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Can the Sky Blues still play at the Ricoh Arena?

Last week it was confirmed that Coventry City will be playing their homes games at Birmingham City’s, St Andrews.

However, it turns out that the Sky Blues will be allowed to move back to the Ricoh Arena if the clubs owners, Sisu and Ricoh Arena tenants, Wasps agree a deal.

It was revealed that both parties are still in negotiations over an improved deal. As well as telling supporters that their are only a few terms that both Sisu and Wasps can’t agree on, which is the only reason why the club are not there.

However, Coventry City manager, Marks Robins believes that the Ricoh Arena is for the football club and a rugby team from London have no right to play there.

The Sky Blues gaffer said, “It is a complete and utter disgrace that the Ricoh Arena, which again, was built as the home of Coventry City Football Club, is owned by a Rugby Club that has its roots in Buckinghamshire.

“How can that happen?

“Coventry is ‘City of Sport’ in 2019 – this is an absolute joke.”

He also praised Birmingham for letting the club fulfil their fixtures, “I would like to thank Birmingham City Football Club for their support in helping us to make sure we fulfil our fixtures and exist. Our first priority was to keep the Club going and we have done that.”

For Coventry City now it’s up for the clubs owners to bring the club back to Coventry as soon as possible. When will that happen, who knows?

3 managers who could replace harry Redknapp

Birmingham City have parted company with manager harry Redknapp following a 1-3 home defeat at the hands of Preston North End. The defeat left the club on a run of six straight defeats in all competitions, and with six defeats in eight league matches which left ‘The Blues’ languishing in 23rd place in the Championship table. 

Following the departure of Harry Redknapp we take a look at 3 possible replacements that could be sitting in the hot seat for next Saturday’s trip to Derby County.

David Moyes

The Scotsman has been without a job since resigning from his post as Sunderland manager, following the clubs relegation from the Premier League in May 2017. Having started his managerial career with Preston North End, Moyes led the club to the Football League First Division play-offs in 2001 but missed out on promotion to the Premier League losing to Bolton 3-0 in the final.

The following season saw Moyes join Everton, where most say were his best years in management. Leading the club to UEFA cup football in 2007 as well as transforming the Merseyside outfit from a team that were competing near the bottom of the Premier League to a team that were consistently in the top half.

In May 2013 following Alex Ferguson announcing his retirement from Manchester United, the worlds media was informed that David Moyes would be Ferguson’s successor in the United hot seat. Following a turbulent few months in the job, it was announced that Moyes had been sacked by the ‘Red Devils’ as results on the pitch were not good enough.

Moyes then went onto manage Real Sociedad in Spain but lasted just short of a year in the post, before moving to Sunderland where unfortunately he couldn’t keep the side in the Premier League in the 2016-2017 season. The day after it was confirmed they had been relegated, it was announced that Moyes had resigned from his post and would leave the football club.

Alan Pardew

Having managed 6 clubs in his managerial career, including the likes of Reading, West Ham, Charlton, Newcastle and Crystal Palace, Pardew could be seen as a good appointment to the Birmingham hot seat.

Having had success at Championship level when he led West Ham to the Premier League via the play-offs in the 2004-2005 season, Pardew went onto to lead the ‘Hammers’ to the UEFA Cup. Following defeat at the hands of Palermo in the first round and coupled with the defeat to Chesterfield in the League Cup it was announced in December 2006 that Pardew had been sacked by the club.

He then went on to manage Charlton and Southampton respectively, where when managing Southampton he led the club to Football League Trophy Success in 2010, the clubs first trophy since 1976, before the club parted company with him five months later.

He then went onto manage Newcastle United, where he was manager for 4 years, before Crystal Palace came calling for him following the sacking of Neil Warnock and Pardew agreed to to join the London outfit.

After just 6 wins in 36 games in 2016 and the club in 17th position in the Premier League, Pardew was relieved of his duties by chairman Steve Parish.

Ryan Giggs

A name that always seems to pop up in recent times when a manager is relieved of his duties is former Manchester United hero Ryan Giggs. Although he has no previous managerial experience, Giggs could be a terrific appointment for Birmingham City as he has won everything that there is a player with the ‘Red Devils’.

He was recently linked with the jobs at Nottingham Forest and Swansea City to name a few, but has yet to dip his toe in management. Having played under Sir Alex Ferguson and having been assistant to Louis Van Goal the dutchman tenure at Old Trafford, he has certainly learnt from two managers who have been there and done it, and this experience could lead him in good stead for his managerial career.

Birmingham City fans who do you want to see in the hot seat next? Would you like to see another experienced manager or a younger manager? Let us know in the comments…