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Two swallows don't make a summer

It's been an incredible seven days in football.   First, Manchester City took the title for the first time in 44 years with a last gasp victory.   Then Chelsea became champions of Europe by showing that English sides do not always lose to German ones on penalties.

Show stoppers in way of Ricoh deal

Coventry City Council leader John Mutton has made it clear that there are a number of 'show stoppers' in the way of a deal to allow Coventry City to buy a half share in the Ricoh stadium.

Chainrai bids for Pompey

Former owner Balram Chainrai has put in the only bid for Portsmouth FC through his firm Portpin and is therefore likely to take the club out of administration.   If all goes to plan, the process should be completed by early July.

Chelsea or MLS?

22-year old Ohio native Katie Callaway will be with fellow Chelsea fans in a Chicago bar today to watch the final with Bayern Munich.   She fell in love with Chelsea on a family trip to Grand Cayman in 2006 and she will be wearing her David Luiz away shirt for the game.

Crunch day or pay day for West Ham

Rather exaggerated figures are sometimes placed on the Championship play off.  They sometimes seem to be based on the team going up coming top and also collecting four years of parachute payments in one go.  Nevertheless, for a team that goes up and survives, they can hope for a boost of at least £45m.

Further delays in Blues accounts

Birmingham City's accounts were supposed to be released by close of business today on the Hong Kong stock exchange after three earlier delays.   However, they will now not be available until the end of the month.

More bad news for Rangers

Following the rejection of their appeal against fines and a transfer embargo, there is more bad news for Rangers.   The Scottish Premier League (SPL) have got their legal team scrutinising every contract issued to players between 1998 and 2010 for evidence of non-permissible payments.    Any sanctions imposed would transfer to any newco that was set up.

United hit by Champions League setback

Liverpool FC have made it clear that Kenny Dalglish would not have survived even if he had won the FA Cup, taking two cup trophies.   Not only has the FA Cup declined in prestige, it also generates relatively little cash for the war compared with Champions League qualification.

Cardiff's financial challenges

It wasn't easy to decode what Cardiff City FC's finance director Doug Lee was saying in this interview.   I am not an accountant but I think in very simple terms his message was that the football club, from a financial point of view, is in what President Bush used to call 'deep doo doo'.

United confident about keeping pace with City

Manchester United are certainly talking the talk about their ability to keep pace with Manchester City and attract top quality players after a set of financial results that raise some concerns.   One would expect David Gill to put out a positive message.