FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News Coventry City Set To Return Home http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3376/title=coventry+city+set+to+return+home Coventry City football club have reached a deal which will see them return to the Ricoh Arena following their 12 month exile from the ground. The club has agreed a two-year deal with an option for an extra two years which could see them return to the city in time for their match against Gillingham on the 6 th September. Steve Waggott, development director at Coventry City FC, said: We are delighted to get this deal done and I am sure every supporter of Coventry City will be thrilled with... Arsenal Appoint Vinai Venkatesham as Chief Commercial Officer http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3375/title=arsenal+appoint+vinai+venkatesham+as+chief+commercial+officer Arsenal Football Club have appointed Vinai Venkatesham as its Chief Commercial Officer, following Tom Foxs move to Aston Villa as Chief Executive Officer. Venkatesham has been with Arsenal for four years since joining from the London 2012 Organising Committee, where he played a key role in raising the 2 billion of private finance required to fund the Games through sponsorship, licensing, hospitality and broadcast deals. He is currently Arsenal's Sales and Marketing Director, where... Aston Villa Appoint Tom Fox As Chief Executive http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3374/title=aston+villa+appoint+tom+fox+as+chief+executive Aston Villa have announced the appointment of Tom Fox as Chief Executive. His appointment comes after previous CEO, Paul Faulkner stepped down in July. Tom has an exquisite background in the broader sports industry, serving the last five years as Chief Commercial Officer at Arsenal. Chairman Randy Lerner said: "I was delighted and even flattered by Tom's interest in the Villa job. His achievements at Arsenal speak for themselves and, above all, his reputation as a leader and team builder... Rotherham Director Elected To Football League Commercial Committee http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3373/title=rotherham+director+elected+to+football+league+commercial+committee Rotherham United Commercial Director, Steve Coakley has been elected to the Football Leagues Commercial Committee as one of the Board Nominated Members. Steve, who returned to the club little under a year ago has been nominated to the board along with Andrew Cullen (MK Dons) and Mal Brannigan (Sheffield United), following discussions at the annual Owners and Directors Conference in Portgual this Summer. Were delighted for Steve, Chairman Tony Stewart told... Indian Super League To Be Revealed At Soccerex Global Convention http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3372/title=indian+super+league+to+be+revealed+at+soccerex+global+convention+ Plans for the eagerly anticipated Indian Super League (ISL) and the 2017 U17 FIFA World Cup will be officially presented to the global football industry at the Soccerex Global Convention, held in Manchester on 6-10 September, after the confirmation that a senior Indian delegation will be attending. The session will begin with Kushal Das, General Secretary of the All India Football Federation, delivering a standalone keynote speech, outlining the explosion of the game in India. The panel,... How Do You Apply Analysis? http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3371/title=how+do+you+apply+analysis%3F Courses in Applied Performance Analysis now available with Performa Sports. Level 3 CPPD Course in Applied Performance Analysis. Stats that matter: Coaches can only recall around 30% of live performance factors Providing players with the means to self-analyse increases their learning by over 70% An informative 'hands-on' performance analysis module developed by the University of Ulster and Performa Sports, designed to help coaches and analysts to effectively leverage sports analysis for team... Aston Villa Tie Up William Hill Betting Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3370/title=aston+villa+tie+up+william+hill+betting+partnership Aston Villa have announced a new partnership with William Hill Online as their new Official UK Ireland Betting Partner. Aston Villa acting Chief Executive Robin Russell said: We are delighted to add William Hill to our growing number of Official Partners as Official UK Ireland Betting Partner. William Hill has been one of the leading brands in bookmaking for many years and the company has enjoyed a long and successful association with football, too. We look... Direct tec New Lead Partner for Surrey FA http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3369/title=direct+tec+new+lead+partner+for+surrey+fa The Surrey FA have announced The Direct tec Group will be the lead partner for the County FA and the Surrey Saturday Senior Cup for the upcoming football season. The company, who supply digital photocopiers, laser printers and provide IT Support have signed a one-year deal to support the Countys most prestigious football competition throughout the 2014/15 campaign. Woking FC lifted the Cup last season beating Met Police FC 6-0 in the Final in front of 900 spectators at the Kingfield... Everton Backed By Coral For Two Seasons http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3368/title=everton+backed+by+coral+for+two+seasons Everton Football Club has penned a new two-year deal with Coral Interactive, part of Gala Coral Group, to become the Club's Official European Betting Partner. The new partnership will see the Club tie up with one of Europe's leading high street betting brands to deliver a range of dedicated interactive services. Primarily focusing on the traditional sportsbook market, the arrangement for seasons 2014/15 and 2015/16 will also see a significant contribution from the stake proceeds donated to... Shooting Stars - Voting Opens for MBNA Northwest Football Awards http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3367/title=shooting+stars+-+voting+opens+for+mbna+northwest+football+awards They play for different clubs, earn different wages, even have different abilities but there is one common thread linking Manchester Citys Yaya Toure, James McArthur of Wigan, Oldhams James Wesolowski and Shaun Densmore of Altrincham. All four and many more have been nominated in the MBNA Northwest Football Awards 2014 taking place on 18 th November at the Point, Emirates Old Trafford. And now the regions football mad fans have a chance to choose which of their favourites... Aston Villa Announce Tourist Destination Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3366/title=aston+villa+announce+tourist+destination+partnership Aston Villa have announced a unique partnership which will see Andaluca become the clubs Official Tourist Destination Partner for the 2014-2015 season. The region in Southern Spain, which is visited by approximately 8 million international tourists every year, including around 2.5 million from the UK, is also home to some of the largest football clubs in Spain including past Villa pre-season opponents Malaga CF and the reigning Europa League champions Sevilla FC. The... High5itApp Teams Up With Football Supporters’ Federation http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3365/title=high5itapp+teams+up+with+football+supporters%92+federation New football app High5it and The Football Supporters Federation (FSF), one of Europes leading bodies for football fans, have announced a partnership that aims to give fans a greater voice in the sport, promote positivity, and celebrate everything good about the beautiful game. Set for release on 11 th September, users of the High5it App will be able to follow, interact with, and appreciate great play in a way that is truly recognised. Developed by fans for fans, it will be... Donate your old football kit to street children campaign - Football Shirt Amnesty at National... http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3364/title=donate+your+old+football+kit+to+street+children+campaign+-+football+shirt+amnesty+at+national+football+museum The National Football Museum in Manchester has launched a National Football Shirt Amnesty to help charity Street Child World Cup make a difference to the lives of street children. The museum is asking householders across Britain to dig into their wardrobes to find their old, unloved football shirts. Those old, worn out, ill-fitting strips can help bring new joy to homeless children across the world. They have pledged to collect any football shirts handed in or sent to the museum,on behalf of... Barclaycard and Green 4 Solutions Offer Integrated Wearables http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3363/title=barclaycard+and+green+4+solutions+offer+integrated+wearables+ Barclaycard and industry customer relationship (CRM) experts Green 4 Solutions have signed an agreement to offer the sport and leisure industry an integrated one-stop-shop wearable device for fans. Barclaycard plans to build on the successful trial of its bPay wearable contactless payments device at a selected number of events this summer and use the partnership to explore further opportunities for the technology in a new sector. Working with Green 4 Solutions, Barclaycard will... UEFA to Name Euro 2020 Host Cities in September http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3362/title=uefa+to+name+euro+2020+host+cities+in+september The UEFA Executive Committee will select the 13 host associations for UEFA EURO 2020 on Friday 19 September 2014. The decision to stage a "EURO for Europe" in various major cities throughout the continent follows an initial idea presented by the UEFA President Michel Platini in consultation with UEFAs member associations, and it was ratified by the UEFA Executive Committee at its meeting in Lausanne in December 2012. The matches have been split into 13 different packages. There are 12... MBNA named official naming rights partner for 2014 Northwest Football Awards http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3361/title=mbna+named+official+naming+rights+partner+for+2014+northwest+football+awards+ The 2014 Northwest Football Awards is now officially open for business with a new naming rights partner -MBNA-and a promise to help Manchester become Englands first city of football. The great and the good of the Northwest football community came together last night (Wednesday) at a star spangled Awards launch party, hosted by BBC Radio 5 Live presenter, Phil Williams, at the Lawn Club in Manchesters Spinningfields district. Guests included former Bolton and England... Tottenham Hotspur forms unique US youth soccer partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3360/title=tottenham+hotspur+forms+unique+us+youth+soccer+partnership Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has formed a unique youth soccer partnership as part of its continued drive to develop grassroots soccer in the US. Tallahassee United has changed its name to Tallahassee Tottenham Hotspur and will adopt the Premier League clubs world renowned coaching philosophy. To celebrate the partnership, the Governing Body of the City of Tallahassee proclaimed Wednesday July 30, 2014, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club Day, displaying the Florida capitals support... Tottenham Hotspur unveils brand new Official YouTube channel http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3359/title=tottenham+hotspur+unveils+brand+new+official+youtube+channel Tottenham Hotspur have unveiled a brand new Official YouTube channel , bringing fans closer to their favourite team than ever before on one of the worlds largest and most popular media platforms. With the 2014/15 Premier League season about to begin, the new-look channel promises high quality video content from around the Club, with exclusive access to players and entertaining features, including use of graphics, stats and archive imagery. Sunset+Vine, the multi-award winning UK... BT Sport Signs Ian Wright and Robbie Savage Announces New Look Saturday Schedule http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3358/title=bt+sport+signs+ian+wright+and+robbie+savage++announces+new+look+saturday+schedule BT Sport has confirmed that Ian Wright and Robbie Savage will join the broadcaster as experts across its football coverage, as part of a number of enhancements ahead of the new season. Arsenal legend Wright will join BT's panel of analysts for exclusively live matches in the Barclays Premier League and the FA Cup, as well as other football programming. Robbie Savage, the former Wales international and Leicester City FC midfielder, will also join the punditry team and co-host a new Saturday... Away fans to get new opportunities to watch matches - Midweek games to be streamed to away... http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3357/title=away+fans+to+get+new+opportunities+to+watch+matches+-+midweek+games+to+be+streamed+to+away+team%26%23039%3Bs+ground Fans of AFC Bournemouth, Brighton Hove Albion and Derby County will be among the first supporters to be offered the opportunity to watch coverage of their club playing away from home during midweek as part of a new broadcasting initiative by The Football League. Following the installation of a fibre-optic network that will eventually link all club stadiums, matches can now be beamed back to grounds, live in HD, at a fraction of the previous cost. As a result, clubs may now enter into... Luis Suarezs four-month ban upheld but cleared to train with Barcelona http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3356/title=luis+suarez%26%23039%3Bs+four-month+ban+upheld+but+cleared+to+train+with+barcelona Luis Suarez's four-month ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini is upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but he is cleared to train with new club Barcelona. A full explanation of the ruling will not be published until a later date. "The sanctions imposed on the player by Fifa have been generally confirmed,'' the Court of Arbitration for Sport said in a statement. But the court said preventing Suarez from taking part in any football activity was "excessive" as not allowing him to... Arsenal extends partnership with Indesit http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3355/title=arsenal+extends+partnership+with+indesit Arsenal and Indesit announced an extension to their relationship on Wednesday, with the leading home appliance brand agreeing a three-year partnership renewal. Indesit first joined as an official partner in 2011, and have enjoyed a range of benefits including visibility through a variety of the clubs channels and utilizing first-team player access to bring international campaigns alive. Indesit have also rewarded Arsenal members with 'money cant buy prizes', including all-expenses... Comment: England will not win another major tournament because there are too many foreign players in... http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3354/title=comment%3A+england+will+not+win+another+major+tournament+because+there+are+too+many+foreign+players+in+the+premier+league England will not win another major tournament because there are too many foreign players in the Premier League, according to the boss of Britain's leading football coaching company. Chris Shaman today said the lack of quality English players in the top division - which resumes this weekend was the reason for our worst performance at a World Cup in 56 years. Roy Hodgson's men crashed out of the tournament in Brazil last month when they failed to win a match and did not qualify from the... Manchester City Get Suited Up with T.M. Lewin http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3353/title=manchester+city+get+suited+up+with+t.m.+lewin Barclays Premier League Champions, Manchester City have announced T.M. Lewin as the Clubs new Official Formal Wear Partner. The two-year partnership will see the leading British shirt maker and tailor provide the official team suits, shirts and ties for Manuel Pellegrinis men. Players including Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko will wear the bespoke suits while traveling to UEFA Champions League games across Europe and at any cup finals through the season. As... Chelsea FC and Levy Restaurants UK announce strategic partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3352/title=chelsea+fc+and+levy+restaurants+uk+announce+strategic+partnership Chelsea Football Club and Levy Restaurants UK, the sport, leisure and hospitality business of Compass Group UK Ireland, have agreed an international partnership, reinforcing the relationship between the two global market leaders. The continuing collaboration will see Levy Restaurants UK become the clubs official catering partner responsible for the catering across the Chelsea Football Club estate; including Stamford Bridge, the clubs iconic stadium, Chelsea FCs...