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Is merger the answer for Rushden and Kettering?

Merger is a normal reorganisation device in business, although most mergers are not the coming together of two equal partners but the acquisition of a weaker firm by a stronger one.   However, football is a business not like any other and mergers are rare events, although they do occur sometimes, e.g., Hayes and Yeading.

Mittal considers his options at QPR

Steel baron Lakshmi Mittal is reported to be re-considering his share ownership options at Queens Park Rangers after the club was promoted to the Premiership.  Up to now he has always said that he never intended to be a long-term shareholder let alone take over the majority stake.

The magic of the Cup?

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is upset that tomorrow's FA Cup Final with Manchester City may be overshadowed by what could be a title deciding match for Manchester United.   This year's date was affected by the fact that Uefa insisted that no matches should be played at Wembley for 14 days before the Champions League final on May 28th.

No complete control for Kroenke at Arsenal

Stan Kroenke is unlikely to gain the 75 per cent holding he would need at Arsenal to instigate a major capital restucturing of the business.   His holding is likely to be not much more than the current figure of just under 63 per cent which means that he can control the day-to-day running of the business including player transfers and contracts.

Alisher Usmanov's Red & White Holdings company have indicated that they will not accept Kroenke's offer and are still picking up odd shares where they can to enhance their 27 per cent stake.

Spurs launch another judicial review

Tottenham Hotspur have broadened their fight over the allocation of the Olympic Stadium to West Ham.  Last month they applied for a judicial review into Newham Council's role in arranging a £40m loan to finance West Ham's move to the stadium.    Now they have applied for a judicial review against the Olympic Park Legacy Company, the Mayor of London, the Minister for Sport and the Olympics and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Big financial problems at West Ham

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has said that the club's finances are the worst of any in the country.  This would seem to be something of an exaggeration given the problems that other clubs face, but there is no doubt that they would face serious financial problems if they are relegated from the Premier League.

Irish group in for Argyle

A mystery Irish consortium has been given preferential status to bid for Plymouth Argyle by administrator Brendan Guilfoyle.   The group - who are working with investment company BCK Wealth Management - is expected to pay a six-figure sum to secure exclusivity, putting paid to bids from Devon-based businessman James Brent (who was the front runner to buy the club) and property developer Paul Buttivant.

Rushden's troubles multiply

The troubles of Rushden & Diamonds have multiplied after the club lost the staging of the England C International Challenge Trophy with Portugal on May 19th.  The match has been moving to the Sixfields ground of rivals Northampton Town.  

Brazil behind schedule for World Cup

Brazil is behind schedule with its preparations for the 2014 World Cup.   The 12 host cities have among them nine airport developments which are well behind schedule.   Sao Paulo has not even started to build the new stadium that is supposed to stage the opening match.  The contract for Natal's proposed arena was signed only on April 15th.

Birmingham City get all clear for Europe

Birmingham City have been given the all clear to participate in the Europa League next season.  Concerns had been expressed about the state of the club's finances after it was announced that they had debts of £27m, but Uefa are satisfied that everything is in order.