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Glimmer of hope for Sky Blues

A non-executive director of Coventry City has said that he is prepared to consider the offer from the Keep Coventry in Coventry group to pay the rent on the Ricoh Arena for three years so that the club could play there rather than in Northampton.   This would enable a longer-term solution to be found to the bitter dispute.

Sky Blues court case starts today

A three day judicial review case between Sisu, the owners of Coventry City, and Coventry City Council starts in Birmingham today.   Sisu claim that the Council has breached state aid rules in relation to the Ricoh Arena.   For fans much of the interest will be in the evidence that comes out in open court.

Everton identify new home

Everton FC have identified a site for a new stadium.  Walton Hall Park is a recreation area owned by the city council about a mile from Goodison Park.   Everton hope that a new stadium could attract new investment.

The 50,000 seat stadium could be financed by Liverpool City Council as part of a regeneration process with Everton becoming tenants.   A naming rights deal could subsidise the project.

Businessman's plan to get Coventry City back home

A Coventry-born businessman now based in the United States has come up with a plan to get Coventry City playing at the Ricoh Arena again.   His idea is to strike a deal with Arena Coventry Limited to rent the Ricoh to the club.   The money would be raised by a crowd funding scheme involving fans.

Liverpool unveil Anfield plans

Liverpool FC have unveiled their plans for the redevelopment of Anfield.  The first phase will see 8,500 seats added to the Main Stand, giving an overall capacity of 54,000.   The £100m cost will be paid for in part by selling the naming rights to the stand - but not the stadium as a whole.   The main funding for the project will come from bank financing.

Risk to Nou Camp redevelopment project

Barcelona fans have to vote today on whether they want the project to redevelop the Nou Camp to go ahead.   However, its approval is at some risk after the recent bad publicity enjoyed by the club.

Good financial results at Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur have announced a good set of financial results.   Turnover was up to not far short of £150m.   Profit excluding player trading and before depreciation was £23.4m.   After taking account of interest and tax, profit was £1.5m which is a respectable figure when many clubs are making big losses.

Roma to have €1bn 'Colosseum'

AS Roma, the first foreign-owned Italian club, are planning a new glass and steel stadium inspired by Rome's Colosseum, the world's largest ampitheatre.   The club does not currently own its ground, playing in the former national Olympic stadium which it shares with local rivals Lazio.

St.James's Park expansion could be blocked

The following statement has been issued by Newcastle United Supporters' Trust: 'Recent statements from Newcastle United accompanying the release of the latest accounts, have called upon supporters to demonstrate patience with the stated intention of growing the club in a sensible and sustainable manner.

Where will new Sky Blues stadium be?

The Coventry Evening Telegraph has been trying to find out where the fabled new stadium for Coventry City might be built.   The paper has been using Freedom of Information requests, but despite a good track record in investigative journalism, hasn't got very far.