Vital Football

Latest Coventry City News

We Are The Owners, We'll Do What We Want

We Are The Owners, We'll Do What We Want

As ever with Coventry City, positive news in the shape of the win at MK Dons is followed by a downbeat story, this time regarding the receeding propsect of the club coming back to the Ricoh Arena in the near future after the apparent rejection of an offer to play there rent-free (with the club being responsible for matchday costs and not receiving a share of revenues).

Mark Labovitch, Otium`s non-executive director, has been quoted as saying: 'There is no prospect of us returning to the former landlord/tenant relationship with ACL, a company which bled the club dry for many years over two generations of owners, and wilfully sought to damage the club with actions which led to needless points deductions over the last two seasons.

'Such inexplicable actions have severely damaged our promotion chances. It is a credit to Steven Pressley and the players that so much of the damage caused by ACL has been made good.'

It is unfortunate that Mr Labovitch uses Steven Pressley and his team to try and score points against ACL but it is also clear that the pressure is growing on the council to change their stance and deal with the owners of the football club regarding a sale of the Ricoh Arena. A number of comments, for instance, posted underneath David Conn's article in The Guardian this week accused him of portraying a one-sided view of events.

'Power'

As evidenced by Hull City owner Assem Allam's plans to change the name of the club and the switch from blue shirts to red that Cardiff City have undergone under Vincent Tan, owners hold all the power within the game, something can that only be changed by legislation.

'I think the chairman has put something like £70m into this club, so without him there wouldn't be a club or a 'Hull City' - it would be down the tubes,' said Steve Bruce on Sunday after protests against Mr Allam's views.

'We have to respect his wishes, but on the other hand he has to understand too that a lot of people feel very, very strongly about this.'

Fans in this situation have a decision. Hull and Cardiff fans (helped of course by the fact that their teams were promoted to the Premier League last season) have mostly chosen to keep attending matches. Coventry fans (in a slightly different situation and with a team that has been relegated under the current owners) have opted to stay away and express their support in a different way.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:CCFC
Date:Tuesday December 3 2013
Time: 12:50PM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Coventry City Articles

New EFL Radio Deal Starts 2017/18

The Football League confirmed yesterday that a new three year deal with Talksport and the BBC had been signed to increase radio broadcast coverage from next season.

City Already Saved From Deadline Disaster

Signings spree spares last-minute player pursuit

Double Deal as Sky Blues Signing Spree Continues

Two more new faces takes City haul to six

Signing Number Four For Coventry City

Leyton Orient swoop for the Sky Blues

Archived Vital Coventry Articles

Vital Coventry articles from

Site Journalists

CCFC
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Are You Pleased With Mark Robins Return?
Suggested By: Editor
Yes89%
No11%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Sheff Utd 46 30 10 6 100 45
P Bolton 46 25 11 10 86 32
3 Scunthorpe 46 24 10 12 82 26
4 Fleetwood 46 23 13 10 82 21
5 Bradford 46 20 19 7 79 19
6 Millwall 46 20 13 13 73 9
7 Southend 46 20 12 14 72 17
8 Oxford 46 20 9 17 69 13
9 Rochdale 46 19 12 15 69 9
10 Bristol Rovers 46 18 12 16 66 -2
11 Peterborough 46 17 11 18 62 0
12 MK Dons 46 16 13 17 61 2
13 Charlton 46 14 18 14 60 7
14 Walsall 46 14 16 16 58 -7
15 Wimbledon 46 13 18 15 57 -3
16 Northampton 46 14 11 21 53 -13
17 Oldham 46 12 17 17 53 -13
18 Shrewsbury 46 13 12 21 51 -17
19 Bury 46 13 11 22 50 -12
20 Gillingham 46 12 14 20 50 -20
R Port Vale 46 12 13 21 49 -25
R Swindon 46 11 11 24 44 -22
R Coventry 46 9 12 25 39 -31
R Chesterfield 46 9 10 27 37 -35
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Coventry City Results (view all)

Coventry City Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.houchen5
Vital Football Comment