Mystery surrounded the position of Coventry City chief executive Graham Hover last night after he was placed on leave of absence for more than a week.
In the wake of reports on Monday that the club's new Ricoh Arena would not be ready for the start of next season, a club statement stated the bare facts with no indication of the circumstances surrounding Hover's suspension.
A club spokesman said: "Coventry City Football Club can confirm that chief executive Graham Hover is currently on leave of absence until next Wednesday. The club has no further comment on the matter until that time."
Hover was promoted from the position of club secretary in January 2002, having sided with Mike McGinnity in the vote to oust previous chairman Brian Richardson.
Now, though, he may be paying the price for problems with the new stadium, after the club requested that their first three fixtures of next season be away from home.
Sky Blues chairman Mike McGinnity declined to give a statement.
Meanwhile, Richard Duffy will spend the whole of next season on loan at Coventry after signing a new loan deal.
The 19-year-old returns to Highfield Road after a three-month spell on loan from Portsmouth at the end of last season.
In that time Duffy played 15 times for the Sky Blues and played a key role in the club's successful escape from relegation. The former Swansea trainee's performances also earned him a first call up to the senior Wales squad.
It could be said that Duffy injects some much-needed youth into the Coventry rearguard, slotting in neatly at right-back alongside such more experienced campaigners as Steve Staunton and Richard Shaw.
Portsmouth have agreed to a further temporary deal, with the likes of Andy Griffin restricting first-team his opportunities at Fratton Park. Earlier last season Duffy also had a loan spell at Burnley where he played in the 3-1 League Cup defeat of Aston Villa.
Dele Adebola also finally put pen to paper on a new two-year deal yesterday.
The former Birmingham City striker has shown a marked improvement since he returned to the Sky Blues from a loan spell at Burnley, becoming a fixture up front and scoring three goals.
The club say they will now increase their efforts to resign player of the year Stephen Hughes.