Coventry City Football Club will today discover whether it will face the usual 10 point deduction from the Football Association.
The news comes just days after Coventry City FC Limited entered administration and one day after Arena Coventry Limited (ACL) withdrew its application for an administration order.
Coventry City are currently 10th in League One and crucially, only five points away from the playoff positions. While a points deduction is unlikely to result in relegation from the league, it would end all homes of promotion back to the Championship this season.
Paul Appleton, managing partner at David Rubin & Partners has been selected as the administrator handling the case.
In a statement issued to the media late last night, Appleton said there are obvious concerns from the fans around the club’s ability to fulfill its remaining fixtures and relating to the prospect of a 10-point deduction by the Football League.
He explained: “While CCFCL – which was the tenant under the terms of the lease and licence to occupy the Ricoh Arena – is in administration, Coventry City Football Club (Holdings) Limited is not and will continue to run as normal under its existing management.
“There has been much speculation following the decision by the club to withdraw its staff from the Ricoh Arena last Friday that the club would be forced to ground-share for the rest of the season.”
Appleton said he understood there is a scenario where a compromise between the club and ACL remains a possibility. If, in my position as administrator, I can help mediate between the two sides, then that is something I am happy to do. That is my message to both parties.
“As for the possibility of a 10-point deduction, that all depends on who holds the Golden Share which allows the Club to play in the Football League.
“CCFC (Holdings) Ltd believe they hold the Golden Share and, as they are not in Administration, should not be deducted 10 points.
“The Football League believes the Golden Share rests with CCFC Ltd which would potentially mean points being docked.”