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Unsworth Leaves Burnley

David Unsworth has turned down the offer of a player/coaching role at Turf Moor and will now leave the club to seek a playing role elsewhere.

The 34-year-old defender made 31 appearances for the Clarets last season following his arrival on a free transfer from Wigan Athletic.

Unsworth's one-year deal expired this summer but Owen Coyle was willing to offer a dual player and coaching role.

The former Everton and England defender has however expressed a desire to extend his playing career and therefore will become a free agent from July 1.

It is probably no surprise to Clarets fans that Unsworth eventually turned us down after taking many weeks to come to a decision, probably exploring other options.

Clarets gaffer Owen Coyle said:

'David still wanted to play at the highest level possible and I fully understand that.

'However, we cannot guarantee him a first team place at Burnley and we made that clear.

'There was an offer on the table that would have meant David taking a significant hit financially, but equally would have given him the opportunity to move into coaching

'However, after having a chat we have amicably decided on a parting of the ways

'I am genuinely sorry to see David go.

'He is a true professional and a really good guy and he leaves with all our best wishes.'




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday June 30 2008

Time: 4:03PM

Your Comments

Not really unexpected, always felt he would turn us down after taking weeks to decide
turfmanphil
Yeah, I hoped he would stay another year playing. Would have been a good squad player for us. Anyway good luck big man.
smitrit
Yep,shame really.He could have really brought on the young guns and shared his vast experience here but it wasnt't to be.
turfmanphil
Bit of a fool at his age, cannot have long left of his playing career.
Tiny T
Well he seems, young at heart and looked solid enough for us last season. Still one to two seasons in him I would think but probably at a lower level if he wants to play on a regular basis
turfmanphil
 

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