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Rochdale AFC a model of prudent financing

Rochdale AFC are the last team to have a chance to pull off a giant killing feat in the fourth round of the FA Cup as they face Stoke tonight.    Manager Keith Hill thinks they have not been given enough credit for the prudent way in which they manage their finances.

Bradford cash boost from cup run

Even before yesterday's spectacular victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Bradford City had already benefitted from their cup run to the tune of £1m.  That has wiped out this year's deficit, part of which they had hoped to come from a sell on fee had Tom Cleverly's move to Aston Villa had been made permanent.

Sisu suffer setbacks in the courts

Coventry City's owners Sisu have suffered further setbacks in their battle in the courts over the Ricoh Arena.   Their appeal against a refusal of a judicial review of a loan by Coventry City Council to the stadium's operators, Arena Coventry Limited, has been rejected and, what is more, the judge ticked off their laywers over the nature of their application.

Football League show to switch channels

The Football League Show is to switch from the BBC to Channel 5 from next season.  The deal runs for three seasons.  Channel 5 did not offer any more money than other bids on the table, but promised to screen the show at the prime time of 9 pm on Saturdays.

At present the show follows Match of the Day on the BBC.   The late night timing is inconvenient for many fans, although there is a repeat on Sundays.    This will continue.

Football League dilutes financial fair play regulations

The Football League has substantially diluted its financial fair play regulations.  According to some estimates, clubs will now be able to make losses of £15m-£17m a year, compared with a previously agreed figure of £5m, plus £3m in the form of equity.

Ricoh sold to Wasps

Coventry City Council have unanimously approved the sale of the operating company of the Ricoh Arena, Arena Coventry Limited, to Wasps rugby club.   The council will retain the freehold, but the rugby club will have a 250 year lease.

Ricoh decision day

Coventry councillors were locked in talks late last night over whether the Ricoh Arena, home of Coventry City, should be sold to Wasps rugby club.   A vote of the full council is scheduled for a meeting starting at  2 p.m. today.

If the Labour group agrees on the sale then they can easily out vote the Conservative opposition on the council.   Some councillors have been asking for a free vote, but this is unlikely to happen.

Is Ricoh deal being rushed through?

Coventry City councillors are expected to be asked to vote next week on a deal for a consortium led by rugby club Wasps to take over the Ricoh Arena, home of the Sky Blues.   However, opposition is growing within the controlling Labour group.   There are concerns that the deal is being rushed through without the consequences for the football club being thought through.

Rugby club seeks control of Sky Blues home

Rugby club Wasps are in talks to secure a controlling stake in the Ricoh Arena, a move that would have serious implications for Coventry City.   Wasps aim to make the Ricoh their permanent home.

Coventry coming home - but the fight isn't over

Sky Blues can celebrate the return of their team to Coventry with a match against Gillingham at the Ricoh Arena.   Top football journalist David Conn reviews the sorry history of this saga.    He also suggests that the fight isn't over as owners Sisu still want to build their own ground in the city.