Sky Blues in talks over Ricoh

BY foxsports • December 12, 2012

Hull chairman Ehab Allam has vowed to give manager Steve Bruce his "full support" in the January transfer window.

The Tigers currently occupy fourth spot in Championship as the season's half-way mark approaches, and Bruce is keen to inject fresh impetus into his squad to maintain their promotion push following a recent meeting with Allam.

"We've had discussions with Steve with a view to January and we have an idea of what our requirements are," the chairman told the Hull Daily Mail.

"We will be looking to give Steve our full support in the transfer window to give us that final push.

"We have every confidence in Steve. He's proved himself as a top quality manager and we'll be supporting him the way he sees fit."

The Sky Blues were issued a statutory demand for ?1.1million in unpaid rent earlier this month by the ACL, who manage the Ricoh Arena on behalf of joint owners the Alan Edward Higgs Charity and Coventry City Council.

But the club are unhappy with the price of the rent and have threatened to play their home games elsewhere, with a 90-mile round trip to Rushden & Diamonds' former ground Nene Park believed to be an option.

However, the two parties are now in negotiations.

A statement on the club's official website said: "The club is pleased to confirm that we are now in talks with ACL. However, whilst these talks are ongoing it wouldn't be right for us to make any further statements or to comment on any aspect of the situation.

"Since we received ACL's initial letter we have been asking for them to get round the table and negotiate with us.

"We want to conduct our negotiations in a professional manner, in confidence and not via the media. It is clear that this is what the fans want us all to do."

The Ricoh has hosted Coventry's home matches since 2005 when the club left Highfield Road.


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