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Dullest January Transfer Window in Ages

Dullest January Transfer Window in Ages

The January transfer window has closed without much excitement at Turf Moor

The Premier League though will grant applications from clubs to complete transactions after the deadline today if there is email confirmation from the two clubs involved that a deal has been agreed in principle. This concession has been given to clubs to sign players after the 5pm deadline due to the adverse weather conditions today. The snow falling today has brought chaos to many regions of Britain,most noticeably in the South East affecting the ability of players to travel to new potential clubs to sign deals.

The Clarets are not believed to be involved in any deals post-deadline so we successfully appear to have retained Chris Eagles, Chris McCann and Wade Elliott, three players rumoured to be interesting Premier League sides.

Stoke City in particular were thought today to have put in a bid for Chris McCann, a figure by all accounts that fell well short of Burnley's valuation but after that rebuff they seemed to have thankfully lost interest

Although the January window is effectively closed and permanent deals are no longer possible the Club will still be able to sign players on emergency loan from next week.

This could be important with Owen Coyle keen to bring in another defender on loan. Celtic's Darren O'Dea is believed to be his target but we shall see what happens on that score.

So what must be the dullest transfer window on record as far as the Clarets are concerned has come to an end, with three players going out on loan (Jones Bradford Extension, Kiraly and van der Schaaf) with just Rhys Williams coming in on loan from Middlesbrough until the end of the season.

Sense of both relief and frustration I guess!

Many thanks to Burnley FC for use of photo

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Date:Monday February 2 2009
Time: 6:05PM


Dull January but we have to be thankful for small mercies!
02/02/2009 18:10:00
OC seemed concerned that he may have lost players in the transfer window with bids for Eagles, McCann and possibly Elliot. If any of these had gone it would have been a catastrophe as Burnley didn't appear to have any replacement deals in place. Odds on one or more of these will go in the summer with a further fall in gates as a result.
03/02/2009 12:27:00
All depressing stuff and the sun seems to be struggling to come up for the New Dawn! Would be such a disappointing end to finish in midtable once more and if we do I think fans may have to decide whether they are happy for this to happen every season or whether they want the Board to go the extra mile. The only upside at the moment is that we are playing it seems more attractive, attacking football but then it counts for nothing if we leak goals at the back because they are all knackered
03/02/2009 12:58:00
We have let 3 players go , in Kiraly , Jones and Van der Shaff who between them have totalled less than 90 mins on the pitch and brought in a player in Williams that i'd expect to feature regular for the remainder of the season , plus we have sold NO regular 1st team players , very positive in my veiw !!
Bernie Lee
03/02/2009 13:00:00
It's certainly positive we have held on to all our key players and for once not done a 'good bit of business'. I hope you are right that Williams and maybe one other loan to come, do the business in the back four and we can avoid the traditional slide down the table and maintain our play-offs hopes. Berisha and Van der Schaaf, I believe would have been useful additions to have at this moment in time but hey ho,let's see what happens without 'em. No problem with Jones & Kiraly going out on loan
03/02/2009 13:08:00
People have to except the fact that we are a small club and we need to sell to survive , it's the nature of the beast , if the board think as fans when it comes to selling , then we are in the dog doo , they have to think with the long term future of the club in mind , and in my opinion have done some great buisness along with varous managers , selling Blake at a profit enabled us to buy Akinbiyi and selling Ade also at a big profit enabled us to bring in Gray who again we made a superb profit on , as we did with Thomas and brought in Caldwell , Lafferty enabled us to buy , Paterson , Thompson , Eagles and Mcdonald and what fantastic buisness that was , mistakes will be made such as Berisha and Van der Shaff , whom if deemed good enough would have been playing but $hit happens in football , you cannot gaurentee every sgning will be a success , i'm just so glad we are run by people who dont let their hearts rule their heads ! Good players will be sold on , it's always been the case and always will be at this club , this manager is building a younger more viberant squad whilst gaining respect from the footballing world for the brand of football we churn out , whatever happens this season , for me it's been a joy and so very refreshing ! UTC!
Bernie Lee
03/02/2009 13:34:00
Hang on a minute, we don't know that VDS and Bes are no good because we haven't given them any opportunities. It looks like the Board may have been willing to sell Eagles and McCann which would have been really stupid and after the season we are having to not go the extra mile is letting both the players and fans down. Don't forget there are players out of contract this summer and if they go along with Eagles and McCann it will mean starting all over again. I know there are economics involved but it seems the Board are always frightened to just go that little bit extra when it it's needed. I for one do not want to settle for mid table survival every year, just what is the point of having no ambition.
03/02/2009 14:32:00
Well that may be your veiwing of them but the manager and his coaching staff , will have seen Berisha and Van der Shaff enough in training , reserves and behind closed door games to judge both players not to be of the standard they hoped , do you really think they would off load them if they thought for a second , they could do a job ?? Who said the board were willing to sell Eagles and McCann?? Every player at this club is available at the right price as the same at most clubs , but we dont sell for peanuts , that's for sure!! Maybe the fans lack ambition by not getting behind the club in the numbers the performances have deserved !!
Bernie Lee
03/02/2009 14:48:00
There may not have been lots of signings that we all wanted but i think that this may be one of the better january transfer markets we've had in a while. We have managed to keep hold of our star players who have bought us the huge sucess we've already had this season. Also the loan deals out arent as bad as people are making them out to be. Kiraly isnt better than Beast or penny, steve jones would never get into the squad with out attacking options, and i would have thought that sending remco and bes out on loan will boost there confidence hugely and will bring them back as better players, and i also cant see owen coyle not having a recall clause in there loan contracts if our squad is hit by injuries. This will also lower the wages the club pays every week which is key for a small club like ours. Also by sending these guys out on loan it will mean that the young blood can have a go in the team. For example Jay Rodriguez is a local boy and he will want to see burnley in the premiership so bad and his confidence will show on the field when hes playin which is much better than having someone like steve jones playing who will probarbly be playing just to get his wages!.....i believe owen knows what he is doing and is building a squad, all be it smallish, that can challenge anyone in the league. Even new signing Williams thinks "Burnley are the best footballing team in the Championship"....we are proving to everyone that we can do it...UpTheClarets
03/02/2009 15:47:00
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