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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Talks Ricoh Arena Return

City confirmed their return last week...

15 March 2021

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins expressed the importance of returning to the Ricoh Arena at the start of next season.

City will return to Coventry and the Ricoh Arena at the start of the 2021/22 campaign for the first time since 2019 when the Sky Blues faced Shrewsbury Town.

Robins spoke to the press earlier today and he spoke about the excitement within the club at the news which broke last week.

It’s massively important for everybody, I think most of all for the supporters; it means that they haven’t spent that long away from the Ricoh in real terms although that’s still too long two years but in terms of attendance they’ve not been attending this year, so it means their going to go back to our home.

“Everybody’s excited, everyone knows that there’s a hell of a lot of work gone into it and a lot of people have put a lot of time into it.

“I think a lot of credit goes to all those people and I think that Dave Boddy and Stephan Vaughan are two that should get a huge pat on the back, but its not just those two, there’s a lot of people behind them that have done that.

“I think the mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street has been involved in a big way as has his office, I think with Dave Boddy, Stephan Vaughan, Mr Richardson the owner over at Wasps and Joy Seppala they’ve all been involved to a huge degree and to get this agreement is huge for the football club.

“The big thing is you park everything that gone on in the past focus on the future and the future is really bright. If you co-operate, and we’ve got co-operation with a big organisation really and there’s grounds to be really happy and optimistic.”

Not only will it be the Sky Blues that return to the Ricoh Arena, but all being well and good, City will hope to welcome back supporters.

City have been without the support of fans in grounds since March 2020 and the opportunity to welcome them back in August is something Robins is hopeful of.

“I think we have been imagining it for a long time believe me.

“I think it will be emotional and I think it will be a brilliant step forward for the club and I think it’s testament to the work Dave Boddy does for this football club.

“I’ve got to heap praise on Dave because he’s been absolutely outstanding and for somebody in that position to have overseen the rise of the club to this point and the people that work here, and it it’s a small team as I keep saying and they have all worked really hard to get the club to this point.

“So, every bit of adulation every pat on the back is thoroughly deserved because it’s such a difficult negotiation to have undertaken and for it to have been as successful as it has been, is testament to the people involved and Dave Boddy needs a special mention.”

Despite all the excitement surrounding the return to the Ricoh, Robins wasn’t get carried away with the job at hand for the Sky Blues.

“We don’t move our focus, yes we are really excited to get back to the Ricoh and play our football there, but we don’t need any incentives it’s there for everybody and it’s like I’ve said many times before just because people want something to happen, I don’t think it means it’s always the case.

“I think that are good enough and performances have been at a really good level most of the season, and I think that we’ll be fine as long as we keep focussed on performances.”


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