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So Who Will Still be Claret?-by TMP

So Who Will Still be Claret?-by TMP

Well already we have said goodbye to a number of the youth team who managed to make it to the first team bench eg Crossley, Hanley, Pugh and Reilly.

Gifton Noel-Williams who never really settled at the club has been shifted off to Brighton on loan and I cant see him returning [or if he does, remaining and starting with the club in 2006/7]

Our only player out of contract this close season will be Graham Branch, a long serving player of the club. He is a useful utility player and I would hope we could sign him for at least one more season.

I have some doubts that Frank Sinclair although still under contract might make it, whilst an excellent solid defender he does tend to be injury prone and keen to get booked! He is also not getting any younger! Please dont go though Frank!

Steve Cotterill has made an announcement recently that all the team are quote 'playing for their shirts' so it remains to be seen if we have more of a clear out. We are continually told we have the smallest squad in the League though and we seem to have played the 'pleading poverty' card once too often in the past.

Very positive noises though now appear to be coming out of the Club and we are told that all debts have been paid off. The Club also appears to be saying they have ambition more and more and I sense this time they actually do have particularly after securing Steve's services for another 4.5 years and bringing in the likes of Andy Gray and Alan Mahon.

The coup bringing in Andy Gray over the heads of Derby, Leeds and Preston must say something for the club, so much so that Andy said himself recently:

'Some people might question if I would want to get back into the Premiership after my time at Sunderland, but I want to get promoted with Burnley in my time here and I wouldn't have joined if they weren't ambitious'

There are also rumours circulating that as part of Steve's new contract which he signed recently, significant funds would be released to him for squad building . The process already seems to have started with Andy Gray and Alan Mahon coming on board.

Dave Edmundson, our Chief Exceutive recently gave an excellent positive reply to a number of questions raised by Vital Burnley's Site Editor [MattBFC] thus further confirming that the word ambition was now being not just 'talked' but also 'walked'! A summary of the Interview was posted on this site

Chairman, Barry Kilby will have another chance to demonstrate this hopefully as he responds to a number of questions provided by Clarets fans at a Clarets Trust Members meeting following the QPR match next Saturday [5pm Foundation Lounge 8/4/06-Full details provided elsewhere]

However returning to the question, who else leaves remains to be seen I do hope though that whoever goes will be replaced and added to and we cease to be one of the smallest squads in this Division. The omens look good!

So who do you think might not make it for the Clarets by the start of the 2006-7 Season? What are you thinking Steve?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Sunday April 2 2006
Time: 1:24PM


Since I posted the above a number of folk have mentioned other players they think might not make it especially the midfielders where compeition is now the greatest with Alan Mahon now on board. Micah Hyde, has had a relatively disappointing season and other clubs have shown interest in him . Garreth O'Connor has struggled recently and didnt even make the sub's bench in the last game against Owls. The other player who has yet to make any impression is Danny Karbassiyoon who was out for most of the season through injury but failed to show any promise in the few games I saw him play in. Interesting times, all I ask is that we bring in more than we let go and get a decent size squad for a change
03/04/2006 10:28:00
would have to disagree with you there phil. I think that Hyde has once again been one of the most consistent players we have. Its like the unsung hero, he does things that you dont necessarily see, but he plays to a consistent standard. I for one hope he will be here next season
03/04/2006 15:00:00
Micah Hyde has had some great games but he has been culpable on a number of occasions giving away silly passes that has led to the other lot scoring. I agree these sort of 'midfield generals' tend to be solid and not high profile,its just I thought his mistakes were more noticeable and more serious this season. He has suffered from injury recently but he is also the only one of the midfield not to have scored this season which is also surprising . I wouldnt want to see Micah go but if the competition is high for places in midfield and the club could make money out of selling him, I am not sure I would be that shocked.
03/04/2006 15:59:00
Micah is someone i wouldnt judge on goals. How many does Makelele score? I agree that he may have been responsible for a few mistakes this season, so bad was the run we had, who wasnt? I would say that we need to keep him, as he is sometimes the lynchpin that we need.
03/04/2006 16:46:00
I think I would agree with everything you say Patch, I suppose I am playing devil's advocate and putting the seed at the back of folk's mind that Hyde could be an attractive proposition to other clubs and SC might feel the money to be gained from his sale, might be worth it, if this could be used to build the squad in other areas or indeed put towards a more prolific goal-scoring midfielder? I actually think though that Hyde is one of the few midfielders we have who you could describe as a defensive midfielder, and if he were to go we would certainly need a player of similar ilk to take on the mantle of midfield general like Hyde and Grant before him!
03/04/2006 17:32:00
Living away from the Turf and occasionally seeing some matches live on TV do not make in a position to talk about the performance of the players . On the strength of the last match I saw against Norwich ,I notice that they are a better team than previously . Their recent dismal performances losing 6 matches at a row was very difficult to digest . I like the way Gray scored the first goal for his new club . He was vet much well composed and coolly scored in the presence of about four Norwich players . The foundation stone has been laid and let watch the future which I believe should be good,
04/04/2006 12:42:00
As you totally gutted our midfield from last season - can we have 2 out of the 3 back please? Wader and Gaz but you can keep John "I'm too good for league 1" Spicer :D
05/04/2006 12:58:00
In a word, er nope! We will take Hayter off your hands though!
05/04/2006 17:49:00
should you have sold Ade though? or was there no choice?
06/04/2006 20:03:00
Well it wrecked our season but how could you turn down that amount of money for a 31-year old? We have used some of it wisely already with Gray/Mahon coming on board so here's hoping for 06/7!
07/04/2006 18:31:00
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