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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.

Roma goes for US style branding

American chairman James Pallotta wants to use US-style branding and management to turn AS Roma into a profitable venture. At present Manchester United is worth some $3.9bn and Roma at less than $200m, but the Boston-based hedge fund manager aims to bridge that chasm. It's not an easy task because Serie A is the least profitable of Europe's top leagues.

Walsall turn down Sky Blues

Walsall manager Dean Smith has said that Coventry City will not be ground sharing with them.   The pitch could not stand it and he does not like the idea of sharing his office.

This means that if Sisu are determined not to accept the offer of a year rent free at the Ricoh, they will have to resume their search for a suitable arena.   Nowhere else comes immediately to mind.

Cardiff City AFC to expand stadium

Cardiff City AFC have unveiled plans to expand the Cardiff City Stadium to an eventual capacity of 38,000. Designs have been outlined to supporters as part of an ongoing feasibility study and the first stage of development could begin as early as September or October this year.

Phase one of the expansion would see the ground’s Ninian Stand given a second tier – with the roof of the stand removed before the end of the coming season. Then 5,000 seats would be put in between May and August next year, in time for the beginning of kick-off in the 2014/15 season.