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Sky Blues prepared to discuss Ricoh return

Coventry City have said that they are prepared to discuss a return to the Ricoh Arena on an interim basis. However, Arena Coventry Limited (ACL), the operators of the stadium, have said that Sisu, Coventry's owners, must drop their appeal against the recent legal judgment which went against them.

League to rule on Ricoh rent

As the #bringCityhome campaign gains momemum on Twitter, the Football League has said that it will rule on the dispute between Arena Coventry Limited, the operators of the Ricoh Arena, and Coventry City owners Sisu in relation to outstanding rent on the club's use of the stadium.

Beckham seeks new stadium site

David Beckham's acquisition of the MLS Franchise for Miami has been far from plain sailing with continuing difficulties in finding a site for a stadium.   The first location at PortMiami was opposed by a cruise company and waterfront trade unions.   An alternative was opposed by local politicians.

Football League dips a toe in the water at Coventry

The Football League has issued a brief statement on the outcome of the judicial review involving Sisu.  Its significance lies in the fact that it has said anything, rather than its content.

Of course, the dispute is a complicated and hostile one as the League points out.   Nevertheless, it is the one organisation that has the capacity to knock heads together.

Sisu lose state aid case

Coventry City's owners, Sisu, have lost their judicial review case which claimed that the City Council's loan to the Ricoh Arena constituted illegal state aid under European Union rules.   Sisu have stated that they will seek leave to appeal.

The City Council's case was that once Sisu ceased to make its rent payments it had to make a loan to Arena Coventry Limited (ACL), the operators of the Ricoh, to protect its investment.   It argued that the judicial review formed part of a campaign to 'distress' ACL and acquire control of the Ricoh for Sisu.

Glimmer of hope for Sky Blues

A non-executive director of Coventry City has said that he is prepared to consider the offer from the Keep Coventry in Coventry group to pay the rent on the Ricoh Arena for three years so that the club could play there rather than in Northampton.   This would enable a longer-term solution to be found to the bitter dispute.

Sky Blues court case starts today

A three day judicial review case between Sisu, the owners of Coventry City, and Coventry City Council starts in Birmingham today.   Sisu claim that the Council has breached state aid rules in relation to the Ricoh Arena.   For fans much of the interest will be in the evidence that comes out in open court.

Everton identify new home

Everton FC have identified a site for a new stadium.  Walton Hall Park is a recreation area owned by the city council about a mile from Goodison Park.   Everton hope that a new stadium could attract new investment.

The 50,000 seat stadium could be financed by Liverpool City Council as part of a regeneration process with Everton becoming tenants.   A naming rights deal could subsidise the project.

Businessman's plan to get Coventry City back home

A Coventry-born businessman now based in the United States has come up with a plan to get Coventry City playing at the Ricoh Arena again.   His idea is to strike a deal with Arena Coventry Limited to rent the Ricoh to the club.   The money would be raised by a crowd funding scheme involving fans.

Liverpool unveil Anfield plans

Liverpool FC have unveiled their plans for the redevelopment of Anfield.  The first phase will see 8,500 seats added to the Main Stand, giving an overall capacity of 54,000.   The £100m cost will be paid for in part by selling the naming rights to the stand - but not the stadium as a whole.   The main funding for the project will come from bank financing.