|The new Chairman of Coventry City, Mike McGinnity
says he doesn’t want to be involved in a public row with his
predecessor Bryan Richardson.
Richardson was given a vote of no-confidence by the rest of the
Sky Blues board at a dramatic unscheduled board meeting at Highfield
Road yesterday – a meeting that Richardson has described as “an
He was asked to resign as Chairman and Chief Executive, but later
said he had not done so and that, if the Coventry board wanted him
out, they must notify him.
Today, Mike McGinnity said that Richardson should not require any
further notification as he was present when the vote against him was
carried unanimously and he has received all the relevant documents,
both by fax and through the post.
“Yesterday’s board meeting was very difficult for all of us
as we have known and worked with Bryan for many years. We wanted
to allow him to leave with dignity and I certainly do not intend
to get involved in a degrading slanging match with him.
"I do not understand what he means when he says we need to
inform him about his situation as he was present throughout the
meeting and has written copies of all the actions taken, signed by
all members of the board.
"I now want this club to move forward and I have been
heartened and moved by the tremendous response I have already
personally received from many of our supporters.”
Asked what would happen if Bryan Richardson decided to attend
Saturday’s home match against Gillingham, McGinnity said:
“If Bryan is anticipating coming on Saturday, I think in the
best interests of everyone I would ask him to think again. What we
all need to do now is go forward for the good of this football
club – and I do mean all of us.”