Bosses at Northampton Town have spoken of their "surprise" at a decision by the board of Arena Coventry Ltd (ACL) to withdraw a pending lawsuit - and demanded compensation for legal fees.
ACL announced in July it would be suing the club for effectively 'stealing' their customer, Coventry City.
A statement released by The Cobblers reveals the news that ACL were to withdraw their legal action was released before lawyers had even told the club.
As well as demanding their legal fees be covered, bosses said they also expected an apology.
We were surprised to read the latest press release from ACL's PR consultants. To our knowledge, ACL have not withdrawn their action though they are fully aware that we intend to ask the court to strike it out as an abuse of process.We defended ourselves robustly as it was clear from the very beginning that this action had no legal merit nor factual basis.
– Northampton Town Football Club
ACL appear to have belatedly realised that there is no basis for this action.However, ACL's aggressive and bullying tactics have meant that NTFC has had to incur substantial legal fees as well as waste a good deal of management time. If ACL really does want to withdraw its action, we expect to be fully compensated for these costs.
We would also expect ACL to apologise to the club and its supporters for seeking to intimidate us in this way.