Clarets Falling On Their Essien!
A report in the People today by Alan Nixon reveals that the Clarets refused to pay more than £60/week to a potential young apprentice named Michael Essien. Yes the Michael Essien! The 26 year old Chelsea and Ghana International back four and midfield utility player.
Why? Because the apprentice policy at the club at the time was fixed at a maximum of £60/week.
The fact is revealed in Brendan Flood's new book,Big Club, Small Town and Me published by TH Media, Derbyshire
'I discovered Michael Essien had been on trial here for a few days.One of the best players in the World Cup - and we hadn't signed him.The club policy meant we wouldn't pay an apprentice more than 60 quid a week.It smacked me in the face that the problem was a lack of communication within the club that stopped our youth guys making an exception to the rule.'
Well who cares!? Oh fecking hell!!!!!!!!