Open Letter To Coventry Council

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  1. ashbyjan

    ashbyjan Well-Known Member

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    Following has been sent to all media outlets and is/will be on all relevant websites

    Dear Councillors

    Coventry City FC and the Fans as represented by the SBT, CCLSC, SCG and CCFC
    Former Player Association are coming together to express our joint concerns
    about the change of ownership at the Ricoh Arena. The Football Club, its
    manager, playing and coaching staff and our fans are united in our genuine
    concerns. We request that no final decision is taken to proceed with the
    transaction at the City Council meeting this afternoon. We ask that a formal
    consultation process be carried out between the Council and our
    organisations, in which as much non-commercially sensitive information as
    possible can be shared with us, so that we can each form a view on the
    proposals and then set out our views. The Council will then be able to
    proceed to a final decision with the benefit of knowledge of the impact the
    decision will have upon each of us. If a final decision is taken before
    then, the Council runs the risk of causing unforeseen, adverse consequences
    for some or all of us.

    Due to a lack of information and consultation we do not know yet whether
    this deal will have a negative or positive effect either in the short or
    long term and we cannot comment on any possible deal between Coventry City
    Council and Wasps RFC. The council has the power to choose its own
    commercial partners. However, we are all deeply concerned that Coventry City Council have
    not sought the views of Coventry City FC, the manager, the players or the
    coaching staff. They have not sought the views of the club’s owners Sisu
    Capital. They have not sought the views of the fans’ representative
    organisations such as the Sky Blues Trust, Coventry City London Supporters
    Club and Supporters Consultative Group or the Former Player Association.
    And, we understand, they have not sought the views of Coventry Rugby Club.
    All of whom are stakeholders in the future of sport in this great city.

    We are not demanding a no vote, we are simply asking that councillors slow
    down the indecent haste which it appears this deal is being forced through
    and allow each of us time to consult with both the City Council and Wasps
    before any irreversible decision is taken. We ask councillors to take into
    account the wishes of the city’s two major sporting entities and their
    supporters and delay any decision until this consultation process is
    completed. We are neither supporting nor decrying any deal but we need to
    know more about its potential impact and ask councillors grant us this
    breathing space.

    In summary, we have been left in the dark about what has been going on. We
    would prefer to be part of any decision, fully informed and actively
    involved in plans affecting us all. Both sporting clubs and their supporters
    have been through many ups and downs over the past decade and it is in the
    gift of the City’s councillors to put them at the heart of any decision
    making process and not simply to view them as collateral damage.
     
  2. Evo1883

    Evo1883 Well-Known Member

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    Will this reach them today , if not , whats its use
     
  3. Nick

    Nick Administrator

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    I think it can be sent via email too :)

    So is this from the club too?
     
  4. chiefdave

    chiefdave Well-Known Member

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    Hope they're better at email than Byng!
     
  5. ashbyjan

    ashbyjan Well-Known Member

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    Yes united front
     
  6. Monners

    Monners Well-Known Member

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    Well put, but I suspect it is too late - unless the rebel Labour Cllrs (if true) do indeed cause a delay.
     
  7. ccfcway

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    so the club are finally communicating with the council ?
     
  8. quinn1971

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    Why are the club bothered what happens to the Ricoh, wer'e only there for another 2 maybe 4 years, I think acl are entitled to do what they want with it, club weren't so quick to listen to us about moving to Northampton, now all of a sudden they want everybody's help stopping the wasps bid, ?
     
  9. MichaelCCFC

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    Excellent letter - unite behind the Trust!
     
  10. Otis

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    But we need to move away from the they did this, they did that scenario. Surely now, today, should be just what is the best thing we can do for Coventry City FC.
     
  11. pusbccfc

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    Fisher united with the fans...
     
  12. Otis

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    Thought it was Fisher Athletic, rather than Fisher United.
     
  13. Covstu

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    Yeah bastards, serves em right......

    Oh right, we may not have a club as a result but at least we told them SISU bastards...
     
  14. TakeMeHomeHighfieldRoad

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    Well worded and it is great to see unity between the club and the supporters on this but fear it is too late in the day. Club should have voiced their concerns as soon as the rumours around Wasps coming surfaced about 2 weeks ago.
     
  15. quinn1971

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    Let me guess , you think selling the Ricoh to sisu would be a better idea, don't you think there's a reason why sisu don't want it to happen, it backs them into a corner, the corner with the bullshit new ground in it, what if the wasps offer is what's best for the club, or to look at it another way, acl out of the way may give sisu a chance to get the Ricoh after all,maybe saying wasps are only doing this deal to make a few quid, I'm sure for the right price they'd be open to offers from anyone?
     
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    Guess what, CCFC are not in any position at all (contractually and, more pertinently, morally) to expect that its views on the financial health / ownership situation of the Ricoh/ACL are considered - CCFC went all otu to distress ACL, so it's "pot - kettle - black" to raise concerns like this now. As tenants who ripped up their own secure lease in a doomed bid to financially distress ACL, CCFC are entitled to no special consideration whatsoever.
     
  17. Skyblueweeman

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    Are you not a fan of our football club?
     
  18. Covstu

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    maybe your right, time will tell i guess.
     
  19. covmark

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    No he isn't
     
  20. RoboCCFC90

    RoboCCFC90 Well-Known Member

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    Hurrah! What a letter! Listen to the community Coventry Council!


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  21. skybluebeduff

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    I don't understand why Tim has wrote this letter???

    I thought his new stadium plans were looking good? Why care about The Ricoh??









    I'll edit just so you know i'm taking the piss.
     
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    CCFC want clarity as well, will this deal affect the Clubs short term deal at the Ricoh, X, Y and Z.


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  23. SBchimp

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    Oh do shut up Timothy
    At best you are a bad tenant who never paid his rent and now you want to be consulted on who the owner of the property sells on to. You lost all rights many many months ago. Go and build your new stadium it really does look magnificent. It's all you ever wanted after all.
    At least now - finally - the Ricoh chip has been removed from sisu's poker game. Time to fold me thinks?
     
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    new stadium is now well into year 2 of a 3 year plan.
     
  25. Sick Boy

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    Why would a fan of ccfc write this? Do you really want the club to fold?
     
  26. covmark

    covmark Well-Known Member

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    Fucking hell. I really can't believe some of the tripe I'm reading on this forum today.
     
  27. SkyBlue_Bear83

    SkyBlue_Bear83 Well-Known Member

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    Did the club right that letter?


    It seems SISU are actually being the voice of reason for once
     
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    Time to fold sisu. Sorry not CCFC
     
  29. SkyBlue_Bear83

    SkyBlue_Bear83 Well-Known Member

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    Yea then you can do one and go watch Coventry Wasps at the Ricoh or whatever they are calling themselves.
     
  30. ccfcway

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    "Both sporting clubs and their supporters have been through many ups and downs over the past decade and it is in the
    gift of the City’s councillors to put them at the heart of any decision making process and not simply to view them as collateral damage."

    The letter is right, however, sadly, I think the fans are being used again. We werent considered when they moved to Northampton, but now they want to consider us !
     
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    Nah your ok. I'll be watching Coventry tonight at the Ricoh as always.
     
  32. ashbyjan

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    Letter was written jointly by Sky Blue Trust and CCFC and has been supported by CCFC Former Players Association, London Supporters Club, SCG and Diamond Club. Coventry Rugby club have agreed with its content and sentiment but decided to produce their own statement today.
     
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    What a turn around.
     
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    It's just a shame that it has to come to this to get everyone united about something concerning our club.
     
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    .."In summary, we have been left in the dark about what has been going on. We would prefer to be part of any decision, fully informed and actively involved in plans affecting us all. ""

    oh, and by the way, we're still taking you to court
     

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