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Back to the Ricoh

The Coventry Evening Telegraph has done a great job in covering the exile of the Sky Blues from the city. They have provided extensive, in depth coverage today and it can be found here.

As a Charlton fan I know what it's like to be exiled from your own ground as the result of the machinations of owners.   I am very pleased to see the Sky Blues back where they belong.  I enjoyed the Olympic matches at the Ricoh and I will try to get to a game some time.

Coventry are coming home

A statement confirming Coventry City have agreed a deal to return to the Ricoh Arena after more than a year of playing their football in Northampton is expected later this morning, reports the Coventry Evening Telegraph.

A deal for a return has been signed after terms were agreed following secret talks between lawyers acting for club owners Sisu and Ricoh Arena operators ACL. The finer details of the deal are yet to be announced, but sources suggest the club could now return to Coventry by September.

#bringCityhome a step closer?

Coventry City's owners Sisu have complied with the instructions of the Football League and paid £471,192 in outstanding rent and other costs for the Ricoh Arena to its operators Arena Coventry Limited (ACL).  ACL had said that they would not engage in negotiations with Sisu until the money was paid.

Fans from two clubs join together in protest

Fans of two clubs who feel they have been let down by their owners are to join together in protest when they meet in the Capital One cup at the beginning of the season.

Doncaster Rovers takeover fails

The takeover bid by One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson and John Ryan for Doncaster Rovers has failed.   The associated crowdfunding inititaive raised only about half the money required.   The Football League has told the pair that they would not meet its 'fit and proper person' test.

Sky Blues prepared to discuss Ricoh return

Coventry City have said that they are prepared to discuss a return to the Ricoh Arena on an interim basis. However, Arena Coventry Limited (ACL), the operators of the stadium, have said that Sisu, Coventry's owners, must drop their appeal against the recent legal judgment which went against them.

League to rule on Ricoh rent

As the #bringCityhome campaign gains momemum on Twitter, the Football League has said that it will rule on the dispute between Arena Coventry Limited, the operators of the Ricoh Arena, and Coventry City owners Sisu in relation to outstanding rent on the club's use of the stadium.

O's sold to Italian businessman

Leyton Orient have become the latest English club to be taken over by a foreign owner after chairman Barry Hearn agreed to sell his 90 per cent stake in the club to Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti who works in renewable energy and waste management..   This shows that even a smaller London club in League 1 can be an attractive proposition.

Football League dips a toe in the water at Coventry

The Football League has issued a brief statement on the outcome of the judicial review involving Sisu.  Its significance lies in the fact that it has said anything, rather than its content.

Of course, the dispute is a complicated and hostile one as the League points out.   Nevertheless, it is the one organisation that has the capacity to knock heads together.

Sisu lose state aid case

Coventry City's owners, Sisu, have lost their judicial review case which claimed that the City Council's loan to the Ricoh Arena constituted illegal state aid under European Union rules.   Sisu have stated that they will seek leave to appeal.

The City Council's case was that once Sisu ceased to make its rent payments it had to make a loan to Arena Coventry Limited (ACL), the operators of the Ricoh, to protect its investment.   It argued that the judicial review formed part of a campaign to 'distress' ACL and acquire control of the Ricoh for Sisu.