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Mowbray to become new Coventry manager - reports

Tony Mowbray has agreed to become Coventry City's next manager, reports suggest this evening.

Tony Mowbray is set to replace Steven Pressley according to reports Credit: PA

Terms have been verbally agreed and Mowbray will travel down tomorrow to sign on the dotted line and be unveiled as the Sky Blues boss, the Coventry Telegraph reported.

The former West Brom, Celtic and Middlesbrough manager has been locked in talks with club officials most of today, according to the newspaper.

More: Coventry City part company with manager Steven Pressley

Coventry City fans snap up 1,000 extra tickets

Coventry City fans have snapped up all 1,000 extra tickets for the Sky Blues' first game back at the Ricoh Arena - less than three hours after they went on sale.

But fans who have yet to get their hands on a seat for tomorrow's match against Gillingham have one last chance, as unclaimed season ticket seats will become available from 6.30am.

Supporters can buy a maximum of two per person from the Coventry City superstore website, and they will be available to collect from 3pm from the shop or from 5pm at the arena.


Huge demand expected for Coventry City tickets ahead of Ricoh return

The Ricoh Arena in Coventry where Coventry City will play against Gillingham on Friday 5th September. Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Coventry City fans will be hoping to secure a seat at the Ricoh Arena for the club's first home game of the season, back in Coventry. Tickets go on sale this morning (9:30am) for the home fixture against Gillingham next Friday.

It comes after a deal was reached to allow the club to return to the Ricoh Arena. The Sky Blues have played all their home fixtures for more than a year at Sixfields in Northampton after a row over rent at the Ricoh.

The club said it was expecting to see a huge demand for tickets for the return fixture.

"We really want to show the footballing world that Coventry City Football Club is back in the city and what this means to the people of Coventry. We need the fans more than ever now to get behind Steven Pressley and his team for our first game back and throughout the season and that is why we have set prices so low.

– Steve Waggott, Development Director, CCFC

Tickets for the Gillingham game for adults will be £10.

The Coventry City stadium row explained

A judge has ruled that Coventry City Council did not act irrationally by loaning more than £14million of taxpayers' money to the company which runs the city's Ricoh Arena - a company in which the council itself is a shareholder.

The loan was needed after SISU, the owners of Coventry City Football Club, stopped paying rent on the stadium, saying it was too high. SISU claimed in court the council loan was equivalent to state aid, and was unlawful. Andy Bevan reports.


Council buying Ricoh mortgage not costing taxpayer

Coventry City Council says their purchase of the mortgage for the Ricoh Arena is not costing the taxpayer any money.

The leader of the council, Ann Lucas, says they are effectively the bankers for Arena Coventry Ltd, who own the ground, so they are making money on the loan given to them to keep the stadium running.

Fans statement following stadium ruling

Supporters group the Sky Blue Trust are calling on both the football club and Coventry City Council to put their differences aside and move forward together.

In their statement they urge everyone to stop wasting time, energy and money.

Read: Coventry City FC will appeal stadium decision ruling

Following Justice Hickinbottom's High Court ruling that Coventry City Councils decision to lend ACL 14.4m was not unlawful, we urge all sides in this unfortunate, bitter and unproductive dispute to put it and all past differences aside and to move forward together.

Stop wasting time, energy and money on legal actions and to start working together to find a solution that ensures the Sky Blues kick off the new season at the Ricoh Arena..

There are no winners in this sorry saga only losers, especially the supporters of Coventry City FC. For the sake of these long suffering fans bring our team home to Coventry now.

– The Sky Blue Trust statement

Coventry City Council 'delighted' with stadium ruling

Coventry City Council say they're 'delighted' that a judge has found that claims they behaved irrationally by loaning the owners of the Ricoh stadium millions of taxpayers money were totally invalid.

Read: Coventry City FC will appeal stadium loan decision

We are delighted that the judge has found the claimants’ grounds for bringing the JR are totally invalid.

The decision was taken in order to protect an important asset – the Ricoh Arena – which belongs to the people of Coventry. We had no choice about defending this decision in the courts..

We have taken no pleasure in finding ourselves in court defending our decision and in having to spend council taxpayers money defending a legal challenge from SISU. We have always wanted to see the Sky Blues playing back at the Ricoh, the club’s rightful home.

Our door remains open – to the football club, to anyone who wants to talk to us about the future of the Ricoh Arena. We will always listen, and make our choices based on what’s best for the city, not on what works for the interests of one group.

– Coventry City Council statement

Coventry City FC say they will appeal stadium decision

Coventry City Football Club say they will appeal the judge's ruling that the council's decision to provide a £14.4 million loan of taxpayers money to the owners of the Ricoh Arena was not irrational.

The Club's owners claimed the loan from Coventry City Council amounted to unlawful state aid and they shouldn't have agreed the deal.

The football club and its owners believe that the loan, which exceeded the value of the stadium by almost 200%, was neither lawful nor in the interests of the supporters, taxpayers, stadium operators or the Club.

ACL will now remain burdened with debt for the next 43 years, removing any prospect of a long term return to the stadium by the Club. With this level of debt there is no realistic prospect of any sports franchise or ACL being able to generate sufficient revenue to be commercially viable.

We will apply for leave to appeal this decision."

– Coventry City Football Club statement
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