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The sad tale of Coventry City

Top sports journalist David Conn reviews the sad tale of Coventry City.   It's a familar tale, particularly to those of us who live in the area, but Conn writes well and provides a good and critical overview.

The question now is: will Sisu succeed in their ploy of acquiring the Ricoh Arena at a knockdown price?

Sisu wins judicial review over Ricoh

Coventry City owners Sisu have won their application for a full judicial review into Coventry City Council's 14m 'bailout' of the Ricoh Arena, reversing a decision made in August.

A High Court judge this morning delivered her decision which could have great significance for the prospects of the Sky Blues returning to the council-owned stadium soon . Mrs Justice Thirlwall said she was satisfied there were grounds to grant Sisu companies leave to apply for a full judicial review. She said she was satisfied the case merited a full hearing with all the relevant evidence.

Hull City lose nearly £28m

Hull City will this week announce the club made a loss in its promotion year to the Premier League of just under £28m. The figure, £27.8m, principally financed manager Steve Bruce's signings and an increased wage bill in the 12 months to 31 July this year. The losses came before the summer's major signing for City, midfielder Tom Huddlestone from Tottenham Hotspur for £5m.

Sky Blues adversaries meet

The two main adversaries in the dispute over Coventry City and the Ricoh Arena have met in London. Joy Seppala of Sisu and Ann Lucas, the leader of Coventry City Council have held talks.

Sisu have indicated that they would only return to the Ricoh if they obtained the freehold of the stadium and the surrounding land.   The City Council have not ruled this out.

Setback for Coventry City owners

Coventry City's owners, Sisu, have suffered a setback in court in their battle with Coventry City Council over the bailout of the Ricoh Arena.   The judge ruled that they could not have the full disclosure of documents they had requested, stating that they could make a 'respectable case' without them.  It was unprecedented to provide disclosure before a judicial review had been granted.

Sky Blues owners go back to High Court

Coventry City's owners, hedge fund Sisu, have returned to the High Court to pursue their claim that Coventry City Council's £14m bailout of the Ricoh Arena was illegal.   Their latest move is designed to secure the release of documents they consider to be relevant to the case.

Norwich wipe out debt

Norwich City FC have wiped out all of their external debt and returned a small profit after tax of £500,000, the Premier League club revealed on Thursday in accounts published for the year end May 31, 2013 (which cover a 13-month period).

This is before the effects of the Premier League's new television deal show up in the accounts. The £49m the club received for television rights last season will rise to somewhere between £62m and £64m, with an extra £1.25m for every position above 20th the club achieves.

Joy Seppala talks about Coventry City

Coventry Evening Telegraph reporter Les Reid has secured quite a coup by getting Coventry City owner Joy Seppala to spend two hours talking to him.   Seppala admits that she is a very private person.

Wimbledon hope to return home

Wimbledon are hoping to return to their spiritual home at Plough Lane. However, the process is fraught with obstacles and, even if all goes well, it could be some years before they return there.

The initial plan is for a stadium of 11,000, which would be more than adequate for League 2 or even for League 1. However, the proposals include the flexibility to expand the stadium in stages to a 20,000 capacity. They also set out plans for new banqueting and conference facilities as well as around 600 new homes to be built by Galliard Homes, shops and community facilities.

The way out at Coventry?

The political reporter of the Coventry Evening Telegraph Les Reid has been following the sad saga of Coventry City and he has provided a very full in depth analysis of what has happened going back to errors made in relation to building the Ricoh Arena and its subsequent 'rescue'.   In many respects it was an overly ambitious 'grand projet' but we are where we are.