Seppala's secret meeting with fans
SISU BOSS'S HUSH-HUSH FORUM:
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.