Sep­pala's se­cret meet­ing with fans


Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

THE head of Coven­try City own­ers Sisu has held a se­cre­tive meet­ing with a se­lect group of fans.

Joy Sep­pala and Sky Blues chief ex­ec­u­tive Tim Fisher held a fo­rum for around 20 sup­port­ers at the Par­ish Cen­tre of the Church of Christ the King, in Coundon, on Wed­nes­day evening.

The group were in­vited to ask ques­tions of the pair dur­ing the meet­ing which lasted al­most two hours.

Fans at­tended the meet­ing on an in­vi­ta­tion-only ba­sis, with some con­tacted through the Sky Blues Talk on­line foot­ball mes­sage board.

Is­sues cov­ered in­cluded plans for a new sta­dium, the im­pend­ing court case with Coven­try City Coun­cil, a po­ten­tial re­turn to the Ri­coh Arena and on the field am­bi­tions.

One sup­porter who at­tended, but did not want to be named, said the fo­rum had not proved very use­ful. The fan said: “A lot of people felt that it was just a com­plete and ut­ter waste of time.

“I walked away more con­fused than when I en­tered – I get more con­fused by the day. We were get­ting mixed mes­sages. I’m not sure if Joy and Tim were play­ing the good cop, bad cop sce­nario.

“Joy is adamant they are not in­ter­ested in go­ing back to the Ri­coh but Fisher says they def­i­nitely are.

“Who is in charge here? I think they are play­ing some sort of game, but what that game is, I do not know.”

The sup­porter also said the rare pub­lic ap­pear­ance by Ms Sep­pala was wel­comed and en­cour­aged her to make more.

The fan said: “I think it would do her more favours to make more pub­lic ap­pear­ances. She comes over as a very nice woman, but I do not trust her. She has great pres­ence.

“She is a very in­tel­li­gent woman, al­though I don’t think what she is do­ing at the mo­ment is very in­tel- ligent. If you were a neu­tral, you would be­lieve her.

“She’s very con­fi­dent in what she is do­ing.”

The sup­porter also said it was re­vealed to the group that the list of po­ten­tial sites for a new sta­dium had now been nar­rowed down to one.

It was also said the pair strug­gled to ex­plain how con­struct­ing a new sta­dium would be fi­nan­cially vi­able for the club.

They also dis­cussed the idea of fans mod­er­at­ing in the cur­rent Ri­coh Arena dis­pute.

A larger pub­lic fo­rum, with ma­jor play­ers in the Ri­coh Arena row, is sched­uled for June and de­tails of how to ap­ply for tick­ets are ex­pected to be an­nounced shortly.

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