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Coyle wants to be a Millionaire Record Breaker

Coyle wants to be a Millionaire Record Breaker

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
Time: 9:06AM


Actions not words are now the order of the day for the increasingly suspicious Clarets fans
17/05/2008 09:08:00
Again its good to hear positives coming from the manager especially the mention of bids put in and even better news is that he is looking at younger players. If we buy players at 19 - 21 for a million, then if we do need a big cash injection later on, these type of players can be sold for a bigger fee if they prove to be quality signings and are coached correctly. We do however need to finally see the talk followed through.
17/05/2008 09:18:00
I really want Coyle to succeed, but the Jan window was a real disappointment for me after all the hype. He has to put up or shut up this time round I feel. Let's really hope he pulls it off this time
17/05/2008 09:39:00
Now is the time. He should now have settled in at Burnley and this will be his first pre season, so I'm sure he will be doing everything he can to have his own team ready for the new season. Well I hope so. If not, then its a question of what exactly is the problem? Is it so hard to get players to come to Burnley? Is it a problem with the board? Is it just a case of bad luck with our choice of managers due to them not being able to convince players to come here?
17/05/2008 10:23:00
He hasnt even managed to convince Scottish players to come here yet or players from the lower divisions on lower salaries anyway. Jury is out, lets hope the verdict is not guilty
17/05/2008 10:44:00
thats some big money and a statement of intent
17/05/2008 12:18:00
We apparently have had quite a lot of money for a while to be spent, but nothing gets spent due to being outbid by other clubs or not matching the selling clubs valuations. Both SC and OC seem to either undervalue players or try to stretch their money out as far as possible.
19/05/2008 11:09:00
A problem for clubs when they get into a bidding war, at what point do you pull out of the bidding. Do you pay more than a player is worth to get your man?
24/05/2008 02:09:00
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