A Coventry MP has criticised the running of Coventry City Football Club by owners SISU and demanded that they sellthe club at a debate in Parliament.
A debate has been held in Parliament on the future of the Sky Blues amidst ongoing uncertainty over a long-term home for the club and its academy.
The deal through with Coventry City plays its games at the Ricoh Arena is due to expire at the end of the 2017/18 season. This follows a period in 2013 where the club temporarily moved out of the City and played their home games in Northampton following a rent dispute between SISU and Arena Coventry Limited the then operators of the Ricoh Arena.
Questions also remain over the future of the Sky Blues’ academy currently based at the Alan Higgs Centre with that deal due to expire in June 2017 and rugby side Wasps set to develop their own training centre at that location.
It has also recently emerged that the Club’s Ryton training centre, one of the few assets it still owns, has been included in proposals which could see it redeveloped for housing by Rugby Borough Council.
During the debate Mr Cunningham, MP for Coventry South, accused SISU of ‘running the club into the ground’ and that, under their ownership, the club was moving backwards by ‘every conceivable measure’. Mr Cunningham went on to demand that SISU sells the club so that their ‘toxic legacy’ could ‘begin to be undone’.
Following the debate Mr Cunningham said: “Generations of football fans in Coventry have watched their team from the terraces”.
“It shouldn’t be right that a club with such a rich history could be completely wiped out through poor decisions and mismanagement”.
“The foremost consideration of any football club must be its fans. Without the fans there is no club. I believe that SISU have lost sight of this fact and the time is therefore right for them to end their involvement with the club”.
The debate was secured by Jim Cunningham, MP for Coventry South, and was also attended by the Minister for Sport.