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I HAD A STRONG INKLING that for Coventry City, the 2013/14 season would be over before it began.
It promised to be a season littered with the usual off-the-field fracas and on-the-field woes. Starting ten points in the red seemingly dashed any faint promotion hopes, and deep down I was resigned to relegation.
The campaign now appears destined to end with the Sky Blues resting comfortably in the fuzzy warmth of the mid-table. This, however, is certainly no cause for sadness. Quite the opposite, in fact.
WENT to the charity match on Sunday with my son and enjoyed watching our ex players play again in the Sky Blue and even though some were not as quick as they once were they entertained the crowd.
I have to say though I think Huckerby could still play at League One level as he still looks good on the ball,although obviously his fitness would need to go up a bit.But him and Whelan would be great as motivators to our younger players and it would be good if they could come here in some role.
But at the end of the day we should still be playing at the Ricoh and not miles away in Northampton being watched by a thousand of our fans who even though I don't agree with them attending the match must surely be wondering have I done the right thing ?
THE dreaded news we were hoping not to hear has been announced and it's been confirmed that we are now ground sharing with Northampton Town.
To say I'm angry and upset would be an understatement as I'm feeling really low and in shock as well as I was hoping sense would prevail and things would be sorted out.
This without doubt is the worst day I've ever known since becoming a Coventry City supporter fifty years ago and it feels like a bereavement and like I've lost a close family member or friend.
WITH just over a month till the new campaign kicks off us City fans are still unsure where we will be playing our home games and with the next meeting due not till the middle of this month time is slowly running out.
We've suddenly been hit once again by a wall of silence a common trait of SISU who have the annoying habit of shutting up shop just when you think they are opening up a bit.
So here we are on the cusp of a new season with not the foggiest idea what will be the final outcome and all we can do is sit and wait to see what happens.
AS the off field talks keep rumbling on week after week with no end in sight or any good news to cheer us long suffering and depressed Sky Blue fans it makes you think if we are cursed and doomed to failure what ever we do.
What with these forums with Fisher where he answers only questions he likes and any probing one's get dismissed and you still find yourself still in the dark as to what the hell is really going on.
Then if that isn't enough to contend with you get yet another Pantomime Villain in none other than Craig Bellamy sticking the boot in with extracts from his book slagging the club and players off.
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.
This week Tim Fisher laid out SISU's plans for the "Future of Coventry City", he explained in great detail the failings of past Chairmen and Board members, whilst painting a bright future for any fans that wish to buy in to his vision of a new stadium in three years time, on a "Brown Field Site" near to Coventry.
He stated that the club is not for sale, and that he "believes", that the Golden Share is in CCFC Holdings Ltd, the part of the club that is not in administration.
He also stated, quite categorically, that there has been no movement of Assetts, since the club went into admin.
BUT, and it's a BIG BUT, 10 questions remain unanswered:
1, How are the club going to be funded for the next three years, without our own stadium?
2, How much money will be lost during this period, through lack of advertising around the ground?
3,How much money will be lost through the lack of Match Day Sponsorship?
4, If they are moving to a shared stadium for the next three years, how can we bring in new players, with the onset of Financial Fair Play?
5, Why did they oversee the club being relegated into our lowest league position in living memory?
6, In what league are they prepared to let us drop to, before "Highfield 2" is built?
7, Why did they abandon the "Ray Ranson plan" of buying lower league players, (Dann & Fox) to finance the rebuilding of the club?
8, Why didn't they carry out "Due Diligence" Correctly when buying CCFC?
9, Why didn't they negotiate a better rent at the Ricoh when they bought the football club?
10, Where do the fans "The True Custodians" of the football club, stand in their list of "Priorities"?
Lots of talk, but little in the way of substance, now that sounds familiar....................
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.
JIMMY HILL has a statue outside the Ricoh Arena put there in respect and to honour all what he did for Coventry City Football Club as he is a true legend.And it angers and upsets me to think that if we do move away from the Arena this statue which not only City fans see at home games but visiting supporters too will be stood there for years gathering dust.
It's okay for Fisher to calmly say when this new stadium is built the statue will be moved there but that is just not on as it deserves to be outside a ground now and the upcoming season too.Doesn't he understand what Jimmy Hill means to us supporters ?
They may glibly say it's only a statue and the great man is alive and well but that's not relevant as he was overjoyed to unveil it and you could see the club still means everything to him.
AS we have just heard and read that the ongoing saga which is Coventry City Football Club will drag on like some tedious T.V. soap opera for a lot longer we are still asking the question when will all this get resolved ?
Will we be playing our home games next season at the Ricoh Arena or at some other venue seems such a simple question but as yet nobody can give us a straight yes or no ?
Usually the close season is a time for us fans to have a break from the Football but this one I guess for the majority of us will not be spent relaxing on a Beach but be a time of anxiety and worry fretting over the future of our club.