David W from Coventry asks: I understand that Coventry City have signed a 3 season ground share agreement with Birmingham City. This is acceptable to the EFL. However, they have to liaise regularly with the EFL about their future plans. By the end of the 3 years they must have clearly demonstrated that they have an acceptable new ground planned or a return to the Ricoh. Is my understanding correct, to the best of your knowledge?
Hi David. I asked the EFL for clarification on the situation in September.
Here’s what they said: “As confirmed previously, the EFL Board has given Coventry City permission to play its home fixtures at the Trillion Trophy Stadium in season 2019/20.
“There is the potential for this arrangement to be extended for up to a further two seasons subject to the EFL Board being satisfied that the Club are making suitable progress towards finding a long term solution that will see it return to the city of Coventry.
“Discussions remain ongoing in this respect.”
My personal view is that the club will return to Coventry and the Ricoh well within the next three years. City simply cannot afford to keep losing money on ticket sales with more than half of last season’s Ricoh fanbase opting not to travel to St Andrew’s.
Given how successful City have been so far this season, coupled with the exciting brand of football on display, it could be argued that crowds would be heading towards the 15,000 mark if they were back at the Ricoh.
The club are starkly aware of this fact but it remains to be seen whether the powers that be can find a way of reaching an agreement over their legal issues with Wasps.