|[05 AUG 98] RUGBY
Fairbrother Confident Of Start
Former England star Keith Fairbrother, the
new chairman of cash-strapped Coventry rugger club, says he is confident the club will
sign enough players to start the new season's fixtures.
Fairbrother heads a consortium which bought the club from
the Receiver. Coventry, one of the oldest and best rugger clubs in England, went bust
owing £2.3 million.
But Fairbrother, who played more than 200 games for the club and was capped 12 times by
England, before switching to Rugby League, stepped in at the 11th hour with a rescue
He says he is confident livewire coaching director Derek Eves will stay and said Eves
was already negotiating wage deals with 18 players. Eves hoped to sign another ten players
and a full list would be issued in two weeks.
"Coming in cold as we have, Derek is our link to the players. He is considering
the new situation at the club and hopefully it will all work out."
Coventry's Coundon Road home has already been sold to developers but the new club will
play there for two more years. Fairbrother revealed that his consortium had already had
talks with a view to moving to the nearby council owned Butts Stadium - ironically the
proposal made by Coventry City soccer club in a merger plan which was rejected by the
rugger club membership two years ago.
Fairbrother said the new club would be run on a tight budget and he urged local rugby
fans to support the club at their home matches. The main club sponsor Peugeot had
indicated it would back the new set up.
The new chairman revealed that it had cost little to buy the debt-ridden Allied Dunbar
Second Division club, and he said that hopefully all the creditors would get the money
owed to them.
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