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Championship side revealed to be offering a groundshare with Coventry City

One Championship side have been revealed to be offering a groundshare with Coventry City along with one other unnamed club.

That named team is Birmingham City, however they have declined to comment when asked to by the Coventry Observer and the EFL has insisted that the club move a maximum of six miles away and no further.

The Sky Blues state that they want to remain playing at their current home, however they admit ‘they have no control over the legal situation which has caused a deadlock over the stadium’.

Yesterday, Coventry’s owners lost their Supreme Court appeal over the sale of the Ricoh Arena to Wasps by the city council.

The rugby club, who are City’s landlords, said they would be ready to discuss a new deal once the legal action ended.

Wasps chief executive Nick Eastwood commented: “We have noted the Supreme Court’s ruling. We sincerely hope that this marks a watershed in this long-running saga.

“We would urge the owners of Coventry City to take this opportunity and cease this legal action, allowing them finally to come to the table to discuss the club’s future at the Ricoh Arena – something all parties are keen to see happen.”

The Sky Blues could be kicked out of the Football League if they have not secured a stadium to play in by the 25th of April.

The agreement to stay at the ground, owned by Wasps, is set to expire come the end of this season and the landlords refuse to have talks with Sky Blues owners Sisu until they end their legal action against them.

A report came out reporting that Coventry City were considering a groundshare with Coventry Rugby Club and the use of the 4,000 capacity Butts Park Arena, who then dismissed reports with Sky Blues declining to comment on reports.

Coventry RFC chairman Jon Sharp was contacted by CoventryLive and said: “Two year old story, nothing to say.”

He also ruled out a groundshare in an interview with BBC Coventry and Warwickshire in November 2017.

“We will not deal with them as long as they are owned by Sisu,” he said.

“They are a sister club bearing the city’s name with a proud old history, who have fallen from grace, just like us. We’re marching back up. I sincerely hope they do too.

“We’ll offer what support we can to get there, but the one thing we cannot do is have any formal arrangement with them, any groundshare, whilst they’re owned by their current owners.

“Whether correctly or not, the current owners are vilified within the city. Whether that is fair or not, I’m not going to comment on.

“But we have spent many years re-establishing our status in the city. I’m not prepared to risk that by associating with City’s owners.”

 

After learning of the reports that Coventry City are in talks with Birmingham City over a possible groundshare, Brummie fans took to social media to give their thoughts – find out what they had to say on the next page.

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