Coven­try City leg­end’s plea to Sisu: ‘Let the club go!’


Nuneaton Telegraph - - NEWS - By CATHER­INE LILLINGTON News Re­porter cather­ine.lillington@trin­i­tymir­

COVEN­TRY City leg­end Ron­nie Farmer has this mes­sage for Sisu – “let the club go!”

The for­mer City mid­fielder, once voted Sky Blues’ great­est ever player by Tele­graph read­ers, echoes the call of more than 17,600 sig­na­to­ries to the pa­per’s pe­ti­tion call­ing on Sisu to sell up and go.

The 80-year-old, who played for the side in all four di­vi­sions in the 1950s and 1960s, told how he de­spairs at the club’s for­tunes and wants to see a new owner at the helm.

Coven­try fi­nally man­aged to claim their first league win this sea­son with a 2-0 vic­tory over Port Vale, yes­ter­day.

“I just de­spair, I re­ally de­spair,” said Ron­nie. “I just can’t be­lieve what’s go­ing on.

“The man­ager leaves and we win. How ridicu­lous is that?”

He added: “We were go­ing to get rel­e­gated if you sell your best play­ers, you’re weak­en­ing your side.

“I’d like some­body to come along with money.”

Asked what his mes­sage to Sisu would be, he said: “Let the club go!”

He added: “They’re not dish­ing out money to buy play­ers.”

The Tele­graph started the pe­ti­tion af­ter de­mand­ing that Coven­try City own­ers Sisu put the club up for sale af­ter a dis­as­trous nine years.

High pro­file fig­ures sup­port­ing the pe­ti­tion in its first 24 hours in­cluded Henry Win­ter, chief foot­ball writer at the Times, and for­mer Eng­land, Villa and Liver­pool striker Stan Col­ly­more.

More big names to back our cam­paign are 1987 FA Cup hero David Phillips, Coven­try-born foot­ball pun­dit Richard Keys, for­mer man­ager and player Bobby Gould, Micky Quinn and for­mer Sky Blues full­back Stu­art Pearce.

The pe­ti­tion says: “We be­lieve that the own­ers of Coven­try City have failed the fans dur­ing their time in charge of the club. At­ten­dances, rev­enues and league po­si­tions have all de­clined dur­ing Sisu’s ten­ure.

“Af­ter nine years of fail­ure, it is time for the own­ers to put the club up for sale so some­one can pro­vide the in­vest­ment and know how needed to take this once-proud club out of de­cline and put it back on the right course again.”

Sign the pe­ti­tion at www.change. org/p/sisu-put-coven­try-city-foot­ball-club-up-for-sale

Ron­nie Farmer (top) and pic­tured in 1959

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