Meanwhile a Coventry born multi-millionaire has offered to mediate between Coventry City and the Ricoh Arena in a bid to resolve the row. Ironically, Norman Smurthwaite admits he didn’t know much about football until recently but, after buying Port Vale FC last month, he’s learning fast.
Sadly for the Sky Blues and club owners Sisu, who have been desperately searching for co-investors for the last two years, the 52-year-old has slipped through the net and is now fully committed to transforming the Valiants after buying the Vale Park club for £1.25million.
“If I had known Coventry were looking seriously I might have looked into it, but I didn’t even know until recently that they hadn’t been paying their rent,” said the former Barkers Butts schoolboy who believes that if Coventry City Council don’t act to help the iconic brand and stadium it will turn into the best park and ride car park in the country.
“But £400,000 a year rent is not sustainable for Coventry City for a two or three day a month venue.
"Given the full use of the stadium and the food and beverage then that’s a different proposition, but I understand they haven’t got that.”