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Bozza

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Coventry City have been issued with an eviction notice by the new owners of the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Former Newcastle owner Mike Ashley's Frasers Group took over the stadium last month after buying its three former operating companies.
They say the Championship club has no continuing right to use the ground.

Club officials were informed on Friday they must return keys and access cards and an FA Youth Cup game on Saturday was switched to Leamington.

 

kojak

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Surprised Christian Horner hasn't persuaded Red Bull from buying the club
 

Giraffe

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Disgraceful. Ashley just playing games with the new owners to get them to stump up a bigger price for the stadium presumably?
 


Simster

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Disgraceful. Ashley just playing games with the new owners to get them to stump up a bigger price for the stadium presumably?
Harsh considering we don't have all the facts. Maybe Coventry are currently not paying what is considered the market rate?
 
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BBassic

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So this is what those Newcastle fans meant when they said Mike Ashley is worse than a regime that dismembers journalists. I get it now.
 
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Harsh considering we don't have all the facts. Maybe Coventry are currently not paying what is considered the market rate?
"Frasers do not believe they are bound by the previous licence agreement with the stadium's former owners" - considering the sale only went through three weeks ago, seems very fast to have been through the licence, had discussions and then got hold of an eviction notice.

For someone who says he is a football fan, this is pretty low. I have friends and relatives who are Coventry fans and they really have been through the ringer over the last few years. While they didn't want Ashley involved they were hopeful that he might at least be a useful ally.
 

Simster

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"Frasers do not believe they are bound by the previous licence agreement with the stadium's former owners" - considering the sale only went through three weeks ago, seems very fast to have been through the licence, had discussions and then got hold of an eviction notice.

For someone who says he is a football fan, this is pretty low. I have friends and relatives who are Coventry fans and they really have been through the ringer over the last few years. While they didn't want Ashley involved they were hopeful that he might at least be a useful ally.
That's all fair enough, but how do we know CCFC haven't been approached about a rent raise and ignorantly dismissed it out of hand - leaving Ashley no alternative? I'm not saying that's what happened, just that the full facts aren't being presented.
 

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"Frasers do not believe they are bound by the previous licence agreement with the stadium's former owners" - considering the sale only went through three weeks ago, seems very fast to have been through the licence, had discussions and then got hold of an eviction notice.

For someone who says he is a football fan, this is pretty low. I have friends and relatives who are Coventry fans and they really have been through the ringer over the last few years. While they didn't want Ashley involved they were hopeful that he might at least be a useful ally.

Does it? Days work at most.
Big question is why did Coventry only have a licence and not something a bit more secure. Coventry has been a lesson in mismanagement for years and you have to feel for their fans. Who knows what Ashley’s end game is
 


Iggle Piggle

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Cov is just up the road from me and it's all a bit - well, very - complicated. SISU have owned Cov for years but recently sold - i think it still needs to be signed off - to a guy called Doug King. Doug may or may not have something to do with SISU depending on who you believe. He also wanted to buy the stadium but was told his bid was too late. The stadium meanwhile was bought by our friend and yours Big Fat Mike. The suggestion is that this is some sort of business chess - albeit draughts is probably more BFM's style - between BFM and Doug regarding ownership of the club. If you believe that, this is Ashley's way of forcing a sale to him albeit given his business previous I'm not neccessarily convinced by.

Either way, The Coventry licence to use was with Wasps who are now bust, so i'd imagine it is legal what he has done. Whatever way you cut it, it's bad if you are a Coventry fan.
 

Iggle Piggle

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Other bits of local gossip are that "the stadium needs 20 million quids worth of work on it which is why he got it so cheap" and "the council have agreed that Mike can knock it down in a deal behind the scenes" and god only knows where a future wasps fit into this. One of the money men behind Wasps used to drink in my local but has understandably gone missing when me and the dog go for a pint and a bag of crisps

It makes the sale of the Goldstone seem straightforward in comparison. Personal view is that Cov is in the middle of a fight between 2 sith lords. Whoever wins won't be giving away free beer.
 
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Lenny Rider

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No doubt an NSC expert will enlighten me, so did Coventry sell Highfield Road for development and then 'rent' the Ricoh (as was) in the same the Hammers do with the Olympic Stadium?
 

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