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Is Coventry City a dying club?

A harsh question for the BBC to ask.  But perhaps a realistic one.  The club is in a downward spiral with disillusioned fans and declining attendances.

United top money league

The latest edition of the Deloitte Money League has appeared.  Aggregate revenue for the top 20 Money League clubs rose 12% to €7.4 billion (£5.5 billion) in 2015/16, a new record, with three clubs breaking the €600m barrier.   The infographic below shows the evolution of the Money League over the last twenty years.

The story behind Lincoln's success

Lincoln City defeated a lacklustre Ipswich Town last night to get through to the 4th round of the FA Cup. They are also top of the Vanarama National League with real hopes of a return to the Football League after an absence that will run to six years by the summer.

The prime minister congratulated the Imps on their success in prime minister's questions, responding to a question from the MP for Lincoln.

Red Bull and Coventry rumours surface again

Rumours that energy drinks giant Red Bull might be interested in taking over troubled Coventry City have surfaced again.

These have to be regarded as highly speculative.   Without their own ground, Coventry City are not a very attractive investment.     Hedge fund Sisu have never shiown any sign of selling an investment they have managed badly.

China cracks down on foreign players

China has cut the number of foreign players allowed to play in each football match from four to three per team, although five will be allowed in the match day squad (one has to be Asian).   There will also have to be one Chinese player under 23 on the pitch.

Football stadium to be demolished

Nene Park, formerly the home of Rushden & Diamonds is to be demolished.  The stadium is derelict and judged to be dangerous and a fire risk. The club was formed from a merger of Irthlingborough Diamonds and Rushden Town. in 1992.  They were promoted to the Football League in 2001.  At their height they played in the equivalent of League One.

Forest sack manager after takeover talks fail

Nottingham Forest have sacked their manager Philippe Montanier after takeover talks failed.  Judging from his remarks after the 0-0 away draw with Birmingham City, he was not anticipating his downfall.

What will mayor decide about Chelsea stadium plans?

Chelsea have received planning permission from Hammersmith and Fulham council to build a new 60,000 seater stadium on the site of Stamford Bridge.  However, the plans for the £500m project must be signed off by London mayor Sadiq Khan.

He has 14 days to respond once the plan is sent on to him by Hammersmith Council.  He can accept the application, reject it or hold a short public inquiry which he would chair himself.   There are indications that his advisers think that the proposal is insufficiently 'green''.

Super club status a mixed blessing for City

Manchester City have been named as one of nine European super clubs by Uefa.  While the recognition is welcome, it could store up problems for the future.   Uefa may decide to target these clubs with new financial fair play (FFP) measures.  

Spending caps hit new Messi deal

La Liga spending caps are constraining Barcelona's ability to offer Lionel Messi a new contract.   Not unreasonably, La Liga requires clubs to spend no more than 70 per cent of their income on wages.

Barcelona have the highest wages in Spain and the second highest in the world after Manchester United. One way forward would be to try and boost revenues.