Coventry City near administration
Millwall won 1-0 at Blackburn on Wednesday night to set up an FA
Cup semi-final against Wigan at Wembley next month.
Captain Danny Shittu headed home Chris Taylor’s corner in the
42nd minute of the sixth-round replay at Ewood Park, and it proved
enough to take the Lions – runners-up in 2004 – through to the last
four on the weekend of 13/14 April.
As in Sunday’s meeting at The Den at the weekend, Blackburn
sorely lacked creativity and ?11million strike force Jordan Rhodes
and Leon Best drew a blank once more, although the latter had a
second-half shot superbly cleared off the line by Shane Lowry.
Millwall now face a rematch of their 1999 Wembley defeat to
Wigan in the Football League Trophy final, while results on
Saturday could send Rovers into Sunday’s east Lancashire derby
against Burnley just three points above the relegation zone – an
unthinkable second-consecutive relegation hovering ominously into
Blackburn started brightly and, having failed to register a shot
on target at the weekend, they tested Lions goalkeeper David Forde
through Best’s speculative fourth-minute drive.
The Republic of Ireland international had a left-footed effort
deflected behind in the 15th minute and, from the resulting corner,
club stalwarts Morten Gamst Pedersen and David Dunn combined for
the latter to arch a shoot past the far post from 18 yards.
Moments later, Millwall attacked and Danny N’Guessan felt he was
impeded in the area by Rovers skipper Scott Dann when trying to
reach Andy Keogh’s cross, but referee Mark Clattenburg
In the 20th minute, Blackburn goalkeeper Jake Kean created
danger all of his own making by leaving himself stranded en route
to claiming a long Lowry free-kick that Rob Hulse glanced wide.
N’Guessan twice had shots blocked by Jason Lowe as Rovers failed
to clear a corner before Taylor’s deflected shot crashed into the
The former Oldham midfielder delivered the next set-piece and
Shittu was allowed room to power home from close range.
In the second half, Lowry produced a telling block when Josh
King volleyed goalwards after Dann headed Pedersen’s 49th-minute
corner across goal.
Pedersen wasted a promising free-kick position as frustrations
among the home faithful audibly grew, but Best brought them to
their feet in the 63rd minute, drifting through a static Millwall
backline to see the sliding Lowry clear his from the goalmouth.
However, Rovers’ challenge faded badly. Mark Beevers blocked a
Nuno Gomes strike in the final minute before Taylor blazed
wastefully over when trying to add late gloss to the scoreline.
Arena Coventry Limited (ACL) has announced it has made an
application to the High Court in London to request that it make an
administration order against the club.
The Sky Blues’ owner, the hedge fund Sisu, is disputing the
terms of the lease but the League One club would face a 10-point
deduction by the Football League if they are placed into
ACL is the Coventry City Council and Higgs Charity-owned company
that runs the Ricoh Arena stadium and its chairman Nicholas Carter
said: “It is highly unfortunate that we have had to take this
course of legal action. Had we not taken this action, then the
alternative might have been catastrophic for CCFC.
“We are owed a considerable amount of money in rent arrears.
While it is imperative that ACL takes action to recover these
arrears and to stop the arrears growing, it is important for us to
find a solution that can provide for the survival of the Sky Blues.
Hopefully this action will ultimately put CCFC on a stable
financial footing for the future.
“Following recent statements in the media from the CCFC’s owners
threatening the Club with liquidation, we are keen to stop this
from happening. Our action prevents Sisu simply closing CCFC and
walking away from the situation.
“We are, of course, well aware that under the current Football
League regulations, CCFC will face a points deduction and we will
do everything we can to ensure that the case is heard by the High
Court before the end of the current season. While this opens up the
possibility of a 10-point deduction this season, the board believes
this is better than leaving CCFC facing a much larger deduction at
the start of next season.”
In the next few weeks, the High Court will decide whether the
club is fit to continue trading. If it decides it is not, it will
be placed into administration and an administrator appointed to