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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.

Haskell persists with Sky Blues bid

American tycoon Preston Haskell IV intends to persist with his attempt to buy a half share in the Ricoh Arena and secure control of Coventry City despite his disappointment at not being named preferred bidder by the administrator.

Sisu were able to mount the largest bid by writing off debt.   Haskell thinks that their business model is not sustainable in the long run and hopes they will eventually sell out to him.

Free use of Ricoh Arena offered to Sky Blues

Arena Coventry Ltd., the operators of the Ricoh Arena, have offered Coventry City FC the opportunity to play there free of charge next season.   They would only have to pay for costs arising on match day.

Palace plan to expand Selhurst

Crystal Palace have announced that they intend to stay at Selhurst Park and are planning a phased expansion of the capacity of the stadium to 40,000.   The current capacity is just over 26,000, one of the smallest in the Premier League.   Some changes will have to be made before the start of next season as the stadium does not meet current Premier League requirements for media accommodation.

Walsall then Highfield 2 for Sky Blues

Coventry City are planning to play their games at Walsall for three years while a 'Highfield Road 2' is constructed nearer the city centre.   They have been impressed by a similar stadium built by Rotherham United in a town centre location which has a 'modular design' which means that it can be expanded later if required.

Rotherham's good news story

It's not easy running a football club in an economically challenged small northern town near a bigger city. Stockport County are now playing in the Conference North, having at one time been in what is now the Championship. Bury also played at that level, but have faced serious financial problems.

Newcastle United top match day travel table

Newcastle United have topped a table of Premier League clubs constructed by the Campaign for Better Transport measuring how well grounds are served by public transport.