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German investors interested in Bradford City

A group of German investors is reported to be interested in taking a stake in Bradford City.  Interest from German investors in English clubs is relatively unusual.

No imminent developments are expected from the talks with the German investors.   They surfaced last summer and attended a home game late last year.

Last summer a takeover bid headed by former QPR chairman Gianna Paladani came to nothing.

Wigan make loss

Wigan Athletic made a loss of £3.9m in 2014-15, their first loss in four years.   In the previous year they made a profit of £2.6m.  Turnover fell from £37m to £28m.  One factor was a reduction in Premier League parachute payments.   The club's net debt now stands at £13.3m.

Port Vale up for sale

Port Vale have been put up for sale following their defeat in the FA Cup at Exeter on Saturday.  Chairman Norman Smurthwaite has pumped in 800k since he took over, initially with a business partner in 2012 and then as sole owner from 2013.

He clearly thinks he has not got value for money with Burton Albion topping the table on a 30 per cent smaller budget.

Blackpool fan takeover rejected

Blackpool owner Owen Oyston has ended talks with the club's Supporters' Trust over a possible takeover. The Trust had launched a £16m bid in July.

In a letter on the club's website, Oyston said: 'I believe that if you were left to run the club you would go to the wall because you do not have any money or the experience necessary to support the club in its moment of need.'

'It would be irresponsible of me to simply hand this over to you as it is clear to any independent observer that you could not operate it successfully.'

Coventry City get stadium deadline

If Coventry City want to build a new stadium to get away from the Ricoh Arena, they need to have their plans in place by December.   That is when the Local Plan is expected to be completed and once that it is done it will be more difficult to get permission to build on Green Belt land, as is likely to be needed.

What a load of rubbish

Fans have been vociferous on social media criticising the new Channel 5 football highlights show.  Some fans had initially welcomed the change as the programme goes out at 9 p,m. rather than late at night after Match of the Day as was the case when it was on BBC.

The show has a studio audience who seem to add little to the show and indeed disrupt the flow.   One of them couldn't be heard last night because they didn't have a mike on him.

Sisu get their day in court again

Sisu are to get a replay in February 2016 their ongoing legal battle with Coventry City Council.   Their original claim that the council's loan to Arena Coventry Limited was illegal state aid was rejected.   Two judges refused to allow an appeal, but it was a case of third time lucky.

Ennis-Hill stand no more

Olympic athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill will no longer have a stand named after her at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane ground.   Instead the stand will be named after local estate agents and club sponsors Redbrik.

Ennis-Hill had threatened to have her name removed from the stand if the club had re-signed convicted rapist Ched Evans.   However, the club made no reference to this and said they wanted to continue an association with Ennis-Hill.

Sky Blues consider Rugby stadium

Coventry City have been in talks with planners in Rugby about possible sites within their area for a new stadium.  However, as the sites are in green belt land, the talks will need to be concluded by September before the local plan is submitted.

The Sky Blues have apparently ruled out a new stadium within the boundaries of Coventry.  The Ricoh Arena is now owned by Wasps rugby football club.

New prime time deal for Football League

The Football League has signed a new three seasons deal for its highlights programme with Channel 5. The 90-minute programme, showing every single goal, will go out at 9 p.m. before the BBC's Match of the Day covering the Premier League.