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Coventry City hold talks with Hinckley over stadium move

Fri 14th Dec 2012 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Coventry City have held provisional talks with Hinckley United over playing at the Blue Square Bet North side's Greene King Stadium.

Coventry are looking at other grounds as they discuss a £1.1m bill in rent arrears with Arena Coventry Limited (ACL), the owners of the Ricoh Arena.

And Hinckley, who have been hit by a three-point deduction, told BBC Radio Leicester they discussed a potential share with the Sky Blues.

Their ground can hold 4,329 fans.

The Ricoh Arena's capacity is 32,609.

ACL have issued League One Coventry with a Boxing Day deadline to pay the claimed amount of rent, or face a winding-up petition.

However, the Sky Blues believe that the rent is too high in relation to other clubs of a similar level, and are keen to negotiate with ACL.

The club are also interested in retaining some of the match-day revenue, which currently goes to ACL.

As a result, Coventry have been searching for a contingency plan if a deal for the Ricoh falls through, and reports suggested that they could move to Nene Park, home of the now disbanded Rushden & Diamonds and latterly Kettering Town.

However the Sky Blues, who have averaged just under 10,500 fans this season, could now move 13 miles away to Leicestershire if a deal is struck with Hinckley.

Coventry currently lie 15th in League One following their relegation from the Championship last year, and are on a run of three wins out of their last four league matches.

Hinckley received a points deduction on Thursday for failing to pay five players' wages and now sit on zero points after 18 games in their division.

Posted by: Kev Howland

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