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PUSB: 'From the Boardroom' versus Notts County

Programme notes from Saturday's season opener...

7 August 2017

After each matchday programme, we will be publishing the 'From the Boardroom' article on our website.

On Saturday's season opener against Notts County, Coventry City Chairman Tim Fisher wrote the column and his article is published below:

"Good afternoon and welcome to our game against Notts County today.

I would like to welcome all Sky Blues fans back on this opening day of the season, and also welcome fans, players and staff from The Magpies.

The opening day of the season is always a special day for any football fan, as we all look forward to what we hope will be a successful campaign for us.

The Board, Mark Robins and his staff have worked hard during the Summer to bring in footballers who have the experience, physicality and mentality to succeed in League 2. The recruitment has targeted players with both a tough mentality and character. The rigorous pre-season has pushed the players’ physicality.

Indeed, there has been much hard work on the training field during pre-season, which is a very important time for the squad. It has been a successful period and we are pleased that, with the exception of Ryan Haynes, there have been no major injuries.

Off the field there has been a restructuring, with some members of staff who have given the club tremendous service sadly leaving us. I would like to place on record my thanks for their commitment to the club.

The owners of the football club have decided to appeal against the judgement of the High Court made on Friday 14th July. The club and its staff remain focused on the day-to-day running of the club, and working with Wasps/ACL to ensure the smooth operation of our matchday at the Ricoh Arena.

We were very pleased to extend the Academy agreement at the Alan Higgs Centre. It was hugely important for us to secure the immediate future of what is the lifeblood of this club.

Their achievements last season, with the Under 18s winning their division and reaching the national final, further illustrated the talent we have coming through the system here at Coventry. This has again been proved with Under 16s player Charlie McCann appearing for England last week.

The new home and away kits have been extremely well received. When we decided to get feedback from fans, an all Sky Blue home kit was (understandably!) the clear favourite, and that has been shown in sales to date. The latest Sky Blues in the Community holiday courses have been busy and full of children in the new kit – both of which bode very well for the future of the club.

We have also been fully behind another community project in the 2021 City of Culture campaign. We were very pleased to learn Coventry has made the shortlist, and add our congratulations to everyone involved in getting to this stage.

Finally, I’d like to thank you for being here today to support the team in this opening day game, and I hope you all enjoy the match. "

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