Sky Blue Stinking Thinking?

Date: 29th November 2016

Supporters can be fickle fans. At one point they laud your investment and the very next are chanting sack the board. Often the issue is one of broken promises in chants from yesterday. They seem unable to make up their minds but clearly want to waste no more time.
Well… having written in my last blog all about the strangeness of York City and Jackie McNamara, let me go down the road of one club with even stronger Scottish connections, including our very own Elvis.
Coventry City.
I well remember the Sky Blue resurgence under Gordon Strachan and Gary McAllister but am also old enough to remember the terracing chant of Six foot two, eyes of blue, Big Jim Holton’s after you as another Coventry player earned his caps and his reputation in his country’s colours – and supporters got one of the best and most menacing chants ever written.
Of course, the Elvis to whom I refer, is Steven Pressley who arrived at Coventry in 2013 as their new manager. He arrived just before the club went into administration got not 1 but 2 ten point reductions, he then saved them from relegation, saw them play over 30 miles away from their home, then return to the new stadium and win in their first game there, he signed a new 4-year deal, get to the milestone of 100 games in charge and … then … get sacked in 2015.
That’s how the fans at the Ricoh stadium feel who have followed that rollercoaster ride with a petition to get rid of the owners, Sisu, and to force them to sell the club.
Sisu have owned the club for 9 years and that has included…
1 relegation, 7 managers, 1 season in exile due to a rent dispute, no progress on a stadium (though it has been revealed they are talking to the local rugby club about a ground share), their Academy sits now on a less than sure footing, oh and sitting near or on the foot of the league…
In 24 hours, that online petition gathered over 7,000 signatures, including some very high profile ones – Henry Winter, chief football writer at the Times, and former England, Villa and Liverpool striker Stan Collymore.
It’s clearly a club in crisis and will it be all right at the end of this long night? Fan power now may bring change and the supporters who have suffered are not prepared to suffer in silence any more… Watch that space for further developments…

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