19th Oct, 2017

Return to Coventry essential for club to progress, says Pressley

Coventry Editorial 23rd Jul, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

STEVEN Pressley has told The Observer in order for the club to achieve its dream of progressing back up the Football League pyramid they must return to Coventry.

As things stand the Sky Blues will kick off the new season at Sixfields Stadium in Northampton for a second year running despite large-scale protests from thousands of angry supporters.

And Pressley knows how much of an impact it would have on everyone involved with the club if the Sky Blues returned home in time for the new season.

He told our man Steve Carpenter: “Last year was a testing year for everyone at the club. From the players and staff to very much the supporters and it’s been a difficult, difficult period.

“For all that we’ve gone through it would give this place and the city a huge lift if we were to return to the Ricoh for the start of the season.

“My hope is that we do. I think everybody connected with the club hopes it happens and fingers crossed there can be a solution to that.

“I think the great thing just now is there’s noises that seem to be positive noises in the respect of us returning to the Ricoh.

“There’s been many good things going on at the club but for us to truly realise our dreams here we’ll never do that I don’t believe until we return to the city.”

The club and the council have both stated they are happy to talk again about the prospect of an interim deal at the Ricoh Arena.

But it seems the club’s unwillingness to drop legal action after losing the judicial review hearing is proving to be a pivotal stumbling block.

A CHARITY football match has raised £1,000 for the Grace Research Fund.

The match between Deeley Construction and Travis Perkins was watched by Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley who blew the whistle to start the game at the Alan Higgs Centre.

The Scot invited representatives from the charity to the club’s training ground in Ryton to handover the proceeds.

Grace Research Fund is a charity which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of premature babies and their families in Coventry and Warwickshire.

“I was delighted to get the game underway and I am even more pleased to see what a great sum of money it raised for such a wonderful cause.” said Pressley.

“We have got to know the Grace Research Fund very well over the past year and we know what great work they do on behalf of babies and their families in this area.”

The game was organised by Edward Hudson, business development co-ordinator at Deeley Construction.

He added: “I don’t think any of the footballing talent on show caught Steven’s eye on the night, but we are extremely grateful for his input.”

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