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Chelsea could play at Twickers

Chelsea have held preliminary conversations with the Rugby Football Union about playing for a season at Twickenham while Stamford Bridge is redeveloped.   If nothing else, it would be convenient for Chelsea players who favour living in Cobham.

Chelsea have long wanted to increase capacity at Stamford Bridge from 41,800 to 60,000 to rival the gate revenues of Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as providing more corporate facilities.   This would make it easier for them to comply with financial fair play regulations.

Kroenke fees cause controversy

The revelation in the latest Arsenal accounts that majority shareholder Stan Kroenke was paid £3 million in 'strategic and advisory fees' has caused controversy.   However, Arsene Wenger has brushed the comments aside, saying that everything the club does is legal and in any case it's a matter for the board.

Cain Hoy drop Spurs bid

US investment group Cain Hoy has droppes its potential bid for Tottenham Hotspur.  The group, backed by Guggenheim Capital, said in a statement to the London Stock Exchange yesterday that after preliminary work on the offer it has 'subsequently terminated its assessment and is consequently no longer making an offer for Tottenham.'

Stadium as cash cows

In its latest issue The Economist takes a look at the economics of stadiums in the UK and the US.  It points out that in the States clubs extract money from local officials, whereas the opposite is the case in the UK.

In the National Football League the number of teams is strictly restricted so clubs can threaten to leave if cities won't build or refurbish their stadia.   That is a blow to a city's prestige and profile and doesn't go down well with voters who support the team.

Liverpool may face FFP sanctions

Liverpool may pay a penalty for their return to the Champions League in the form of financial fair play sanctions.   They are expecting £7m in prize money next month, but the payment would be withheld if they are referred to Uefa's Club Financial Control Body.  

Arsenal in robust financial health

The latest financial results for Arsenal show the club to be in robust financial health, even though overall profits dropped from £6.7m to £4.7m in a year in which there was little activity on the property front. Cash balances remain very healthy, up to £173.3m from £119.6m in 2013.

What is going on at Blackpool?

Just what is owner Karl Oyston's strategy at Blackpool?   The benefits of the short stay in the Premier League have been dissipated and, as things stand, the club is heading for League One.  Staying within financial fair play constraints is one thing, but this is surely taking parsimony too far.

Rugby club seeks control of Sky Blues home

Rugby club Wasps are in talks to secure a controlling stake in the Ricoh Arena, a move that would have serious implications for Coventry City.   Wasps aim to make the Ricoh their permanent home.

Villa sale still possible

The sleeping giant that is Aston Villa has stirred and with the club currently 2nd in the table, following forecasts by pundits that they could be relegated, Paul Lambert has been given a new four year contract.   Owner Randy Lerner has been unable to find a buyer for the club and has shelved his sale plans for the time being.

Funding problems for Spanish clubs

Almeria are having difficulty in funding a new training complex as Spanish banks are reluctant to lend money to clubs because of their high level of debt.

Almeria president Alfonso Garcia also complains about the high level of tax that Spanish clubs have to pay given the extent to which they contribute to Spain's international profile. He is also upset by the way in which the tax authorities chase unpaid debts, but this is hardly surprising given Spain's problems.