The Sky Blues said that the pitch issues at the CBS Arena had a “significant impact” on the club’s finances, with Mark Robins’ side forced to postpone four out of five home games in the opening weeks of the campaign, with their cup tie against Bristol City being moved to Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium. The loss of revenue at the start of the season caused the club to enter into a ‘Time to Pay’ agreement with HMRC over unpaid tax, which led to the EFL handing out a transfer ban until January 2023. The club have paid five out of six instalments, with the final payment due on Thursday (December 22).
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"To confirm, Coventry City are happy to continue under terms of the current licence which we already have in place to play at the Arena. "Following Frasers Group’s purchase of the Arena, one of the great assets of the City of Coventry, they stated they were ‘looking forward to working with Coventry City Football Club’. "Coventry City hope that they will act on those words for the good of the Arena, the Football Club, our fans and the City and community that they are now part of.
Once the final payment is made, the EFL will lift the current transfer embargo. The club remain confident that their business in the January window will be “unaffected”. Back on it Robins was tempted to show his players the error of their ways in the dressing room in the immediate aftermath of Saturday’s second half collapse against Swansea. But the City manager opted to give everyone time to reflect before coming in fresh on Monday morning and going through the video footage in detail. But City cannot afford to dwell on the disappointing 3-3 draw for too long, and will quickly turn their attention to Wednesday night’s visit of in-form West Brom when they’ll be looking to get back to winning ways for the first time since before the international break.
Transfer embargo latest as January recruitment plan at the readyCoventry City were today dusting themselves down after Saturday’s shock collapse against Swansea. The post-mortem began in earnest when the players reported back for training at Ryton, having had time to reflect on the manner in which they let a seemingly comfortable three goal CBS Arena lead slip in the space of 16 devastating minutes from the opposition. But there’s not much time to dwell on the disappointment, and manager Mark Robins will be keen to quickly turn attention to Wednesday night’s return to action when the Sky Blues take on a West Bromwich Albion side revitalised under new boss Carlos Corberan.
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In the meantime, King himself was at Saturday’s match at the CBS Arena with his family, having also been present in the directors’ box the week before at Reading – a sure signal of intent from the prospective new owner of the football club. Recruitment plan at the ready Mark Robins appointed a new head of recruitment last week in former Tottenham full-back Dean Austin. The 52-year-old has been tasked with assessing the current database and targets identified for January, and finding fresh ones to give City the edge in the second half of the season.
"Frasers Group have now presented to Coventry City a new agreement with new commercial terms, which have been presented to us without any dialogue or negotiations, and are less favourable to the Football Club. In addition, this licence would only run until May 2023. "Frasers Group have said they would negotiate for beyond May 2023, but this leaves us without the security and certainty that our current deal provides to us and our fans.
Swansea's game v Coventry City shrouded in uncertainty as eviction notice issuedSwansea City's next Championship away fixture against Coventry City has been thrown into doubt after the Sky Blues released a statement confirming that they have received an eviction notice from their ground. Former Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley's Frasers Group bought the CBS Arena, where Coventry play, a fortnight ago after the holding company filed for administration. And on Monday it was reported by the BBC that Frasers say the Sky Blues have no continuing right to use the ground unless a new licence is agreed. The club's existing licence runs until 2031, but they say the proposed new one would expire in May 2023.
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But the City boss admits: “We are still waiting for the figurehead (Doug King) to come in and give us an idea of what we can be looking towards and looking to achieve in this window coming up... Hopefully we can get the green light (from the EFL) this week and get on with what we can do. ” Transfer embargo latest City confirmed back in October that they have reached a payment agreement with HMRC after being hit with a transfer embargo by the EFL.
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A Coventry statement read: "Coventry City can confirm media reports that it received an eviction notice from Frasers Group, new owners of the Coventry Building Society Arena, on Friday afternoon. "Following the Frasers Group acquisition of the stadium from administrators, Coventry City have been told that we must agree a new licence to play at the Arena. "We were surprised to learn of this intention by Frasers Group, given that discussions with Coventry City prior to the completion of their purchase of the Arena led us to understand the existing terms would continue unchanged with Frasers Group as the new owners of the Arena. "Coventry City Football Club has an existing long-term licence to play at the Arena, which was agreed in March 2021 to run until 2031.
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"Coventry City had envisaged being able to deal with this situation internally, but following media reports this morning, we will continue to keep supporters updated regarding the situation going forward and hope that we will continue to be able to welcome our fans to our home at the Coventry Building Society Arena. " Whether they are able to host another match there will, of course, be of huge significance to Swansea and Swans supporters. The Swans welcome Norwich City to the Swansea. com Stadium this weekend before they travel to the Midlands on December 17, when they hope this situation will have been thoroughly ironed out.
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