Phoenix League front runner kicked out of his club

Last updated : 30 January 2002 By Tony Scholes

At one of the regular demonstrations there were even posters demanding his resignation being waved at windows INSIDE the executive areas within the Bob Lord Stand. It makes you wonder sometimes whether a chairman can be ousted at all or whether you just have to sit tight and wait.

The answer is YES and today the Coventry City fans will be celebrating as Bryan Richardson has been forced out of the chair at Highfield Road. Richardson of course was one of those holding secret talks in an attempt to form the Phoenix League behind the backs of most, there were suggestions that along with Mr. Pompous at Bradford he was one of the main players.

He also upset his own players earlier in the season when he dared to suggest that a potential PFA strike would enable him to sack some of the players, it was these remarks that won Mr. Richardson the Clarets Mad Tw*t of the Week Award in Week 4.

So the fans don't like him and the players don't like him but that has been the case at many football clubs over the years and nothing has happened. What has happened though is the fact that the other directors at Coventry have had enough of him, so much so that in a no confidence vote yesterday Richardson couldn't count on the support of even one director. The motion was carried unanimously.

Following this he has tendered his resignation this morning as chairman and also from his position as Chief Executive. His place in the chair has been taken by Vice Chairman Mike McGinnity.

Coventry City have issued the following statement today,

"The board's dissatisfaction with Mr Richardson's role has been building for some time to the point where he had lost not only their confidence but the senior management as well.

"Beyond that the board are very conscious that Mr Richardson has also lost the support of the fans on whose continuing loyalty the success of the club depends. In this situation the board had no option but to ask for Mr Richardson's resignation.

"Mr McGinnity who has been deputy chairman at the club for the past eight years has agreed at the unanimous request of the board to become chairman and Mr McGinnity has declined any payment for his services.

McGinnity called for the club to move together on and off the field as they look to regain their Premiership status. "There are big improvements to be made and I am sure that with all of us working together we can achieve them."

There is not a lot for Clarets Mad to add to that but the fact that Richardson has been able to alienate himself from just about everyone at Coventry City speaks for itself. The game will not be any worse for his departure.