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The Cole Effect Hire?

The Cole Effect Hire?

Andrew Cole, now 36 may well be considering retiring from football after a long and successful career but will that decision be made based on what Burnley FC would like him to do? He is of course currently on loan with the club from Sunderland until the end of the season and has made a pretty good impact since coming to Turf Moor although has been dogged by injury and the recurrence of his niggling Achilles injury problem in recent times.

The injury has basically meant he has only been able to make 5 starts in 12 games since arriving at the club.

Nevertheless he has now scored 5 goals for the club since arriving in January, the most memorable being his hat-trick in the match away to QPR in February this year when the Clarets came away with all three points in a 4-2 victory. Ade Akinbiyi got the other goal in that match and probably his partnership with Ade has been the most effective in the games so far. They were former team mates together at Bristol City and they seemed to have developed a good understanding between each other.

So what will the striker decide in the close season, will he hang up his boots or will he be persuaded to play for at least one more season and can Burnley tempt him to sign for them on a permanent basis?

It won`t be for the want of the trying if the glowing tributes from Owen Coyle and Clarke Carlisle are anything to go by.
Owen Coyle had this to say about the former Manchester United player and England International:

'I think he's loved every minute of this football club, albeit it's been a bit stop-start with that niggling Achilles.

'But he's shown when he's fully fit and on the pitch, what he brings to any football team, so I would envisage that Andrew would probably want to play on next season.'

Earlier in the week, Carlisle also encouraged the striker to consider playing on:

'He is a man of immeasurable and undoubted quality, and for anyone to have a player of his calibre in the squad can only be of benefit,' said Carlisle.

He is wondering whether to finish at the end of the season or not, and I'm sure we, as players, won't be the first to know. That's something for him to decide for himself and discuss with his family in coming weeks, and probably over the summer.

'But having him around, even if he can only play in half of the games, it can only benefit us for the games when he is available.'

What do you think, should we offer him a new one year contract should he want to play-on? What would that mean for Coyle`s intention to bring down the average age of the squad? Should he simply call it a day and maybe join the backroom staff and help out on the coaching side? Tell us what you think below and also vote in our forum poll.

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Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Friday April 25 2008
Time: 9:57AM

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I think on balance if he wants to carry on, we should have him on a one year contract, He will be a good squad player even if he doesnt get many games, and could be good behind the scenes helping the younger lads develop. It might distort the average squad age a bit but what the heck!
turfmanphil
25/04/2008 10:00:00
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Played well against Cardiff and deserved to be Man of Match! Anybody who dare call another player a Muppet in front of the media, deserves at least a one year contract! lol
turfmanphil
28/04/2008 13:27:00
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Well latest suggests he is not saying No!!"The reception the supporters gave me this week, both at the fans' awards night and the official player of the year night, was tremendous," he said. "It has given me food for thought in terms of continuing my career here and hopefully I will sit down with the gaffer when the season is over and we will see what happens."
turfmanphil
01/05/2008 15:16:00
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