23rd Oct, 2017

Time to move forward towards success says Steve Waggott

Coventry Editorial 21st Aug, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

SKY Blues development directory Steve Waggott believes the club’s return to the Ricoh Arena can be followed up by success both on the pitch and in the community.

A two-year deal, with an option for an extra two years, has been agreed for Steven Pressley’s side to return to the Ricoh Arena after a year playing at Sixfields Stadium in Northampton.

The first game back looks set to be the league fixture against Gillingham on September 5, which has been moved to a 7.45 kick off on Friday evening for Sky Sports.

Waggott, who dealt with negotiations with stadium owners Arena Coventry Limited (ACL) over the past couple of weeks, said he was delighted to get the deal done.

And he thanked Chris Robinson, chairman of ACL, for the professional manner conducted throughout the lengthy negotiations.

He said: “I am sure every supporter of Coventry City will be thrilled with this news.

“We are under no illusion what a difficult 12 months it has been for the supporters and that was uppermost in our thinking as we worked to get this deal done.

“There has had to be compromise on both sides and the commercial details of the deal will remain confidential.

“The support and guidance from the Football League, and especially from Chief Executive Shaun Harvey, throughout our discussions was a key factor in achieving the aim of reaching this agreement and getting the football club back to Coventry.

“Now it is all about looking forward to a really exciting season back in the community and with a real chance of success. I am sure every supporter will want to give Steven Pressley, his staff and players their full backing for the season at the Ricoh.

“Logistically, it’s going to mean a huge amount of work between now and the first game back and we would ask supporters to bear with us as all of our efforts up to now have been in getting this deal over the line to get us back to Coventry as soon as possible.

“We will announce details around tickets, Season Tickets and other information as soon as we can next week but we hope to be back at the Ricoh for the clash with Gillingham. We will keep supporters fully informed of progress to that aim.”

The Sky Blues have kept Northampton Town fully informed and would like to thank the club for its hospitality over the last 12 months.

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