Coventry City are set to start the forthcoming League One season at Northampton Town's Sixfields Stadium, the Coventry Telegraph has revealed.

Sixfields Stadium, in the Sixfields area of Northamptonshire, is a 7,653 all-seater that the Cobblers have called home since a move in 1994.

It is understood that the groundshare will last at least three years, as the Sky Blues search for a new home after leaving the Ricoh Arena after excessive rent demands forced the club into further financial peril.

As part of the club's long-term plan, managing director Tim Fisher plans to lead the club back to Coventry in the future, after the completion of a new stadium development within the city.

This move would see the Coventry City Council, the current owners of the Ricoh Arena left with a large sky blue elephant to shift. The club is expected to be named as the preferred candidate for a site which could play host to the club's new home.

Should the ground-share be ratified by the Football League panel meeting today, then the club would face Bristol City at Sixfields on August 10, in their first home game of the campaign.

The club had previously held talks with fellow Midlands club Walsall, but talks broke down after the Saddlers raised concerns about the potential impact upon the existing facilities.

Protests were led by supporters of the former Premier League side last Saturday, who gathered at the Ricoh Arena before campaigning for the club to remain in the city.

Fans of the Sky Blues have launched an online petition to 'Keep City in Coventry', which has amassed over 11,000 signatures.

 

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