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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.

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.

'Symbolic' offer for Coventry City

A group of Coventry City supporters and businessmen have made a 'symbolic' offer for the club of £51,897.35 on the understanding that it is debt free.   They also have a plan to get the club back to the Ricoh Arena.

However, owners Sisu have reaffirmed that the club is not for sale.   Sadly for Sky Blue fans, this stalemate shows no signs of ending.

One Direction star takes over Doncaster Rovers

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson could become what Elton John was to Watford with his takeover of Doncaster Rovers.  He grew up in the town and has turned out for the club's reserves.  Each of the members of the band is estimated to be worth £14m.

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.