Reaction: Pressley on Point (Sunday August 24 2014)
Vital Archive: Boothroyd Makes an Impression (Saturday August 23 2014)
|12. Sheff Utd||5||2||1||2||0||7|
|14. Leyton Orient||5||1||3||1||1||6|
|18. Port Vale||5||1||2||2||-1||5|
|Team News: Peterborough United v Leyton Orient
» Peterborough : 02/09/2014 18:59:00
|Brannigan - We Failed On Three Deals
» Sheff Utd : 02/09/2014 18:53:00
|Lancashire & Muldoon Set For Friendly Return
» Rochdale : 02/09/2014 18:47:00
|County Secure Traore On Deadline Day
» Notts County : 02/09/2014 18:40:00
|Posh v The O`s - Your Score Predictions
» Peterborough : 02/09/2014 17:54:00