Date:Saturday May 17 2008
Burnley gaffer, Owen Coyle is looking to break our long-standing transfer record which goes back to Stan Ternent's days before the Digital fiasco.
Ternent paid £1m for Ian Moore in November 2000, and repeated it in January 2002 this time for Robbie Blake.
'I would always envisage trying to break transfer records, said Coyle
'But the bottom line is that wouldn't be down to me, that would be down to the finance involved.
'There are players out there who, I think, would be in that bracket.
'The difficulty within it is that, if it was £1m, after paying that, is what their personal terms would be.
'So it's about what the whole package is going to cost you.
'That's where the bits and pieces of trying to be ahead of the game on the football side of it comes in, trying to know who is available and what they're available at, and what the personal terms would be.
'Because the bottom line would be there'd be no point in taking it any further if it's going to be out of the realms of possibility.'
'Budgets are always flexible. At the end of the day, even with regards to salary, if you don't get a player, then that money might become available for whatever reason, so there's not a hard and fast ruling that you've got £1m to spend or £10m to spend.
'I'll go and target a few players, and if I feel that if some are achievable, if we can get to it then we'll take that on.
'I'm not looking to pin anyone down to the exact amount of money available, because things change daily in a football club.
'The club lost £4m last year, so you have to understand that as well.
'But if we want to take it on, which we do, and further the team and the club's ambition, then we need an injection of some players into the squad that are better than what we've got, with younger legs, enthusiasm and a bit of vibrancy.'
The gaffer also intimated he has already started the process with some offers under consideration by unnamed players:
'I've targeted players and I've already made some offers on the basis of that, and we'll see what happens.
'We've said from day one we do need to get some players in.
'I want to get some younger legs into the team, but that will come at a cost.
'The reason I say that is that, if you look back over the years, when money has been spent, I think, with all due respect to the players involved, it's been spent on players whose value, at the age their at, there's more chance of it depreciating rather than appreciating.
'I think if we are going to spend money on players, we would hope they're a good age and can get better, and that value would be an asset as opposed to depreciating, and not ever getting the chance to recover that.
'But I have had three or four meetings with representatives, I've put a couple of offers in to clubs already, and we'll wait and see what comes back.'
Fine words indeed from an ambitious Owen Coyle but at the moment just like the January transfer window these are just words and Clarets fans are used to disappointments regarding targets not being landed. It really is time now for the gaffer to walk the talk and show he can attract players of the right calibre and quality to the club. If we dont succeed before the season starts, the words will evaporate and Clarets fans will increasingly believe that Coyle may not be saying the right things or suspect that the club salary structure is simply making things impossible. We really must break the mould in this window otherwise we can look forward to another season of small squads and midtable mediocrity.
Date:Saturday May 17 2008
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