Football - Coventry keen to stay at Ricoh Arena

Coventry are currently in talks with the Football League over a location to play their three remaining home league fixtures this season but admit they would prefer to be able to remain at the Ricoh Arena.

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Arena Coventry Limited (ACL), meanwhile, have dismissed media reports of a `lock out' and insist they will not prevent the npower League One club from playing at the stadium.

It comes after the Sky Blues, owned by Sisu, on Thursday night placed a non-operating subsidiary of the club, Coventry City Football Club Limited, into administration - but insist it is business as usual as Coventry City Football Club (Holdings), which runs the football operation, operates as normal.

A High Court judge on Friday morning subsequently adjourned an application for an administration order made by ACL, who claim they are owed more than £1.3million in unpaid rent stretching back 12 months, until next Tuesday.

The subsidiary of the club placed in administration held the lease and licence for the Ricoh Arena, covering the permission to play home matches at the stadium as well as the rental of the now emptied club shop and offices - sparking speculation over where City will play their home fixtures.

But both parties have shed some light on developments. A statement on Coventry's official website read: "The club is currently in talks with the Football League over a number of issues, one being a location where the club can fulfil its three remaining home fixtures.

"Ideally, we would like to keep playing our home matches at the Ricoh if the stadium owners, Arena Coventry Ltd (ACL) will offer reasonable commercial terms. All we've ever asked for is an affordable rent with access to matchday revenues, like any other club. We hope these will be offered to us by ACL.

"We noted that the owners of the stadium, ACL, told the court they would be prepared to assist their proposed administrator 'with a partial (or possibly full) deferral' of the stadium rent and licence fee during the administration process.

"But following Thursday's decision to place Coventry City Football Club Limited into administration, ACL told the appointed administrators they would require the full rent and licence fee on the stadium to be paid.

"To reach an agreement with ACL to allow the club to move back and fulfil its fixtures at the Ricoh Arena, we would hope and expect ACL would extend the same terms to the club."

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