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Coventry City owners ordered to pay ACL in Ricoh row

Coventry City fans have welcomed the news Credit: ITV Central

One of the major obstacles to a potential return to the Ricoh Arena for Coventry City appears to have been removed.

Coventry City owners Sisu have been ordered to pay Ricoh Arena operators ACL the vast majority of the £590,000 ordered by the Football League at the start of last season as a condition of the Sky Blues being allowed to complete their fixtures. This was later disputed by the club’s owners.

The decision was taken after the Football League’s Board met at their London headquarters yesterday.

In light of today's announcement, Coventry City's Tim Fisher, said:

We know that ACL saw the payment of this money as a barrier to agreeing terms to get the club back to Coventry. We can today put this obstacle behind us and get down to the business of negotiating a return to Ricoh Arena until we can own our own stadium.

As we have said all along we want what is best for the long term future success of Coventry City FC. That means our job is to get the club back to Coventry, which is something every single supporter wants to see, whilst ensuring the financial stability of the club.

A key element is for us to agree terms that are driven by Financial Fair Play, so that Steven Pressley can invest match day revenues in talent on the pitch."

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Brown Ideye to join up with WBA after visa issues sorted

Ideye photo
Brown Ideye is joining West Brom from Dynamo Kiev Credit: PA

So Happy to announce that my Visa has been issued,will join the team ASAP #wba

West Bromwich Albion's new record signing, Brown Ideye, has revealed on twitter that he will be joining the team "ASAP", after delays over his visa and work permit prevented him joining up with the team.

The 25-year-old joins the club from Dynamo Kiev on a three-year contract.

READ MORE: West Brom sign Brown Ideye for club record fee


Barcelona stars arrive in Midlands for training camp

Barcelona players, including Messi, Neymar and Iniesta celebrating a goal
Barcelona players, including Messi, Neymar and Iniesta celebrating a goal Credit: Joan Valls/CORDON/Press Association Images

Some of the world's best footballers have arrived in the Midlands for a pre-season training camp.

Barcelona will use facilities at St. George's Park in Burton-on-Trent until Saturday.

St. George's Park - the home of Barcelona for the next few days
St. George's Park - the home of Barcelona for the next few days Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Andres Iniesta is likely to be in action as they prepare for the season ahead.

It is one of the first times the team have got together under their new coach Luis Enrique.

The new man in charge of Barcelona, Luis Enrique
The new man in charge of Barcelona, Luis Enrique Credit: Joan Valls/CORDON/Press Association Images

The team will be speaking to the media at a press conference later today.

Thorne 'gutted' after injury rules out Derby midfielder

Derby County midfielder, George Thorne, has posted on social media of his devastation that he will miss up to 9 months of football action with an injury.


Obviously gutted doesn't really cut it, but I know how to handle it. Appreciate all the messages guys


Dont forget what the team achieved last year. Exciting season ahead & I'll join them for the run in. Look forward to seeing the iPro rocking

Read: Injury blow for Derby County's new midfielder

Injury blow for Derby as new signing out for 9 months

George Thorne in action for Derby at Wembley last season
George Thorne in action for Derby at Wembley last season Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Derby County have been dealt a huge injury blow as new signing George Thorne has been ruled out of action for up to 9 months.

The 21-year-old only joined Derby last weekend after his transfer from West Bromwich Albion, but got injured during his first pre-season friendly against Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday.

Scans have confirmed he has injured his Anterior Cruciate Ligament in his left knee, and will have to undergo surgery.

Derby boss, Steve McClaren told the club website:

At the time it looked to be innocuous as there was no-one near George and we thought he had just jarred his knee...

... It is a huge disappointment for George personally and we wish him a speedy recovery.

– Steve McClaren on dcfc.co.uk

His team mates have taken to Twitter to send their best wishes:


Devastated to hear the news of @georgethorne15 injury! Huge blow 2 him + @dcfcofficial I'll look forward 2 seeing u come back stronger mate!


Gutted for @georgethorne15 massive loss for us! But know he will bounce back again! Get yourself back for the run in bro x

West Brom sign Brown Ideye for club record fee

Brown Ideye
Brown Ideye has signed from Dynamo Kiev Credit: PA

West Brom have announced the club-record signing of Nigeria striker Brown Ideye from Dynamo Kiev.

The 25-year-old has signed a three-year contract, with an option for a fourth, and moves for an undisclosed fee in excess of that paid for Stephane Sessegnon when the midfielder moved from Sunderland last year.

Albion head coach, Alan Irvine, said:

Brown is a quality striker and I'm looking forward to working with him.

He's a strong, quick, powerful player who likes to get in behind defences and has plenty of Champions League and international experience.

Ideye has been handed the number nine shirt at the Hawthorns and will join up with the squad when they return from a pre-season training camp in California.

He scored 34 goals in three seasons in Ukraine, having previously played for Sochaux and Neuchatel Xamax after starting his career in his homeland with Ocean Boys.

He has won 24 caps for Nigeria, scoring five times including in the semi-final as the Super Eagles won last year's African Nations Cup.


Derby County sign George Thorne from West Brom

Derby County has confirmed signing of George Thorne from West Bromwich Albion.

The 21-year-old midfielder has joined the club on a four-year deal after an undisclosed fee was agreed with the Baggies.

Thorne was identified as one of Derby’s top transfer targets this summer after he impressed during a loan spell with the Rams last season.

He made 12 appearances in total and scored twice.

Head Coach Steve McClaren, said:

We’re really pleased that George Thorne has joined us on a permanent basis.

I am sure the fans will be delighted to welcome him back and we’re equally pleased that he sees Derby County as the right place for him at this point of his career.

He was one of the first players Ispoke about with our Head of Football Operations Chris Evans when he arrived inNovember, and we were well aware of his qualities when he joined us on loan in January.

After being patient in waiting for his chance in the side, he showed what he could do on the pitch. His level of performance was excellent.

Martin O'Neill 'confident' Roy Keane will benefit from his dual role

The Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill is confident his number two Roy Keane will benefit from his joint role as Aston Villa's assistant manager.

O'Neill told the Irish Independent:

My view is if it doesn't impinge on the job here with Ireland, then in actual fact it will end up being good for him.I know that if we couldn't have made it work, he wouldn't have taken the job in the first place.If his commitments to us - both on the commercial side and certainly from my viewpoint in terms of the time working with players - is not impinged at all, then I'm happy for it to go ahead, genuinely happy.Villa have agreed to give him all that time with us and therefore I don't really have a problem with it.

– Martin O'Neill, Republic of Ireland manager

West Brom sign Belgium defender Pocognoli

Sebastien Pocognoli has signed from Hannover 96 Credit: West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion have confirmed the signing of Belgium international defender Sébastien Pocognoli from Hannover 96.

The 26-year-old left-back has become the Baggies’ fourth summer signing on an undisclosed fee. He has signed a three-year deal, plus a year’s option in the club’s favour, after agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.

Pocognoli, who has 12 Belgium caps, narrowly missed out on a place in his country’s Brazil-bound World Cup squad after injury saw him miss the final six weeks of last season.

The 6ft player has top-flight experience in Belgium, Holland and Germany following spells with Genk, AZ Alkmaar, Standard Liege and Hannover.

Pocognoli will meet his new team-mates for the first time when he reports for pre-season training on Monday.

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