Manchester City have been left with a Wembley hotel booking – despite not reaching the FA Cup final.
City have made a habit of booking the Hilton Hotel for Wembley finals which is hardly surprising seeing as they have almost made it their second home.
They won the FA Cup last year, the League Cup the last three years running and are such regulars they now have an understanding with the Hilton which is a stone’s throw from the stadium.
City did the same again this season, stayed there for the semi final, booked in advance for this weekend in the hope of reaching the FA Cup final but of course were beaten by Arsenal.
They would ordinarily sell the booking on to another club but, with two London teams playing the final, neither Chelsea or Arsenal have taken it off their hands as they are using the same hotels and facilities they had for their respective semi finals.
It has left City with a hotel booking, the Hilton with no team on FA Cup final weekend but the club’s relationship with the hotel is so good the booking might be moved to another occasion.
However, it does leave the best hotel in the area without a team for FA Cup final weekend which seems bizarre but City are probably so confident about getting back next year that it will not be too much of an inconvenience.
Spurs offer season ticket amnesty proposal…
Tottenham are offering a season ticket amnesty to supporters who hold seats which are not in their names.
It is a very common thing in football where season tickets get passed down generations, given to friends or even sold on.
But the club has written to season ticket holders and also issued advice to fans in the hope that having the right names and up-to-date details will help with the process of slowly getting supporters back into grounds next season.
The letter said: “We are aware that tickets are often held in the names of previous purchasers or only one family member.
“We shall therefore implement what is effectively an amnesty period and we ask all supporters to work with us to share correct information as this is vital to ensure that you can gain smooth entry to the stadium once you are able to return to matches. All ticketing points will remain protected.”
Aubameyang contract saga rumbles on…
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may become the transfer saga of the summer as he only has one year left on his current contract. Well, sort of.
It has now emerged that there is a one-year option to extend by 12 months but not only would triggering the clause see his current £180,000-a-week wages go up dramatically but Aubameyang would be entitled to a huge bonus and the package could cost Arsenal as much as £20m.
No wonder Arsenal would rather renegotiate his current deal rather than activating the clause which they must do before December 31 otherwise he can sign a pre-contract with a foreign club.
But the other issue for Aubameyang is who can afford him this summer? He is 31, will be offered a big deal to stay at Arsenal and if he moves he will have no sell on value.
Those expensive 12 month options have been quite common at Arsenal and work for the player especially if he is in good form towards the end of a deal. Santi Cazorla was another big name to have a similar agreement.
Football favours returned?
Expect a few favours to be returned when football returns to normal.
Liverpool borrowed Leyton Orient’s facilities before their game at Arsenal and a few other Premier League clubs did similar with other clubs.
EFL clubs will need all the help they can get going forward.
Wenger’s “unmatched career”…
Arsene Wenger will take part in an online show to promote his forthcoming autobiography, My Life in Red and White.
Production company Fane are staging several shows with leading showbiz stars, actors and famous TV names while Wenger will be beamed into viewers’ homes on October 12.
Former Arsenal boss Wenger has penned his own book rather than employing a ghost writer but has used a translator for the English version.
Fane says he will “open up about his life and unmatched career” with tickets available from www.fane.co.uk