Coventry City have today revealed they are close to a groundshare deal for next season as they continue to talk with two clubs – meaning an exit from Ricoh Arena more likely than before.
The club 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’.
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 rugby team 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.
The leader of Coventry City Council George Duggins called on SISU to end their legal action with the council – or sell the club.
In a statement the Sky Blues said: “The football club confirmed to the EFL that it is close to the head of terms stage with two groundshare options.
“Coventry City will now progress to working on finalising terms with the clubs and stadiums involved.
“While it remains our number one priority to stay, we can confirm that unfortunately the Ricoh Arena is not one of the venues above.
“At this stage, Wasps continue to choose not to enter into talks with the football club while our owners SISU continue legal action with Coventry City Council.”
“Regrettably, we therefore have had to make alternative plans to the Ricoh Arena, the stadium that was built for us, to ensure our place in the EFL next season. The groundshare proposals would do that.
“This is not an easy situation, and we apologise to supporters that it has reached this stage and for the heartache which has been caused.
“Coventry City Football Club and its management team cannot affect the stances of Coventry City Council, Wasps or of our owners in this situation – what we can do is put in plans to ensure this great football club continues to survive despite the impasse that exists, and that is what we will do.”
After learning of the club statement and current plans, fans took to reply their feedback with many understandably furious with the situation – find out what they had to say on the next page.