Theres a lot of politics in this one. In my opinion, this rink was always unlikely to come good. Phoenix got backed into a corner following a two way squabble with their previous rink management and went after a project they never had resources to complete in the time they required it. They ended up playing in Deeside for a year, then Blackpool for half a season and naturally couldn't sustain the crowds needed for where they were and ended up calling it a day in Jan.
It doesn't need a new team. There is already an EIHL team and junior setup in a poor standard rink that was always supposed to be temporary in Altrincham. It is no long term solution for the club - especially with the way the altair plans are now set out - and the opportunity may come up for Storm to relocate further down the line to sportscity. There has been talk of this recently, although it is rather speculative.Surely there's room for a Manchester Ice Rink SOMEWHERE around Sportcity? Perhaps that would attract a new team...