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Mowbray signs new two-year deal at Coventry City

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray has signed a new two-year deal with the club.

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray Credit: PA Wire/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mowbray joined the Sky Blues in March on a short-term contract and guided the club to League One safety.

He will now start work on next year's campaign after extensive talks with the club's owners and board.


Wasps to replace much-criticised pitch at the Ricoh Arena ahead of Coventry City's next home match

Coventry City's pitch has been criticised by the club's manager Credit: Jon Buckle/EMPICS Sport

Wasps have announced plans to lay a temporary new pitch at the Ricoh Arena ahead of Coventry City's next home game.

The pitch has been much-criticised by a number of visiting teams and even by the Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley.

It's difficult to play in the manner that I want my team to play in on that pitch. The standard of the pitch is so poor.

In fact, at this moment in time, the Ricoh Arena pitch is probably the worst in the entire Football League.

– Steven Pressley, Coventry City manager (speaking in November)
Steven Pressley has called the pitch the worst in the Football League Credit: Jon Buckle/PA Archive/Press Association Images
Wasps will play their first match on 21 December at the Ricoh Arena Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Wasps say they will fully relay the pitch over the summer in order to be ready for the 2015/16 season.

The club's subsidiary ACL (Arena Coventry Ltd), which owns 50% of the stadium, will fund the temporary replacement.

The surface is expected to be ready in time for Coventry's next home game against Fleetwood Town on 20 December.

We are not willing to compromise on the quality of the playing surface and recognise that this issue needs to be addressed now, so we have provided the best temporary solution available to us.

– Nick Eastwood, Wasps Chief Executive

Wasps' match will be on 21 December against London Irish following their purchase of 50% of the stadium.


Fans scramble for precious CCFC Ricoh tickets

The queue outside the Ricoh Superstore as fans queue for tickets to CCFC's first home game in more than a year Credit: Andy Harris

Hundreds of fans are scrambling to get tickets to Coventry City's match against Gillingham next week.

The club has been playing its home games at Northampton for over a year, and fans are desperate to be present for the Sky Blues' long-awaited homecoming.

People have been queueing to buy tickets since 3am this morning, and the line is stretching back from the kiosk through the car park.

Meanwhile, those fans who have opted to purchase tickets online are facing long delays as the website struggles to cope with demand.

The football club say the site is still functioning, but that fans will have to be patient. They are also answering as many phone calls as possible.

Team kit stolen in Coventry City store ram-raid

The Coventry City football store was the scene of a ram-raid last night, with initial enquiries suggesting a Ford Focus reversed through the windows before a "large number" of the club's home and away strips were stolen.

Police were alerted to the raid at the unit on the Gallagher retail park shortly before 9.45pm last night.

Detective Sergeant Jon Fanti, from Coventry Police, said:

Initial inquiries suggest that around four people were inside the Ford Focus with four more travelling on two motorbikes.

The car sustained extensive rear end damage and the exhaust was torn off by the force of the collision.

I’m asking that anyone who may have seen the car or two motorbikes before or after the burglary to in touch.

Among the kits stolen were 16 of the new white away shirts size XXXXL. If you’re offered one of these at a price which it too good to be true, you need to think about how that person came by them and what they’ll be doing with your hard earned cash.

CCTV footage which may have captured the burglars in action has been secured.

Meanwhile forensic scene investigators are scouring the store for clues while the investigation continues.

Ex Coventry City man calls for face-to-face meeting with Sky Blues' boss

Ex Coventry City player and manager Bobby Gould has called for a face-to-face meeting with the Sky Blues' boss.

Last night, supporters held another protest, ahead of their 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat to Cardiff City, in the ongoing row over the Ricoh Arena. It has led to the club playing their home matches in Northampton.

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FT: Coventry City 1 - 2 Cardiff City

Coventry City's Danny Swanson holds off Cardiff City's Joe Ralls Credit: PA

Coventry City lost 2-1 in their Capital One Cup tie against Cardiff City this evening.

Cardiff went ahead with an early goal in the fourth minute by Guido Burgstaller.

An own goal by Coventry's Ryan Haynes put the Welsh side into a two goal lead, but just minutes later his cross was met by Shaun Miller, who secured a consolation goal for Coventry.

Coventry City protest over their location of 'home' matches Credit: ITV News

Prior to the the match supporters from both sides held a joint protest, claiming they have been let down by the football authorities.

Coventry's concerns remain about the ongoing row with the owners of the Ricoh arena, with the club's home games still being played 35 miles away in Northampton.

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