New chief exec for Sky Blues
COVENTRY City has announced the appointment of a new chief executive after a nine-month wait for a top boss.
The club has promoted David Boddy to oversee the running of the club, two months after the Telegraph revealed he had been appointed as commercial director without it being announced by the club.
Chris Anderson had been managing director at City for less than a year when he left the club in September 2016.
Mr Boddy is the former chairman of Worcester City and chief executive of Newport County.
He is a divisive figure among Worcester supporters after City’s ground was sold for housing during his tenure in 2008.
A planned move to a new ground subsequently fell through after it hit financial troubles and Worcester City are now homeless after leaving their home of 108 years in 2013.
The club currently ground shares with Bromsgrove after three years sharing playing facilities with Kidderminster.
Announcing his appointment, Coventry City described him as bringing “a wealth of football industry knowledge and experience to the club”.
In a statement published on Coventry City’s website, the club said he would start his role with immediate effect.
It read: “Coventry City are pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Boddy as the club’s new chief executive. Dave brings a wealth of football industry knowledge and experience to the club, including roles as chief executive at Newport County, chairman at Worcester City and at the Football Conference (now the National League), where he was assistant general manager and a director of the league.
“Dave has been with the Sky Blues as commercial director since February.”
Speaking to the club website, he said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to this role and excited by the potential and prospects for the coming season under Mark Robins shrewd and dynamic guidance.
“This is a fantastic club, and I have seen at first hand the size of the club and its fanbase when we went to Wembley for the Checkatrade Trophy Final.
“As priorities, I will look to develop the commercial opportunities and aim to improve our engagement with community, supporters and all stakeholders in the club. While there are obvious challenges which exist, this is a club with huge potential and brilliant supporters, and I look forward to working with fans, businesses, staff and local stakeholders in my new role.”
Coventry City has not had a chief executive since Steve Waggott left the club in November 2015.
He was effectively replaced by German academic Chris Anderson who took up the role of managing director.
But Chris Anderson left his post in September 2016 after just ten months in the top job. That means there has been a nine-month wait for a top boss at Coventry City.
Tim Fisher has been the club’s chairman throughout this period - assisted briefly by technical director Mark Venus.