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Hands off Tyrone Mears, Sunderland!

Hands off Tyrone Mears, Sunderland!

Sky Sports were earlier tonight fuelling speculation that Tyrone Mears was a target for Sunderland. They understood Sunderland gaffer, Steve Bruce was in talks with Burnley regarding our right back

The club's official website have consequently been forced to make an official statement which reads.

'Burnley Football Club can confirm that contrary to media reports, the club is not in talks with Sunderland over the potential transfer of full-back Tyrone Mears'

With one day left of the transfer window which closes at 5pm on Monday 1st February, late deals of course remain a possibility.

If there is any truth in this rumour and we lose Mears at such a vital stage of the season, we will know once and for all that this club is only thinking of being in the Championship next season and has given up any thought of showing some ambition to survive in the top flight!

It will be a shame considering it has taken 33 years to get back where we belong!

We are third from bottom and fighting for survival, surely this club can't be that naive as to sell our best asset at this crucial time?

We will hear all the same old excuses if he does go about how wonderful we are to remain debt free and how we refuse to break our third-rate salary cap to retain him. What sort of message will that send out to the fans and players alike?

If we want to compete with the big boys in the top league in Europe we have to start acting like them and it that means going into debt than sobeit since every other club in the League is at a competitive advantage by being so.

Show some grit Burnley FC! Sunderland are just 3 points ahead of us in 13th place; they are a rival in the dogfight to avoid the drop! Who in their right mind would let a full back not so along ago being talked about as a future England international go to such a club?

If we hear that Mears wants to go, we will know why. Nothing to keep him at Burnley FC

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Date:Sunday January 31 2010
Time: 11:41PM


I will be absolutely furious if we lose any of our key players tomorrow and have to listen to the usual tired old excuses!
31/01/2010 23:48:00
As this is Mears first season he must be under contact for another couple of years at least. I would have thought therefore that he will stay at least until the end of the season as we would still be able to get a large transer fee for him then if he wanted to go. Can't see him wanting to go mid-season to another relegation club - mind you after Coyle I'll believe anything! Burnley has always had to sell to survive and that won't change - it is just a case of who and when and making sure the club is in control. This is more difficult these days when players have all the power and can simply refuse to play (they should be done for breach of contract). Running a club, especially now, has to be as debt free as possible otherwise they will simply go out of business because the loan providers and creditors (especially the tax office!) are not prepared to carry the debt, except in the huge clubs with the massive cash flows which they use to cover their business debt as well. Even the clubs with mega-rich benefactors are feeling the pinch as they have lost the 'mega' bit. Although it may seem unambitious now, in the next year or so a debt free club will be a massive advantage because we will be the only ones able to afford new players as the banks and owners increasingly have to reduce debt and interest payments by flogging not only the silverware but the tin plate as well. The example of Portsmouth is just the beginning and many more will follow. Notice in this transfer window Burnley are one of the few clubs to buy anyone who requires a transfer fee - most of the others are loans or cheapies or nothing at all. The global financial crisis is a massive advantage for Burnley as other clubs have to now operate like we do and we are better at it than them! Up the Clarets!!
01/02/2010 00:27:00
No offence lads but we are hoping on Wearside this rumour has no legs at all. He may be your best player but we can do a lot better than Tyrone Mears if we want to get into the top 10 this season.
01/02/2010 01:04:00
I am not sure how you work that one out Gaz and can only think you have not seen him play much this season.I think you might have to worry more about being in the bottom than the top ten at the moment. Who you going to buy Glen Johnson or Luke Young?
01/02/2010 07:10:00
...or Alan Hutton? Tottenham and Scotland defender Alan Hutton will sign for Sunderland as Steve Bruce seeks a breakthrough in solving his right-back problems.(Daily Mirror-Mon 1st Feb)
01/02/2010 07:28:00
I disagree with this article tmp. I don't want to see the club going for broke in a bid to retain premiership status. List of clus who have fallen foul of doing so: Bradford, Leeds, Norwich, Charlton, Southampton, Crystal Palace, Portsmouth and there are probably more. Just because we do not want to end up like these clubs does not meean we have a lack of ambition. Also, what if Sunderland offered something like £6million for Mears? Would it not be good business to accept the offer? £550000 profit in six months? Would he be wirth anywhere near as much should we be relegated and is he going to single handedly keep us up? No and no!
01/02/2010 08:03:00
Tmf would sell the ranch. Barry Kilby has said many times he wont do that. ClaretClaude and Ozjean's comment make sense to a lot of us.
01/02/2010 08:42:00
I cant understand people urging us to go millions of pounds into debt because ' everyone else is' - look at the examples of some of the clubs listed above. And even closer - this season - Pompey may not have a club this time next month! Kilby and Flood will do what they think is right for the club.
01/02/2010 09:01:00
Think we will probably hang on to Mears until the end of the season. After that, who knows but reckon he will probably move to a club in the Midlands if anywhere.
01/02/2010 09:11:00
Laughable every club in the Prem League are in debt and all we hear about are the few that have failed when the vast,VAST majority survive and show ambition! Given up to be honest, we are a Championship side and determined to remain one! Yeah fine let's give up on trying everything we can to keep up in the top flight in Europe, something that has taken 33 years to achieve. Let's go back to gates of 11,000 and all our players leaving for Bolton. Fine let's rebuild a team again and start the pleading poverty all over again. £60 million for getting promoted and we spend peanuts. Joke
01/02/2010 09:12:00
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