Sky Blues confirm talks with council over Ricoh tenancy

By Steve Carpenter 02/05 Updated: 03/05 15:34

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The Sky Blues do not currently own the Ricoh Arena, which has been their home since 2005. (S)

TALKS have been held between Sisu and the council over reducing the amount of rent the club pays the Ricoh.

In a statement issued on Wednesday (May 2) the club described the talks as ‘highly constructive’.

It also said a commitment had been made to provide the city council with further details of its plans for next season with more talks expected over the course of the next week.

The talks were between club representatives including the head of Sisu Joy Seppala and council leader John Mutton, deputy leader and finance chief George Duggins and chief executive Martin Reeves.

Fans have turned to Twitter and Facebook to try to reduce the cost of rent being paid to play at the Ricoh Arena.

The club are set to lose over £2million on sponsorship from the Football League following their drop into the third tier of English Football

And fans have become increasingly worried the £1.2million annual fee is to high with the club not paying its monthly instalment to the stadium last month.

Jon Gaunt has set up a Twitter account by the name @dropccfcrentnow and a Facebook page, DropCCFCRentNOW to try to force a debate.

"This is not about Jon Gaunt. I have started it as a supporter of this great football club, but I want the fans to take over it," he told The Observer.

"I will use my contacts do develop it initially but I want fans to take it forward.

"The aim is to get over 1,000 people following, on either Facebook or Twitter, and then we can stage a public meeting to put pressure on the council.

"There is no way a League One club can pay that figure to play in their stadium.

"If the rent is dropped the club will become more attractive for potential investors which is what the club need."

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