Plan A Version III
Just a reminder of two earlier quotations which I underlined:
“Plan A is building a new stadium.” Joy Seppala, September 2013
Then in reference to the development of a stadium at Butts Park with Coventry Rugby Club:
“It’s the preferred option because it keeps us in the city.” Tim Fisher, March 2017
Plan A Version III was revealed in an interview on Sky Sports earlier this season:
“Plan A has been and remains staying at the Ricoh Arena.” Tim Fisher, September 2018
To which he added at the end of the interview:
“That is Plan A. There has never been anything other than Plan A so we are just hoping to do a deal with the landlords.”
Which is strange, because earlier in the interview he also said there was an unspecified Plan B and a Plan C! Honestly, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
But there we are. Plan A is now staying at the Ricoh Arena. This despite all the efforts down the years to persuade otherwise and actions which impair Coventry City’s chances of remaining, all hopes of a Sky Blue future lie at the Stadium which was built for our club.
The Chief Executive wrote in his programme notes about 8 weeks later:
“Coventry City Football Club comes first above everything else, I’m sure you will agree. It is imperative that a deal is agreed and that we stay at the Ricoh Arena. The EFL have made very clear in writing to us that a groundshare outside of Coventry is not and will not be an option – even if it was, it is not an option we are interested in. We want to stay at the Ricoh Arena.
“For the avoidance of doubt to everyone in Coventry and Warwickshire who cares about the Football Club, failure to reach agreement to play at the Ricoh next season will mean that the Club’s place in the English Football League is severely at risk.” Dave Boddy, November 2018
The Open Letter which followed and subsequent statements from both Fisher and Boddy just re-iterate, with an increasing sense of urgency verging on panic, that there is no alternative to the latest Plan A.
After all these years of posturing about a new ground or a Butts Park Ground Share, only when Seppala and Fisher have failed to deliver on any of the commitments they’ve made, finally comes the admission that Plan A can only be to play at the Ricoh.
But whose fault will it be if that Plan A Version III is not realised? Well according to the Sky Blues Chairman and Chief Executive, it will be the responsibility of Wasps and Coventry City Council.
Sorry Gentlemen, but I beg to differ.