All this week this website has been featuring the views of former Sky Blues’ players – nearly all CCFPA members – who have spoken publicly in favour of the earliest possible return of CCFC to its Coventry home from the Club’s current exile in Northampton. We have reported the views of Lee Carsley, Richard Keogh, Ron Farmer, Dave Bennett, Ron Farmer, Dele Adebola and Kirk Stephens. Now the Sky Blues’ gaffer, former CCFC defender (and CCFPA member since last year) Steven Pressley has also recently spoken to Sky Sports News (16/07/2014) and this is reproduced below.
‘Coventry City manager Steven Pressley believes his players would receive a “huge lift” ahead of the new season should they be allowed to return to the Ricoh Arena.
The club are currently seeking a solution with the stadium’s numerous owners that would see them play their home fixtures back in the town in which they were formed.
Last season, the League One club were forced to play their home games 35 miles away at Northampton Town’s Sixfields stadium in front of hugely reduced crowds.
The Football League as well as owning parties Sisu, Otium, ACL and Coventry City Council have all expressed a desire to begin discussions to bring the club home. And Pressley told Sky Sports News:
“It would be fantastic for everybody involved with the club but especially the supporters, who have endured a great deal over the last 16 to 18 months. In the last close-season we were dealt the hammer-blow of a 10-point deduction on the eve of the season, so it would be fantastic to receive a boost in this pre-season that we can return to the club’s home.
“It will make a massive difference. There’s no guarantee it would in terms of results but in terms of the feel-good-factor around the club it would make a huge difference. It would be wonderful to play at your home ground and I do think the players would receive a huge lift from that kind of news.”