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Anfield development will not hit player spending

When a club builds a new stadium, it often doesn't provide the expected boost on the pitch and sometimes financial problems ensue.   Southampton had a difficult time after they moved to St. Mary's.   There is a lot to be said for re-developing your existing ground if that can provide what is needed and is not too disruptive to fans.

Coventry City continue search for new sites

Land near Warwick University is among sites being considered by Coventry City for a new stadium, it has been claimed. It is the case that the University owns extensive areas of land on the Warwickshire side of the campus, much of which is tenanted out for farming.

However, this land is largely earmarked for long-term expansion as the University continues to prosper. Some of it is undulating and other areas are subject to flooding in severe weather. Warwick District Council would be reluctant to give planning permission for a football stadium.

Judge throws out Coventry judicial review

A High Court judge has thrown out an application by Sisu to have a judicial review of Coventry City Council's actions on fhe Ricoh Arena.   The application will not proceed to a full trial.

Last ditch attempt at Sky Blues deal

Last ditch talks have been taking place at a hotel somewhere in England under a media blackout between Arena Coventry Limited (ACL), the operators of the Ricoh Arena, and Coventry City in the hope of reaching an agreement. This will not be easy given the bad blood between the parties.

Brandon stadium plan for Sky Blues seems unlikely

The notion that Coventry City might build a new stadium at the Brandon Stadium seems somewhat far fetched after a statement issued by the owners on the Coventry Bees website.

Commons motion on Sky Blues

The following motion has been placed on the House of Commons order paper about the removal of Coventry City to Northampton after the Football League gave 'reluctant' approval and has been signed by 13 MPs to date. Early day motions are a way for MPs to express concern about an issue and are not usually debated.

Burnley buy their ground back

Burnley Football Club have taken Turf Moor and Gawthorpe back under the club’s ownership following the completion of a buy-back campaign developed by co-chairmen John Banaszkiewicz and Mike Garlick. The campaign raised £3.5m.

With the welcome involvement of a number of key supporters, and further investment from the club, both facilities come back under the umbrella of Burnley FC with immediate effect. The deal means there will be no rent to pay and an eventual saving of half a million pounds a year.

Northampton is the new Coventry

When I said that Coventry might end up playing in Northamptonshire, I was thinking of the vacant Rushden & Diamonds stadium at Nene Park, not the Sixfields stadium of Northampton Town. It didn't make my short list, nor many of the others I have seen. It is nearer to Coventry than Nene Park but the Sky Blues won't have exclusive use of the 7,600-capacity stadium.

Everton explore new stadium options

Everton Football Club are exploring options to build a new ground near Goodison Park in Liverpool. 'We have identified a site close to Goodison and we have a [Liverpool] council at the moment who are extremely positive in their desire to help us,” said Everton chairman Bill Kenwright. 'If we take forward what we’re looking at now, I think you would be happier than sharing with the Reds.'

Progress on Anfield redevelopment

Liverpool believe that real progress has been made in their bid to redevelop Anfield following progress in a council-led property purchase programme. The club should be able to make a full planning application early next year.

Twenty-two of the 30 properties that need to be bought have now been purchased by Liverpool City Council and social housing provider Your Housing Group. The remaining eight houses are all in the hands of private landlords and could ultimately be made subject to compulsory purchase order.