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Coventry City end Northampton groundshare and return to the Ricoh Arena

Coventry City are returning to the Ricoh Arena.
Coventry City are returning to the Ricoh Arena. Credit: PA

Coventry City have confirmed that a deal has been reached for the club to return to the Ricoh Arena.

The Sky Blues have been playing their home games at Northampton Town's Sixfields stadium for the past year.

The League One side have agreed an initial two-year deal, with the option of a further two years to return to the 32,000 seater venue.

They will play their first game back in the stadium against Gillingham on 6 September.

"We are delighted to get this deal done and I am sure every supporter of Coventry City will be thrilled with this news.

We are under no illusion what a difficult 12 months it has been for the supporters and that was uppermost in our thinking as we worked to get this deal done.

There has had to be compromise on both sides and the commercial details of the deal will remain confidential.

The support and guidance from the Football League, and especially from Chief Executive Shaun Harvey, throughout our discussions was a key factor in achieving the aim of reaching this agreement and getting the football club back to Coventry."

– Steve Waggott, Development Director, Coventry City

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Coventry City set to end Northampton Town groundshare and return to the Ricoh Arena

Coventry City look set to return to the Ricoh Arena.
Coventry City look set to return to the Ricoh Arena.

Coventry City could be about to return to the Ricoh Arena, according to reports.

The League One club have been playing their football at Northampton Town's Sixfields stadium for over a year.

Northampton is over 30 miles away from Coventry, and the Ricoh Arena's capacity is significantly more than Sixfields at over 30,000.

It's expected that a statement will be released later today confirming that an agreement has been reached for the Sky Blues to head home.

Secret talks have been held between lawyers acting on behalf of Sisu, the club's owners, and ACL, who manage the Ricoh Arena.

Northampton Town could also be due a compensation payment as part of the conditions drawn up when the two clubs signed a groundshare deal.

Sources suggest that Coventry City could return to their home ground as early as September.

Read more: Coventry City play their 'home' games in Northampton

Winger Kaid Mohamed seals Northampton Town loan switch

Kaid Mohamed celebrates scoring for Cheltenham Town.
Kaid Mohamed celebrates scoring for Cheltenham Town. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed Port Vale winger Kaid Mohamed on a season long loan deal.

The 29-year-old had a stint at Bristol Rovers last season, but was unable to prevent the Gas from being relegated to The Conference.

Mohamed has also played for the likes of Cheltenham Town and AFC Wimbledon during his career.

Toney's award: Youngster gets new deal from Cobblers

Ivan Toney Credit: PA

Teenage Striker Ivan Toney has signed a new and improved contract to stay with Northampton Town.

The 18 year old Northampton-born Academy product scored three goals in the last two games of last season.

His new deal that will keep him at Sixfields until June 2017.

Chris Wilder paid tribute to the youngster, he said:

"Everyone saw the impact Ivan made at the end of the season and we were keen to tie him down to a longer deal.

"He has still got a long way to go and Ivan knows that competition for places will be tough next season, but if he keeps working hard and progressing he could have a very bright future in the game."

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Hackett extends stay at Sixfields with new two year deal

Northampton Town midfielder Chris Hackett has signed a new two-year-deal with the club.

The 31-year-old said he was delighted to extend his stay with the Cobblers.

Speaking on the club website Chris Wilder said:

"I am really pleased Chris has decided to stay with us. He is one of the most effective attacking players at this level and as I have said before, when he plays well, we play well."

More on this story on the club website.

Striker Marc Richards rejoins Northampton Town

Marc Richards is back at Sixfields.
Marc Richards is back at Sixfields. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have completed the signing of former striker Marc Richards on a three-year contract.

The 31-year-old opted to re-sign for the Cobblers after turning down a new deal with League Two champions Chesterfield.

Richards played over 50 games during his first spell at Sixfields, before he left to join Barnsley in 2005.

Zander Diamond joins Northampton Town on permanent deal

Zander Diamond in action for Burton Albion.
Zander Diamond in action for Burton Albion. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed on loan defender Zander Diamond on a permanent deal.

The 28-year-old will sign a three-year contract at Sixfields when his contract with Burton Albion expires next month.

Scottish centre-back Diamond joined the Cobblers in February, and played 14 games to help Chris Wilder's side avoid relegation from League Two.

Northampton Town boss Chris Wilder: "It's going to take something special to stop us"

Chris Wilder is confident the Cobblers will survive.
Chris Wilder is confident the Cobblers will survive. Credit: PA

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder is confident his team can take the final step to secure their Football League safety on Saturday.

Having moved out of the bottom two in League Two last weekend, the Cobblers need only a point to ensure survival.

Oxford United stand between Northampton Town and survival.
Oxford United stand between Northampton Town and survival. Credit: PA

Their final game is against Wilder's old club Oxford United.

But the Cobblers' boss insists the opposition on Saturday at Sixfields doesn't matter.

"Whether it's Oxford, Scunthorpe, Rochdale or anybody, we really do fancy our chances of winning a game of football," he said.

"And we've got a real drive and desire to finish the job off. It's going to take something special to stop us."

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