The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Paul Ed­di­son

COVEN­TRY fans have en­dured a never-end­ing stream of dis­ap­point­ments over the last decade, and now their celebrity sup­port­ers have de­cided enough is enough.

Rock band The En­emy hail from the city, and the die-hard Sky Blues pa­trons are declar­ing it has to be “now or never” if they are to rid the club of own­ers Sisu, a hedge fund.

With no long-term deal in place for a home sta­dium, the Coven­try

Tele­graph this week launched a pe­ti­tion for Sisu to sell up – and they hit the 10,000-name land­mark within 48 hours.

The En­emy’s bassist Andy Hop­kins is urg­ing even more fans to join the band­wagon to put pres­sure on the com­pany he be­lieves has be­come ‘a can­cer’.

“I’ve been a fan since the early 1990s and it’s not rocket science. There’s only one way this is go­ing,” he said. “There’s the de­ba­cle with the sta­dium and there’s no ob­vi­ous plan.

“It has rot­ted the club to the core. We are go­ing to­wards ex­tinc­tion and an­other di­rec­tor has now gone. It’s be­yond a joke.

“It’s not just about foot­ball and it’s not just about Coven­try City FC – it’s about what is morally right and wrong. We are a club with a proud his­tory, which is be­ing ripped apart.”

Since Sisu took con­trol in 2007 the club has slipped to the bottom of League One and 14 di­rec­tors have come and gone.

Hop­kins added: “It’s great that the Coven­try

Tele­graph have taken this stance and we need this to work as the knock-on ef­fect of los­ing the club will be mas­sive for the city.

“Henry Win­ter, Stan Col­ly­more and oth­ers have signed and un­der­stand what we are try­ing to do. The fact that the Foot­ball League and the FA haven’t stepped in is an ab­so­lute dis­grace. I wish we had the money to buy the club.

“I re­mem­ber watch­ing Noel Whe­lan and, even fur­ther back, Robert Rosario and Micky Quinn. What do the young fans have now?”

AN­GRY: Andy Hop­kins

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