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Sisu try to restart Sky Blue talks

Coventry City owners Sisu are trying to get talks restarted on their tenancy of the Ricoh Arena.  They have made a direct appeal to the chief executive of the city council, Martin Reeves.   As has been the case for some time, the main sticking point is not the rent, where Arena Coventry Limited have made a substantially reduced offer, but matchday revenues.

Portsmouth saved

Reports are appearing on social media that Pompey Supporters' Trust  (PST) have agreed a deal in principle to buy Fratton Park from Balram Chainrai  have now been confirmed by the BBC.    It is thought that the out of court settlement involves the payment of £3m plus add ons to Chainrai's Portpin Group.

A £10m debt to former players will be covered with a £9m parachute payment from the Premier League.  Ordinary creditors such as local businesses will receive 2p in the pound.

Bury on the brink

Bury FC could go bust within days unless they can raise £1m.   They are appealing to local business people to contribute £100k each to a consortium, although assurances that they would get their money back need to be treated with some caution.

Radio rights retained

Many people argued that the arrival of television would mean the end of radio or at least of talk radio as distinct from a dj playing music (or perhaps no dj at all). However, radio remains important to football, particularly keener fans.

Thatcher, football and the Premier League

It's fair to say that Mrs Thatcher was no fan of football.   She tended to see it through  a  'law and order' lens, although it has to be admitted that there were serious problems of that kind during the time she was prime minister.

She came up with a completely unworkable membership card scheme for football fans which, if implemented, would have seriously damaged the game.   It was another case of treating football fans as second class citizens, although unfortunately that still happens today.

Crystal Palace improve financial results

Crystal Palace have reported a trading loss after tax of £2.2m for twelve months to June 2012.   This compares with a loss of £9.4m in the previous corresponding period.   It also compares well with recent results from other Championship clubs who do not benefit from parachute payments or wealthy foreign owners.   Charlton, Ipswich and Sheffield Wednesday have all reported larger operating losses.

The club also has £13.3m in hand in respect of player sales.   This is thought to be largely the result of the sale of Zaha to Manchester United.

Swans announce record profits

The benefits of Premier League membership are reflected in record profits of £15.9m announced by Swansea City FC for the six months up to the end of November 2012.   The Swans are well placed to take advantage of the new Premiership television deal.    

It is planned to increase the capacity of the council-owned Liberty Stadium from 20,599 to 32,000 and there are plans for a new training facility.   A new shirt sponsorship deal is in the offing, the Swans having bought themselves out of their deal with 32Red a year early.

Ofcom rules against Ken Bates

Ken Bates has always been a controversial figure in English football.  Although no verified figures are available, it is believed that he has shown that it is possible to make money out of football.  But then he would argue that he effectively rescued Chelsea and then Leeds United when they were on the floor.

Old Trafford naming rights not for sale

Manchester United has emphasised that the naming rights for Old Trafford are not for sale in the wake of a £15m eight year deal with AON to name the Carrington Training Ground after the club's current kit sponsor.  A more sceptical note is struck by the BBC's sports editor and some of the comments are interesting.

Everton's dilemma illustrates a broader problem

Everton's 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane is a creditable result and must give them renewed hope as they face a tough end of the season with Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea still to play away from home.

Everton face a dilemma.   Everton manager David Moyes believes that earning a place in next season's Europa League would enhance his side's prospects of keeping their best players and make them a more attractive proposition for potential transfer targets.