Mike Ashley and his ownership group served Coventry City with an eviction notice from their stadium. Ashley’s Frasers Group recently purchased Coventry Building Society Arena.
Ashley is most famous for his time as owner of Newcastle United.
Ashley’s company took over Coventry stadium in November. With the club’s current license running until 2031, the Frasers Group are looking to negotiate a new deal. The Championship side issued a statement about the ordeal on Monday.
Eviction notice from Coventry City
“Frasers Group have now offered Coventry City a new deal with new commercial terms, presented to us without any dialogue or negotiation, which are less favorable to the football club.” proclaimed the club. “In addition, this license would only run until May 2023.”
“Frasers Group have said they would negotiate beyond May 2023, but this means we lack the safety and security that our current deal offers us and our fans.”
“To confirm, Coventry City are happy to continue under the terms of the current license we already have to play at the Arena.”
Coventry will play their next away game against Reading on Saturday 10th December. Nevertheless, the league scheduled their next home game for the following Saturday on the 17th.
Bad pitch has been a problem in the stadium for years
The Sky Blues are currently 12th in the second-tier English division. However, they have postponed several home games during the current campaign. The field has been unplayable for four games this season.
Despite the terrible pitch, the Coventry Building Society Arena opened in 2005. Coventry City has mainly played at the stadium since it opened, but have previously played matches at other arenas as well.
Ashley’s group has also issued an official statement on the matter. “Frasers, throughout his involvement with the stadium, has supported securing the long-term future of CCFC by playing its matches at the stadium,” the statement said. pronunciation. “This position remains unchanged.”
“Prior to acquiring the stadium, Frasers issued a new license under the terms CCFC agreed with the previous owners. However, CCFC chose not to sign it at the time.
“A revised proposal, along with a new license, has been issued to CCFC and will secure CCFC’s immediate future at the stadium.”
Many Coventry fans assumed their stadium problems would ease with the new ownership. Nevertheless, tension at the Championship club continued.
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