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EU probe into Swansea City

The EU has been stepping up its interest in illegal state aid in football, having recently launched an investigation into a number of leading Spanish clubs. A deal allowing Swansea City FC and the Ospreys rugby region to play at the Liberty Stadium is being investigated by the European Commission.

Swansea council has been asked to give details over funding arrangements at the council-owned stadium. State aid rules, policed by the commission, limit how much public money can be given to private companies.

What is the plan at Spurs?

What is the long-term management plan of Joe Lewis, the majority owner of Enic, the company that owns Tottenham Hotspur, and of his representative on Earth, Daniel Levy?

In the longer run, they may want to sell the club. Champions League football would make Spurs a more attractive proposition, but so would a redeveloped stadium.

Sky Blues unveil new stadium plans

Coventry City have unveiled images of their proposed new stadium.   Of course, the most crucial piece of information is missing: where the new stadium might be.

The challenge at Spurs

Expectation levels at Tottenham Hotspur may be out of kilter with the financial realties at the club.   The fiscal firepower available at White Hart Lane does not match that of the four English clubs that have qualified for the Champions League knockout phase.   Indeed, it is closer to clubs like Aston Villa, Everton, Fulham, Newcastle United and Sunderland.

Sky Blues insist new stadium deal is possible

Coventry City's chief executive has insisted that the club is months away from buying the land for a new stadium, but fans are sceptical to say the least.  It was admitted that the Brandon site was not a starter, as if it ever was.   Even if a new site can be found, why is it needed?

QPR announce new stadium plans

In an overnight announcement on their website Queens Park Rangers have unveiled plans for a new 40,000 seater stadium as part of a major regeneration project in the Old Oak area in West London.

They state, 'Queens Park Rangers Football Club and our partners, Stadium Capital Developments, have concluded a letter of collaboration with the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham to bring forward an early and very significant private sector investment into the Old Oak Common regeneration area.’

New Brentford stadium approved

Brentford football club’s plans for a new stadium at Lionel Road were approved by council officials last night.

Hounslow Council planning officers approved the scheme for a new 20,000-seater stadium which includes up to 910 residential apartments on a site between Kew Bridge railway station and the M4. The apartments will help to pay for the project.

The news will see Brentford move from their current rather cramped home, Griffin Park to the 7.6 acre site on Lionel Road for the 2016-17 season

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.