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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 November 2007, 17:05 GMT
Coventry takeover names revealed
Coventry City
Ken Taylor, the leader of Coventry City Council, has revealed the names behind the rival bids for Championship club Coventry City.

He confirmed to BBC Coventry & Warwickshire they are ex-Manchester City player Ray Ranson and the former Sky Blues chairman Geoffrey Robinson.

Taylor is hopeful a deal can be done before the club goes under.

He said: "These people are solid individuals, they're not people who've just formed themselves into a company."

Taylor added that he is confident these proposals will not go the same way as the ill-fated takeover attempt by the American consortium Manhattan Sports Capital Partners Limited.

606: DEBATE
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"I'm a lot more confident than I was with the Manhattan bid because it never came to anything, we never talked about money."

"As soon as we have something solid in front of us and a general acceptance among all those involved we (the council) will call an extraordinary general meeting."

Ranson made a bid to buy Manchester City earlier this year before new owner Thaksin Shinawatra's arrival.

More recently, he brokered a proposed takeover bid for Coventry's Championship rivals Southampton by hedge fund Sisu.

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10 Oct 07 |  Coventry City
US group ends Coventry interest
08 Oct 07 |  Coventry City
Ranson withdraws Man City offer
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