New chief exec for Sky Blues

Coventry Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By SI­MON GIL­BERT Chief re­porter si­mon.gil­bert@coven­try­tele­

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.

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