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Coventry City Supporters Trust Seek Legal Advice Over Former CEO

Mon 20th May 2013 | Legal

Coventry City supporters group, the Sky Blue Trust are seeking legal advice over the club’s former CEO, Tom Fisher’s influence at the club.

The League One side were placed into administration in March amid a row with the club’s home stadium owners - Arena Coventry Limited – who claim to be owed over £1.3min unpaid rent stretching back 12 months.

However, since being placed into administration, former CEO, Tom Fisher has continued to exert his influence over the club’s future at the Ricoh Arena despite the them being under the control of administrator, Paul Appleton of David Rubin & Partners LLP.

A statement released by Supporters Direct on behalf of the Sky Blue Trust read, “When Coventry City FC Limited was placed into administration Paul Appleton of David Rubin & Partners LLP was appointed as joint administrator. This means he is in charge of the business. This is established in law.

“We are therefore confused about why Tim Fisher, former Chief Executive of Coventry City FC, and who we believe is still employed by Coventry City FC (Holdings) Ltd, appears to be exerting such influence over the actions of Paul Appleton, particularly around the future of the club at the Ricoh Arena.

“We are currently seeking legal clarification of this understanding, as we are concerned to ensure that Paul Appleton is not acting in the best interests of the creditors of Coventry City FC Limited.

“Ultimately, the decisions made by Paul Appleton and David Rubin and Partners LLP are about the future not of an ordinary business, but of a community asset; a Football Club that has been part of our City, its life and its community since 1883.

“We take the current threat to the future of our Football Club extremely seriously and will not sit back whilst it is buffeted by the demands of a small group of self-interested, selfish individuals who have no interest other than themselves and their short-term investment concerns.

“We call on The Football League to investigate this relationship, that the integrity of their competition is protected, and the Football Association also stand firm on this threat to our Football Club and our national game.”


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