Coventry will play home matches at Birmingham’s St Andrew’s as club can’t come to agreement with Wasps

Coventry will extend their arrangement to ground share at Birmingham’s St Andrew’s stadium for next season, the League One champions have confirmed.

The Sky Blues are back in the Championship in 2020/21 but their negotiations with Wasps, the landlords of the Ricoh Arena, collapsed.

Coventry’s home matches will take place in Birmingham for another season

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Coventry’s home matches will take place in Birmingham for another season

In a statement, the club blamed clauses introduced to the licence agreement by Wasps for creating a situation which would have ‘jeopardised’ the club’s future.

The club said: “Following months of negotiations and despite being very close to agreeing commercial conditions, the same issues that prevented a deal last season have again prevented a deal for the upcoming season.

“[T]he clauses introduced (to the licence agreement) by Wasps, for themselves and for a third-party, then added conditions that would unreasonably restrict the club… and jeopardise its very future.”

Coventry revealed this week that they have reached an agreement with the University of Warwick to provide land on which they can build a new stadium.

There were hopes Coventry could return to the Ricoh Arena but that’s not happening now

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There were hopes Coventry could return to the Ricoh Arena but that’s not happening now

But in the meantime they paid tribute to both the EFL and Birmingham for facilitating the deal that will see them remain at St Andrew’s for another season.

The statement added: “We would again like to thank the EFL for their understanding, help and patience with this matter, and extending Monday’s deadline until today to try to help us resolve the issues.

“We would like to thank Birmingham City and their staff for their continued support in this situation. They were excellent to us last season, and we have no doubt that they will continue to be.

“We of course do not want to be there but have been forced again to take this action to ensure fixtures next season can be fulfilled.”


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