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Last Updated: Monday, 13 June, 2005, 16:32 GMT 17:32 UK
Sky Blues have contingency plans
Coventry chairman Mike McGinnity
Coventry are still hoping to play their first three games away next season while their new stadium is completed.

But chairman Mike McGinnity has two contingency plans in case the Football League do not sanction his proposal.

"Our second plan is when the fixtures come out, we negotiate with the team we're due to play at home to see if we can get the fixture switched," he said.

"Thirdly, if we have to look for an alternative venue for our home games - we'll put it to a fans' vote."

The club recently learned that the new Ricoh Arena will not be ready until 30 August, hence Coventry's request.

"There have been two precedents set by other clubs who were allowed to play games away from home because their new stadium was not ready," added McGinnity.

"First off was Bolton - although that was a ruling by the Premier League.

"And secondly Stoke were allowed to play three games away from home by the Football League in 1997.

"If they were allowed to do it, I don't see any reason we can't."


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