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'I cannot change the past' - Joy Seppala

26 April 2014

Read an excerpt of Coventry City owner Joy Seppala's exclusive interview in today's matchday programme PUSB

Owner Joy Seppala has spoken exclusively to our official matchday programme PUSB. Read an excerpt of the interview below with the full version available in PUSB which can be purchased from Sixfields for today's home tie with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

"If I had known then what I know now, we would certainly have done things differently. Sadly, everything always looks clear with the benefit of hindsight. I say this by way of explanation not excuse.
"I cannot change the past, but players, management, supporters and investors can shape the future. I take my share of the responsibility for where we are and it is time for others to set aside personal and political ambitions and do what is right, not what is convenient and popular.
"Every political, economic and sports pundit agrees that Coventry City must own its stadium. The club must benefit from every element of revenue generated and that money we must be used to fund the team – from the Academy to the first team.
"We are moving forward with plans to build a stadium. As many fans have pointed out is seems absurd to build a new stadium when there is a perfectly good, purpose-built stadium already in Coventry.
"The ownership control and management of the Ricoh Arena is manacled by multiplicity of diverse interests – political and economic.
"Whether because of ideology, ignorance, ambition or politics, the refusal to complete the restructure based on heads of agreement we signed in 2012 and the subsequent rejection of the CVA, forced the club to leave the stadium and start the season on minus ten points, testing the mettle of supporters, investors, players and managers to the limit."

- Joy Seppala

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