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Haskell persists with Sky Blues bid

American tycoon Preston Haskell IV intends to persist with his attempt to buy a half share in the Ricoh Arena and secure control of Coventry City despite his disappointment at not being named preferred bidder by the administrator.

Sisu were able to mount the largest bid by writing off debt.   Haskell thinks that their business model is not sustainable in the long run and hopes they will eventually sell out to him.

Free use of Ricoh Arena offered to Sky Blues

Arena Coventry Ltd., the operators of the Ricoh Arena, have offered Coventry City FC the opportunity to play there free of charge next season.   They would only have to pay for costs arising on match day.

Palace plan to expand Selhurst

Crystal Palace have announced that they intend to stay at Selhurst Park and are planning a phased expansion of the capacity of the stadium to 40,000.   The current capacity is just over 26,000, one of the smallest in the Premier League.   Some changes will have to be made before the start of next season as the stadium does not meet current Premier League requirements for media accommodation.

Walsall then Highfield 2 for Sky Blues

Coventry City are planning to play their games at Walsall for three years while a 'Highfield Road 2' is constructed nearer the city centre.   They have been impressed by a similar stadium built by Rotherham United in a town centre location which has a 'modular design' which means that it can be expanded later if required.

Rotherham's good news story

It's not easy running a football club in an economically challenged small northern town near a bigger city. Stockport County are now playing in the Conference North, having at one time been in what is now the Championship. Bury also played at that level, but have faced serious financial problems.

Newcastle United top match day travel table

Newcastle United have topped a table of Premier League clubs constructed by the Campaign for Better Transport measuring how well grounds are served by public transport.

Worcester City under threat

The future of Worcester City football club is under threat. It's always questionable whether a club should sell its ground without having a new one to go to. Next season there will be a ground share at Kidderminster which is not an easy journey from Worcester (not least because it means coping with the joys of the Kiddy ring road).

The sad tale of Wolves

When I first started watching football in the 1950s, Wolverhampton Wanderers were one of the top teams in the country, if not the top team (although their Black Country rivals West Bromwich Albion were also in there).  For a small boy, a visit of Wolves to The Valley was the equivalent of Manchester United today.

Ricoh deny 'lock out' claims

Arena Coventry Limited (ACL), the operators of the Ricoh Arena, have denied claims by Coventry City chief executive Tim Fisher that the Sky Blues have been locked out of the stadium.   They insist that the doors remain wide open for the club and argue that, in any case, statements of this kind should be made by the administrator.

Orient judicial review bid rejected

Leyton Orient's written application for a judicial review of West Ham's tenancy of the Olympic Stadium has been rejected. The club could ask for a hearing before a court, but that would involve additional cost and would be unlikely to succeed.

There is an increasing resort to judicial reviews by those who perceive that they have been adversely affected by a decision, but the issue is whether the procedures by which that decision was reached have been flawed.