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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.

The meteoric rise of Fleetwood Town

Yesterday's play off final win that saw Fleetwood Town go up to League 1 was their sixth promotion in nine seasons.   The Cod Army can thank entrepreneur Andy Pilley who has pumped over £10 million into the club, although they argue that they got some of their best players on the cheap.

Football League attendances up

Attendances in the Sky Bet Football League rose by 136,000 or one per cent in the season just ended. However, this global figure conceals differences between the leagues.   Attendances in the Championship were down by five per cent and up by 18.4 per cent in League One.   League Two attendances increased by just under one per cent.

Businessman's plan to get Coventry City back home

A Coventry-born businessman now based in the United States has come up with a plan to get Coventry City playing at the Ricoh Arena again.   His idea is to strike a deal with Arena Coventry Limited to rent the Ricoh to the club.   The money would be raised by a crowd funding scheme involving fans.

New revelations about Leeds

Accounts filed at Companies House have led to new revelations about Leeds United.  GFH Capital sold half its stake to an unnamed party between March and June last year before buying it back in December 2013, reaching 85 per cent ownership.  This meant that there was no 'controlling party' of the club for at least six months.