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PUSB: 'From The Board' versus Preston North End

1 September 2022

Club News

PUSB: 'From The Board' versus Preston North End

1 September 2022

After each matchday programme this season, we publish the regular column from the Coventry City board on our website. You can read Coventry City Chief Executive Dave Boddy's column from our game against Preston North End below:

Good evening and welcome back to the Coventry Building Society Arena as we face Preston North End in the Sky Bet Championship tonight, in what is our long-awaited first home game of the season.

I would also like to welcome the players, staff, fans and officials who join us from Preston for the game tonight, and in particular Peter Risdale, who in his role as an EFL board Championship representative has shown great support of our Club in recent weeks. I would also like to thank the EFL officers and directors for their support, guidance and understanding over the last few weeks.

The postponements of home games over recent weeks have been very difficult for everyone associated with Coventry City, and most of all for our supporters. The first home game of the season is always one which is always highly anticipated and the extended and unexpected wait is not one which anyone wanted.

The pitch work and improvements that have enabled us to return to action here at the Coventry Building Society Arena were essential, and it is regrettable that the pitch situation led to the postponement of three home league games. We are very sorry to supporters for the inconvenience and disruption that this caused to the start of our season.

Much was said publicly and privately regarding the situation. At times it was not possible to keep fans as updated as we normally have done over the last few years, due to a number of factors, parties and also procedures we have to abide by in postponement situations, which was frustrating for all of us.

This evening sees the Sky Blue Army return to the Arena again and I know that you will be in full voice in your support of Mark Robins and the team. The backing from the stands last campaign was a huge part of what we were able to achieve and undoubtedly spurred the team on.

Unfortunately, our Executive Boxes are unavailable to us tonight due to a long standing booking made by the Arena. Last Monday, we did not have either lounges or boxes available to us, and we have worked with the Arena and the event organizer to minimise disruption wherever possible. We had been working since July, when the clash was communicated to us, until last Friday in our attempts to resolve this (and was successful in getting some lounges returned to us) but once it was clear Boxes could not be freed up to us, we communicated this to Box holders. We are very sorry to them for the inconvenience that this has caused to them and their guests tonight.

Over the weekend, the Club accepted a transfer bid for Dom Hyam. Dom has been a tremendous servant to the Club and will continue to hold a place in the affections of fans, and we thank him for everything he has done for the Club since 2017, having been part of a number of successful sides coming from League Two to the Championship with us. The decision of the Club’s board to accept the bid for Dom was very difficult and one which I know was not taken lightly. While it is never easy, it must be remembered that player trading has always been part of the model which has got us to this point and as such we have not sold a player since Sam McCallum’s move to Norwich City in January 2020.

It is important to also state that we can only confirm a transfer in or out to fans once that transfer is formally completed – regardless of media speculation or posts on social media, and we realise that can be frustrating at times for fans.  

The transfer window closes on Thursday night. Having added four players to the squad this Summer, we are currently working hard to bring in a replacement for Dom and will look at other options as well until the window closes, as we look to fulfil our aims as a Club and Mark Robins’ aims for the season ahead and maximise the resources we have available to us.

Over the last five years we have achieved a great deal, from League Two to now our third consecutive year in the Championship with record Season Ticket and kit sales.  Despite the difficulties of recent weeks, I want to reassure fans that all of the staff here at the Club are hugely dedicated to fighting and working hard for this Football Club and to making it as successful as it can possibly be. We have shown over the last five years what can be achieved when the Club, its players, staff and supporters are all united together in a common goal.

It remains for me to hope that you have an enjoyable evening here at the Coventry Building Society Arena and we look forward to another exciting home campaign, where your support, and the noise and atmosphere that you create, is always vital to the team’s performance.

Dave Boddy

Chief Executive

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