After Wasps and Coventry City owners Sisu failed to reach an agreement about ground-sharing next season, the football club have been forced to move, and their fans have not taken it well on Twitter.
The League One outfit will groundshare with Birmingham at St Andrew’s after these failed negotiations. Wasps bought the Ricoh Arena in 2014 and since then have leased the ground to Coventry.
In a statement, Wasps said: “Talks began in April and we entered those discussions in good faith. Since then we have been working to get that deal over the line and we did not halt discussions even when it emerged that the owners had filed a complaint to the European Commission as far back as February but not informed us of that.”
Furthermore, the two-time European champions added: “The club wanted to stay at Ricoh Arena, we wanted them to remain here and all supporters’ groups wanted to secure their future here. This is a very sad day for Coventry.”
The Ricoh had been Coventry’s home ground since it was built in 2005, and it is understandable that the fans have not taken kindly to this news, seeing as Wasps only relocated from High Wycombe in 2014.
This is what the Coventry fans have said:
Please just leave Coventry! Your whole organisation is not legitimate, you have now ruined what mr had done with the fans and Coventry City. Go back to Wycombe ASAP ??
Thanks everyone from Coventry
— Ben clay (@ben292clay) June 7, 2019
What was once an amicable and beneficial relationship between the two clubs has clearly gone very sour, and it is understandable that the Coventry fans feel very aggrieved with what has transpired.
Wasps’ time at High Wycombe ended with some very dark days, where the club came perilously close to going into administration. Since the move to the Ricoh Arena, Dai Young’s team have bounced back and have been able to lure some of the biggest names in world rugby to their team such as Willie Le Roux and Kurtley Beale.
While their fortunes have not been mirrored by Coventry’s, Wasps fans will surely not be pleased with what has happened either.
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