Welcome to The Jimmy Hill Way Website

The Jimmy Hill Way Campaign (”JHW”) is a coalition of fan groups demanding a better future for Coventry City Football Club. It includes the Sky Blue TrustPreservation Sky Blues and Cov Fans Together.

Our objective is to persuade the current owners, Sisu Capital and their anonymous investors, to Sell Up and Go. Whenever Sisu take that decision, we will also seek to ensure that new owners have the best interests of Coventry City and its supporters as their main priority. We also expect true supporter representation and involvement in the future operation of the club.

The approach of JHW is to organise protests by supporters, comment via social media and active engagement with other parties who share our aims, including liaison and joint action with supporters’ groups at other clubs who have similar problems with owners. We will also bring pressure to bear on the EFL and FA to take appropriate action to prevent the further decline of our beloved and once-great club. All of this activity will be in support of the stated objective, persuading Sisu to Sell Up and Go.

As JHW makes reference to the Sky Blues’ greatest ever manager, our actions will be carefully considered to avoid bringing the name of Jimmy Hill into disrepute. We are grateful to the Hill family for giving their permission to use his name in connection with our struggle. We ask that all our supporters respect that ethos.

We do not anticipate that this will be a short campaign. No single protest will bring our goal to fruition. This will be a strategy of persistence and determination until such time as Ms Joy Seppala and her hedge fund recognise that they are not welcome and that it is Time to Go.

Our Campaign slogan “Fighting The Jimmy Hill Way” echoes the final line of the song that Jimmy wrote and we all sing at every game: “We’ll Fight ‘til the Game is Won”. Ms Seppala, Tim Fisher and any who oppose us, you would do well to take heed. We are not going away, we will be on your case from now until you leave. The sooner you take the decision to Sell Up and Go, the better for all concerned.

And of course, whatever our issues with the owners of the club, more than anything we want success on the pitch.

We will continue to “Sing Together” with all City fans in support of the team, home and away – PLAY UP SKY BLUES!

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Yesterday, we published an article "Does Today Mark the End of Sisu’s Legal Campaign Over the Ricoh Arena?" reflecting on the passing of an apparent deadline for Sisu Capital, owners of Coventry City Football Club, to continue legal action against Coventry City Council and Wasps Rugby Club under a Judicial Review application to the Supreme Court. 

We did include a reservation within the article that this deadline could be extended in exceptional circumstances. Sadly, that element of doubt came to fruition last night, as news circulated that the deadline had indeed been pushed forward by the Supreme Court to 27th November. That is not too say that Sisu will continue the process but it is now a reasonable assumption that they still intend to seek permission to bring this case.

Consequently, until we hear to the contrary we must assume that CCFC will remain embroiled in a dispute with their landlords at the Ricoh Arena, Wasps, and that this will be an insurmountable obstacle to the Sky Blues playing at the Ricoh beyond the current season which ends in May 2019, as Wasps will not negotiate a new deal while legal action continues against them. Needless to say, this prospect is bitterly disappointing and could lead to the final demise of Coventry City FC in the absence of a ground on which to play home fixtures.

The momentary hope that City supporters would see the end to this intractable wrangle and a clear future at the Ricoh Arena for our beloved club has been cruelly snuffed out, at least for now.

 

David Johnson

Spokesperson

The Jimmy Hill Way Campaign

 

 

 

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