Confusion surrounding the legal status of Coventry RFC Ltd, the city’s troubled Championship rugby club, came to an end today (Friday) when the club’s affairs were placed into the hands of joint administrators John Kelly and Bob Maxwell of corporate recovery specialists Begbies Traynor.
Begbies Traynor regional managing partner John Kelly said his immediate task would be to assess whether the club has enough funds to continue. “We are aware the November salaries were not paid and we will be doing all we can to attract future funds into the club. There are a number of commercial activities at the club which should all go ahead", he said.
Mr Kelly acknowledged the co-operation of the bank and Coventry City Council, which enabled the appointment to be made and the game against Bedford today to take place at the Ricoh Arena.
John Kelly is no stranger to the club having dealt with it many years ago when it was an unincorporated club.
He said he will be talking to the RFU about continued support and he is anxious to hear from anyone who may be interested in funding the club in the future either in whole or in part.
“In the meantime, supporters can help the club by not only attending future games but bringing along extra supporters,” he said.
Neil Jeeves joined Begbies Traynor as Partner in October 2018. He is responsible for leading new cases and developing the growth of the Birmingham office with his extensive regional business contacts and on‐the ground knowledge.
Neil has more than 15 years’ experience working in the insolvency industry, having previously worked as the head of the Midlands and South West regions at Wilson Field.
Outside of work, Neil enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and is an avid Aston Villa football supporter.