Will Tim Fisher's words banish the Sky Blue Army's ownership scepticism?
TIM FISHER entered the fray at Coventry City somewhat out of nowhere; filling the void left by the acrimonious departure of Ken Dulieu.
To me, and I imagine to most City fans, he was someone about which I had heard very little, and given his association with Sisu I felt it necessary to greet his arrival with the default air of distrust that is commonplace with anyone with even the slightest link to the current owners of the club.
However, his refreshing candour has all but banished any cynicism I initially felt towards him. His rhetoric is honest and to-the-point; two qualities that have been notable by their absence in the little correspondence between Sisu and the Coventry City faithful.
Taking the time to portray to the fans the current situation at City is a move that was desperately needed, and I can only assume that Fisher's articles will be greeted with warmth, regardless of how bad the prognosis is.
Thursday's instalment, in which the ludicrously complicated but in no way uncommon or dubious structure of the club is laid out in layman's terms, should help alleviate some of the worries currently harboured by many fans.
Despite the fact that, for me, a full understanding of the club's ownership arrangement would require an unprecedented amount of visual aids and diagrams, I still feel much more at ease following Fisher's words.
Instead of aiming to fully comprehend the way in which the club is owned, I have simply come to the conclusion that it is, in fact, just very complicated.
But, and this is the important bit, it is not complicated due to some sort of highly illegal and suspect scheme to milk Coventry City for all their worth, ultimately leaving us penniless and player-less. It is complicated because that is simply the nature of the beast.
Now, I must state that I have never doubted the fact that Sisu want what's best for the club (cue angry boos and jeers).
For me it seems counterintuitive to assume that a private equity fund would do their utmost to ruin the long term prospects of an investment that is inherently long term in its nature.
However, there's no denying that there have been some serious failings at the very top. Countless broken promises have irked me, and the majority of supporters, and that is why the news of Gary Hoffman's reappearance was universally welcomed, albeit with caution.
All that can be hoped for is a sense of appreciation for Tim Fisher's openness, and ultimately a shift of focus from off-the-field hate to on-the-field support.