Coventry see out season at Ricoh

Swansea defender Ben Davies says the club have no special plans

in place to subdue Tottenham star Gareth Bale but is relishing the

challenge of going up against his fellow Wales international.

In-form winger Bale has been the driving force behind Spurs’

Premier League top-four push this season, scoring 16 goals.

Davies played alongside him in Wales’ World Cup qualifiers

against Scotland and Croatia over the international break but they

will be on opposing sides at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

The 19-year-old says he will not alter his usual game to deal

with Bale but is looking forward to testing himself against the

Spurs ace.

Asked if he had any ideas how to stop the 23-year-old, Davies

said: “Not really to be honest. You just play your normal game and

see what happens.

“It is going to be a challenge we are looking forward to. He is

a top player so it is going to be a big test for us.

“We will do our best to keep him quiet. I won’t be fazed by

that. It is something I am looking forward to. I want to test

myself against the best and he is in my opinion.”

Meanwhile, Davies’ Swansea team-mate Michu has revealed he wants

to end his playing days at former club Real Oviedo.

The striker has made a big impact this season since joining the

Swans for ?2million from Rayo Vallecano last summer, scoring 19

goals.

Michu was born in Oviedo and says he hopes for an eventual

return, saying: “It would be my dream to go back to Oviedo and

retire there because it’s my home and my team. I feel so loved

there.”

Amid an ongoing row between the Sky Blues and Arena Coventry

Limited (ACL), who manage the stadium and claim to be owed over

?1.3million in unpaid rent stretching back 12 months, the npower

League One outfit last week placed a non-operating subsidiary of

the club into administration.

That subsidiary, Coventry City Football Club Limited, held the

lease and licence for the Ricoh Arena, covering permission to play

home matches at the stadium as well as the rental of the club shop

and offices, which have already been emptied, with all staff having

moved to their Ryton training ground.

It sparked speculation and uncertainty over where City would

play their remaining home fixtures this term, starting with

tomorrow’s visit of league leaders Doncaster.

But a statement released this morning read: “Coventry City

Football Club Holdings Ltd are pleased that an agreement has been

reached with ACL and the administrator that enables us to play our

last three remaining home matches at the Ricoh Arena.

“We apologise profusely to our fans about the confusion

surrounding these fixtures and are delighted that this has now been

resolved.

“We can now look forward to playing current league leaders

Doncaster on Friday 29th March in the hope of doing the double over

them.

“Moving forward we hope that we can continue a constructive

dialogue with ACL with the aim of securing a sustainable future for

the club at the Ricoh Arena.”

The final line of Coventry’s statement suggests the club’s

long-term future may still lie at the venue, which is jointly owned

by the Alan Edward Higgs Charity and Coventry City Council.

The lengthy row centres around Coventry’s refusal to pay an

annual rental fee of ?1.28m, the highest in both League One and the

Championship by some considerable distance, while also bemoaning

the fact they do not get access to 100 per cent of matchday

revenue.

After negotiations collapsed, Coventry and hedge fund owners

Sisu found themselves in the High Court in London last Friday

battling against an application for administration submitted by

ACL.

That initial hearing was adjourned, just hours after City placed

their non-operating subsidiary into administration – although

insisting it is business as usual as Coventry City Football Club

(Holdings), which they claim holds the crucial ‘golden shares’

which provide membership to the Football League and FA, operates as

normal.

ACL on Tuesday returned to the High Court and asked for their

own application for an administration order to be dismissed.

They claim to have it on good authority from the Football League

and the Football Association that Coventry’s ‘golden shares’ do in

fact still lie with Coventry City Football Club Ltd, which has

already gone into administration, hence the withdrawal of their

application.

All eyes are now on the Football League, who are yet to make an

official verdict on the matter, with Coventry appearing to face the

prospect of a 10-point deduction.

The Sky Blues are currently 10th in League One, five points off

the play-offs, with a 10-point penalty certain to end their

promotion hopes for this term.