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Vice-chairman Gary Hoffman quits Coventry City board

Ray Ranson
Ranson and Sisu helped Coventry avoided administration in 2007

Coventry City chairman Ray Ranson has underlined his commitment to the club after vice-chairman Gary Hoffman quit the board of directors.

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire understands Hoffman stepped down because of disagreements about key decisions made at boardroom level.

Ranson said: "I'm very disappointed to see Gary leave. He's been a fantastic supporter of mine.

"I have a broad back and I knew what I was coming into."

He added: "It's been a fantastic challenge and one that I'm relishing going forward.

Hoffman's departure comes as the club's parent company Coventry City Football Club Holdings (Ltd) announced two additions to its board of directors, Ken Dulieu and Leonard Brody.

Dulieu has previously been involved in football having been chairman of League One Southampton and is currently chief executive of Capcon Holdings plc.

Brody meanwhile is president of Clarity Digital, which is a subsidiary of the United States-based sports and entertainment group Anschutz Corporation.

Hoffman is believed to have become disillusioned with the direction owners Sisu are taking the club and disappointed by the departure of a key number of players, most recently Connor Thomas.

The life-long City fan also persuaded Ranson to remain at the club following the sales of Scott Dann and Danny Fox in the summer of 2009.

Ranson, who has been at the helm for over three years, added: "That was a long time ago. I'm not denying the fact I've been disappointed with certain decisions.

"It's not about Ray Ranson, it's about Coventry City football club."

Last month local businessman John Clarke was appointed as a full director, with Joe Elliot stepping down from the board to take up the ambassadorial role of life president.

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