A number of names including the Sky Blue Trust, Coventry City Ladies, Coventry City Diamond Club, The Board of Arena Coventry Ltd, The editor of the Coventry Telegraph, Trustees of the Alan Higgs Charity, MP's Jim Cunningham and Bob Answorth, Nikki Sinclaire MEP, Coventry City Former Players Association and now Covsupport News Service, are supporting calls for the Football League to refer the matter of keeping Coventry City in Coventry to the Football Association.
Covsupport News Service are pleased to add their name to the following open letter.
Dear Mr Clarke,
We are all Sky Blues supporters and want to see our team, Coventry City Football Club, playing in Coventry.
While there are threats that Coventry City will move to play their home games in Northampton, we still believe that a resolution to this matter is possible – and one that keeps the Sky Blues playing where they belong, in Coventry.
The Football League has not been able to resolve this issue, and it has indicated that it might reluctantly have to allow the Sky Blues to play in Northampton if Otium Entertainment Group Limited is successful in acquiring the Football League Share for Coventry City.
Otium has not, as yet, acquired the Golden Share, and there are other options available to the Sky Blues to enable them to continue playing in Coventry for the forthcoming season.
If the Football League believes it has been put in a difficult position, then there is a procedure that the League can follow to allow the Football Association to determine the best outcome for Coventry City Football Club – and above all for its supporters.
Regulation 79 of the Football League Regulations allows either the Football League Executive or Board to refer this matter to a Commission appointed by The Football Association.
This potential disconnect of a club from its community and home of 130 years is a matter of such fundamental importance that we, the undersigned, believe it can only be determined by the highest football authority in this country.
We therefore urge the Football League to immediately refer this matter to the Football Association – for the good of the club, for the good of the fans, for the good of the wider Coventry community, and for the good of football in this country.
Source: Coventry MAD