SISU not so secretive
TODAY'S long-awaited unmasking of the demon that is SISU Capital has revealed something that many Coventry City supporters would not have been expecting; a likeable and down to earth human being.
Onye Igwe's decision to go public - a move that I feel was desperately needed - may have come a bit later than necessary, however that shouldn't detract from the fact that it was something that had to be done if SISU wished to claw back some deserved respect from the Sky Blue army.
The cloak of mystery that has long surrounded SISU's involvement with the Sky Blues has now been somewhat lifted, hopefully satisfying the need of many supporters for more information regarding the club's relatively secretive owners.
Not only have SISU removed the aforementioned cloak, they have also (to some extent) justified its initial existence.
In his interview with the CT, Igwe explains that SISU's lack of media exposure isn't intended as a way of shrouding their dealings with secrecy, but is in fact their way of letting Ray Ranson do his job.
Managers often berate over-involved chairmen for meddling in on the field matters, and similarly chairmen have been known to agonise over strict and domineering board members. Igwe's recognition of the need to give Ranson the freedom to do his job mirrors the very same belief held by Ranson regarding his own involvement with first-team matters.
It's obvious that SISU haven't always given Ranson total freedom - the sale of Conor Thomas being a case in point - however Igwe's words go some way in easing any fears that SISU's board representatives will be making the final call on important backroom issues.
When SISU appointed the new board members there was a definite sense of trepidation from most fans, myself included, however that may have been fuelled to some degree by the turmoil surrounding the departure of Gary Hoffman.
At that time, I blogged about my faith in Joe Elliott, and more specifically my belief that he was being totally honest when he said that the new board members would take Coventry City in the right direction.
Although Igwe's interview is far from extensive, it definitely alleviates any fears that the club is being taken over by profit-driven business nuts.
Having put his low-profile existence in jeopardy with today's article, in which he states that he can often be found in the JSB stand on match days, the chances are that Igwe will soon be facing a good-natured grilling from countless fans eager to be filled in on all things Sky Blue.
Come our next home game against Bristol City it may be the case that Igwe will be deeply regretting his choice to go public!