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THE much maligned Tim Fisher continues to battle away on the front line this week as he takes centre stage at a series of fans' forums, aiming to explain and justify the outrageous goings on behind the scenes at Coventry City.
Facing a barrage of passionate and probing questions from a room of understandably aggrieved fans is no doubt one of the least enjoyable facets of Tim Fisher's job, but seeking to provide acceptable answers to a highly waspish audience is just one aspect of what is arguably one of the hardest jobs in football.
WITH the war of words surrounding the Sky Blues becoming more cantankerous by the day, it's becoming ever more unclear where we will find ourselves by the time the 2013/14 curtain opener is upon us.
I've long been an ardent supporter of Tim Fisher's sentiment; defending the club's owners against often unwarranted criticism. However, his insistence on playing games with a club that is so important to thousands of people is abhorrent.
Coventry City is one big soap opera at present where confusion and rumours reigns...sadly.
Last week's instalments included SISUs continuing negotiations with The Alan Higgs Charity and the Council over the stadium. An ultimatum from the Council to SISU requesting proof that they have the funds in place to finance such a deal.
Questions over SISU structure and links to a Cayman Island Holding Company along with constant rumours of administration.
A 'possible' takeover linked to a Chinese company.
The transfer embargo is still in place, no budget agreed for next season, players leaving, the Chief Executive and Development Director issuing contradictory statements over the clubs ambitions for next season.
Also we had ousted Director and Life Presidents being invited back for talks about resuming their roles at the club.
There are enough stories here in one week that any club wouldn't expect to make in a season.
Is it any wonder that an average centre forward preferred a Second Division side over the Club?
To the average fan looking it is a complete and utter mess where confusion and rumour reign.
SISUs repeated promises of transparency, honesty and better communications with the fans is once again in tatters.
Like them or loathe them SISU own our beloved club.
Their current talks with the Council, and one would assume the Alan Higgs Charity about getting a half share in the Arena Company Ltd and the associated land around it, seems to me to be a positive move.
There are a number of reasons why I believe this.
Firstly we will be able to reduce our yearly rent.
Secondly we will benefit from the profitability of the Arena, any income at present is welcome. The Arena has a turnover of around £17 Million with only 20% linked to the football club and makes a small profit.
Thirdly as the fair play rules are in place, our income will be increased and therefore the proportion we could/can spend on our playing budget will be greater.
Fourthly it makes Coventry City a better option to any potential buyer or investor. Currently Coventry City is a brand with no major assets (other than the players). With ownership of half the Arena Company, then it is far more attractive to potential buyers or investors.
I know that some people think I am backing SISU with the above comments. However the truth is that I don't want them here anymore than the vast majority of the fans do.
I do however fear for the future of the club, getting more revenue into the club is a must if it is to survive.
There are a number of interesting questions thrown up by it all. Firstly where are SISU getting the money from? Secondly why have they taken them so long to do this and thirdly is this why they are delaying publishing the budget and thus keeping the embargo in place?
IF you squint your eyes, tilt your head to the left a little and really concentrate, you can just about make out some light at the end of the Sky Blue tunnel.
Only a few would go as far as saying that we're dead and buried, but it's clear that for this slight glimmer of hope to be truly realised, it's going to take something special.
The situation at present doesn't seem overly disastrous, but with the teams around us hitting form coupled with our sheer inability to pick up points away from home, things have the potential to get a whole lot worse.
If all the doom and gloom is becoming just too much to handle, do not fear. Below, I have outlined three perfectly feasible scenarios that, were they to come to fruition, would see Coventry City rise from the lowly depths of the relegation zone.