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Spurs hesitate over Wembley move

Tottenham Hotspur have asked the FA for more time to confirm their intention to play at Wembley next season.  Brent Council gave them permission to host 27 matches at the stadium this week.  The present deadline is 31 March.

The club's hesitation arises from possibility to delays to the building work on their new stadium.  Delays on major building projects seem almost inevitable.  The club doesn't want to enter into a contract with the FA prematurely.   The FA has indicated that it is willing to be flexible.

Sky Blues mediation offer

At the instigation of sports minister Tracey Crouch, Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris has offered to act as a mediator in the Coventry City saga.   He is an assistant government whip.

There is no shortage of offers of mediation.   Sitting in Coventry Cathedral for the mayoral hustings on Wednesday evening, I heard Conservative Candidate Andy Street offer his services.  The question is whether the various parties will come to the table for talks.

Sky Blues could have had to play behind closed doors

Coventry City might have had to play in an empty stadium after two pitch invasions by fans protesting against owners Sisu.  The City Council wrote to demand improvements in matchday security.  They considered the possibility of issuing a 'prohibition notice' which would have meant the club would have had to play behind closed doors.

Mayor approves Chelsea's 'blue jewel'

The Mayor of London has approved Chelsea's plans to buid a £500m stadium on the site of Stamford Bridge.  Sadiq Khan said that the planned 60,000 stadium would be 'the jewel in London's sporting crown'.  Capacity at the ground will be boosted by 18,500.

The club still needs permission from Chelsea Pitch Owners, a fan group that owns the freehold of the stadium's pitch and stands, to temporarily leave Stamford Bridge.

Blackpool's woes help AFC Fylde's success

David Haythornthwaite grew up as a Blackpool fan.   Having succeeded with his business Tangerine Holdings, which makes farming and veterinary products, he made unsuccessful attempts to buy the club from the Oystons in 1998 and 2005.

Spurs and Chelsea have different stadium naming strategies

Tottenham Hotspur are planning to drop the name White Hart Lane while Chelsea hope to retain the name Stamford Bridge in some form as the London rivals seek to secure naming rights for their new stadiums.

QPR change new stadium plans

Queens Park Rangers have decided to go for a more modest version of their planned new stadium, according to a report in The Times.

Queens Park Rangers hope to draw up plans soon for a new 30,000-seat stadium on the site of the Linford Christie athletics track in west London.

Sky Blues owners bring new legal action

Coventry City's owners, Sisu, have brought a new legal action against Coventry City Council over the sale of the Ricoh Arena.  On this occasion they are objecting to the sale of the Council's 50 per cent share in the Ricoh's operating company, ACL,  to Wasps Rugby Club.

Millwall CPO dropped

A proposed compulsory purchase order on land around Millwall's stadium has been dropped after an intervention by Lewisham mayor, Sir Steve Bullock.   Lewisham Council were under increasing pressure after a campaign against what was in effect a gentrification project gained momentum.   It reduces the likelihood of similar threats to other clubs.

Mayor to probe London Stadium finances

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is to set up a high-powered team to investigate what happened with the finances of the London Stadium, the new home of West Ham United.   Several independent companies have been approached to undertake the work.