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Rumour Mill-Coyle wants our Key Players & Targets

Brendan Flood was recently on record assuring Clarets fans that our disgraced former manager, Owen Coyle would not be allowed to raid our players and take them to Bolton in the January transfer window. The suggestion was this would form part of the compensation agreement and would block any attempts by Coyle to come in for his personal favourites.

What Clarets fans of course don't know is how strongly some of the players would feel about staying at Turf Moor when there was a possibility of moving to Bolton to work under our former manager. There must surely now follow a test of loyalty for some of our players, even if that comes in the summer when no doubt Cloyle will come a poaching again. We shall have to hope by then Bolton are relegated and we have survived. Our players surely won't then be tempted to move to a Championship club!

I hope also that the players take heed of Graham Alexander who said recently after Coyle made the sideways move to Bolton:

'We played under him but we have not played for him. We play for Burnley and that's what we've got to take on.'

I guess it is inevitable that the press will still continue to speculate and the News of the World today suggest Coyle wants to take both Tyrone Mears and Chris Eagles to the Reebok.

They even go as far as suggesting that talks involving a part swap for Bolton's right-back Joey O'Brien are already underway.

In another article in the same paper, Coyle also seems hellbent on scuppering our plans of bringing in Arsenal midfielder, Jack Wilshere and wants instead for him to go to Bolton.Coyle whilst at Burnley had an agreement with Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger to take the midfielder to Turf Moor for the rest of the season. Everton also are believed to be interested along with West Ham.

In a further attempt to rub our noses in it, there are also reports that Coyle will try and bring David Nugent to the Reebok as well.

Is there any way of stopping this monster and getting him off our backs forever? The answer of course is no in a very unfair world that is football. I just hope Flood's words were true and we can at least stop this miserable sneak from raiding our larder in the current January window.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 10 2010

Time: 9:31AM

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What a ********! Words fail me
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10/01/2010 09:33:00

Tmp - no sleep for the virtuous website manager in these troubled times!!! Also up early(ish) I posted thoughts on this rumour on your Turfection story of today before you got this one up. P.S. I am not sure that words ever fail you!!! You are certainly very good at getting them up on this site in good time. Keep going.
Couch Potato
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10/01/2010 09:40:00

Let's face it, if its OK for the manager to abandon Burnley, what chance the players will be somehow more loyal. He knows exactly what's required to prise them away as he knows exactly what's in their contracts at Burnley. This story could very easily have been taken from a Clarets messageboard though in fairness.
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10/01/2010 10:01:00

By the way, Nugent isn't our player and we're not willing to stump up the cash to sign him so fair enough if he wants to go and player for a manager who hardly plays him anyway. Wilshire likewise. Though the story about Mears and Eagles is the potetially worrying one....though it is just a story, I'd back Flood's judgment on this.
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10/01/2010 10:03:00

Personally Id take a punt on Nugent and with the compensation money bring him to the club permanently and stick one up Coyle. I still reckon not being given funds to buy Nugent could have been one of the things that led to Coyle jumping ship.
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10/01/2010 10:10:00

I am sure we could all see this coming. Managers have their favourites and will go back to their old clubs to sign players that have done a good job for them previously. When we took Stan from Bury ( probably in similar circumstances to this) he went back and took Stretch, Lenny, Swanny, Jepson and probably a few more. It is what happens. I do agree with above comments regarding January though, I hope that we can keep all players away from Bolton this month. If we have stayed up, any summer sales will in theory give us to reinvest the money into transfers which are the pick of the new man.
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10/01/2010 10:18:00

I have only seen this story on a "2nd rate website" and not seen anything from a national newspaper. Probably not much in it as Flood would be a fool to claim there is a block if there is not.
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10/01/2010 10:24:00

Regarding Wilshire et al. My concern is that if Steve Davis is also out of the who i there currently to oversee any transfer / loan dealings? It just reinforces how bad a time it is to be leaderless and what a vulnerable state we are in. What a time to be going to Man United !!
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10/01/2010 10:30:00

Without meaning to sound like Mick Mccarthy :-), is it a bad time to be going to OT? We would struggle to get a result their anyway and a defeat their would not be a tragedy. I would be more concerned if it was a 'must-win/not lost' game against a relegation scrapper. As for Wilshere, I cannot see Wenger letting him go to Coyle at Bolton - they do not play the right football ( currently). Having said that, I didnt think Owen would go Bolton either!
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10/01/2010 10:35:00

My impression was if Wilshere didn't come to Burnley he would be off on loan to West Ham. That seemed to be the situation before the Coyle saga began. Would think the Hammers would stand a better chance of getting him than Bolton. Wilshere said recently he would be keen on a move to his boyhood heroes West Ham United(Daily Mirror) and of course he wouldn't have to up sticks and move up North
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10/01/2010 10:40:00

You make two good points cd about Wenger not letting Wilshere go to Bolton, and it being better playing united rather than a must win game.
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10/01/2010 10:41:00

Trouble is all games are 'must win' when yoiu are 2 points off dropzone and everytime we dont, the next one becomes an even more must win game! We have to go out and try and beat United despite the odds in my opinion. They are on a poor run of form at the moment and even Leeds United can beat them at Old Trafford
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10/01/2010 10:45:00

I dont disagree with that Phil - and I am sure we will still go and try to win at United.
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10/01/2010 10:51:00

They are on a poor run of form but that's away from home. There home form is still very good (lost one drawn one all season). Of course I too want to win every game, however I don't expect to. Not having a manager might not make a difference at Old Trafford because we are expected to lose anyway. However Stoke at home for instance, a game we are expected to win/draw, not having a manager could result in a loss which would be more damaging than that at Old Trafford. This is all academic anyway as i think we will announce a manager by Tuesday; Wednesday at the latest.
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10/01/2010 10:52:00

In fact could that be an idea for a poll? When we will appoint by?
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10/01/2010 10:54:00

I just put a new Poll up CC2 on front page so will have to let that run a bit, suggest you start one in Backchat Burnley forum. You can also put up polls in there. You just choose 'New Poll' instead of 'New Thread' and follow your nose
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10/01/2010 10:58:00

Cheers tmf. I have just added the poll to the Backchat Burnley forum so everyone can vote.
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10/01/2010 11:08:00

Oh please lets just hope that he who sahll not be named isn't allowed to poach any BFC players during the January transfer window.
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10/01/2010 12:55:00

It takes the ****!
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10/01/2010 14:11:00

They are under contract to play for Burnley but nothing surprises me now Coyle will stop at nothing to sink us further.
Grimsby Claret
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10/01/2010 16:42:00

I wonder what Eagles would think, by no means has he been an automatic choice at Burnley. He didn't start at Wembley or at the start of season. Nugent isn't our player so he will go where he can get first team football, but he wasn't Coyles first pick again! Hmm. Mears I could see, he is a bit mercenary. Lets see how we go.
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10/01/2010 21:26:00

I will always be a claret... Whether it is in the premier league or League 2... I truly believe we will be okay, there is no way the club would let the entire 1st team staff leave, without having something in place... I wish Dobbo and Pash all the best in the short term they are in charge.
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11/01/2010 05:01:00

Regarding Wilshere, Arsene Wenger will NOT allow him to go THERE on loan. He despises them and their hoofballers. Coyle will not change THAT overnight so there's no chance. I have to laugh when I hear all these Bolton fans saying "we want a change of style." What utter tosh! They were happy enough when Fat Sam's longball, leg-breaking, in-their-faces approach, when it was picking up points. Sammy Lee tried to get them to play football as opposed to clogging it and look what happened there. I hope this bites Coyle up the bum.
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11/01/2010 08:06:00

I think you are maybe a Claret in disguise julie. Keep it up!
Couch Potato
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11/01/2010 08:14:00

Ha, Ha. Gooner through and through CP but I do admit to having a big soft spot for Burnley these past couple of seasons and it's cranked up a bit since this whole debacle! For Coyle to leave for his reasons is one thing but to walk out the door, then bring on a whole lot of staff out of Burnley with the possibility of trying then to RAID Burnley additionally for players is just unbelievable to me. I know people put their CVs first but to have talked about loyalty and integrity, lead a club through thick and thin, then within a couple of weeks set in motion a chain of events to basically kick that club in the teeth, is a mentality I can't comprehend. If an internal management level dispute has occurred that's one thing but what have Burnley fans ever done on Owen Coyle except to revere and appreciate and support him?? I've said it before and I'll say it again- thank god for our own manager Arsene Wenger-the only manager in the game that puts the club before his own personal gain. Madrid can't prise him off us for love nor money and when he does finally go, whether up to the boardroom or to manage France, I know he will seek to leave AFC in the best position possible for the future. Boy am I dreading it when he does go eventually. That kind of loyalty will never be seen again. Tough times for you at the mo and under the circumstances not a good time to be off to OT. But fingers crossed, something magic happens and the players do you (and us!) a big service!
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11/01/2010 10:26:00

I used to work with someone called Julie who supported Arsenal though I'm not sure THAT Julie ever nailed her colours to Thierry Henry quite as vociferously, it would appear, 'OUR' Julie has done with her Vital soubriquet. However, I reckon our Gooner cousin talks a lot of sense and should, in my opinion, be placed in immediate charge of loan signings ( out ) at The Emirates.
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11/01/2010 17:34:00

BREAKING NEWS It looks like there will be no programmes on sale for the next home game against Chelsea as all the program sellers have jumped ship and gone to the Reebok
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11/01/2010 18:07:00

Haven't heard that one before. Think you got the spelling of programme right the first time but not the second. But it was quite a long sentence to remember.
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11/01/2010 18:44:00


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