Fans turn the spotlight on ownership in England

Former England and Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard will not take over the helm at MK Dons, who face Coventry on Saturday Picture: Creative Commons

Former England and Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard will not take over the helm at MK Dons, who face Coventry on Saturday
Picture: Creative Commons

 

By Matthew Beedle

Coventry City fans have planned to stage a protest before their team host MK Dons at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.

The Sky Blues sit 20th in the League One table and supporters will march outside the stadium in black in a mock funeral procession as they mark the “death of the club”.

The fans are unhappy with the running of the club by owners Sisu and have also drawn up mock obituaries for Wimbledon following the rebranding of the club to visitors MK Dons.

Similar protests have taken place before at Leeds United and Charlton Athletic as the spotlight is being shone on football ownership in England .

On the pitch, Coventry caretaker manager Mark Venus will be without duo Jamie Sterry and Marvin Sordell when they welcome MK Dons to the Ricoh Arena.

The pair picked up their fifth bookings of the season during the Sky Blues’ 1-0 away defeat at Bolton in midweek and will serve one match suspensions.

This adds to the list of Coventry players that are side lined through injury and will give Venus a selection dilemma.

Despite this the caretaker boss, who is looking for his first win at the fifth time of asking,  told the Coventry Telegraph it will give him chance to add fresh legs.

He said: “Jamie and Marvin are both suspended, so we’ll have to rotate the squad.”

On the other hand MK Dons sit in the relegation zone and are still without a manager after the club sacked Karl Robinson. The Milton Keynes club were in talks with former Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard but he felt the opportunity came too soon.

The visitors will be looking for a miracle as they search for their first win in eight games having not won since their 2-0 away win at Oldham Athletic.

The last time the two sides met at the Ricoh Arena was in February 2015 and Coventry came out with a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Chris Stokes and Dominic Samuel.

 

 

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