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Quoting the Laws-On Fletcher & The Drop

Quoting the Laws-On Fletcher & The Drop

'We are still not quite sure where we are with Steven Fletcher,' said Laws. 'We will take it day by day and monitor him.

'Obviously we want him in the team, there is no question of that.

'But we have got to be absolutely sure his mindset is right and he is fit to play. We will make a decision probably on Wednesday.'

Fletcher of course broke a bone in his hand whlst traiing for the Scotland squad last week and missed their midweek friendly against the Czech Republic.

It had been hoped that he could play with a cast or light protection over his hand against Arsenal at the Emirates last Saturday but his hand was just too painful and he failed to make the eighteen.

Hopefully Fletcher will be in contention for a start against Stoke City at Turf Moor on Wednesday night but it could be a tough decision for Laws to make if he is fit. Martin Paterson has played well in the last three games scoring two goals since returning from a long-injury and David Nugent also performed well against Arsenal on Saturday scoring our goal in the 3-1 defeat.

Laws has also been talking about what it would mean for the club if we failed in our battle to stay in the top flight.

'Of course it's going to be disastrous for any team that falls out of the Premier League. Is it a disaster for Burnley?,' questioned Laws

Well at this point after 33 years of trying to get back to the top flight I was hoping he was going to say 'yes' because quite frankly I think we have been slumbering in our attempts to stay up since Day 1 and have been making all the wrong noises and making the wrong judgements.

We should have been saying, we are determined to remain a Premier League side instead of which it's all been about preparing for a return to the Championship in my opinion and that is now being echoed again by Laws when in answer to his own question he replied:

'No it isn't'

I know some of you won't agree but I am sorry the answer should have been 'Yes, it is'

Laws continued with the usual meaningless expression of positivity and ambition:

'We know that we haven't gone and put all of our eggs in one basket. We know that we've got a plan for the future and it's been done well.

'We've planned for both parties, to stay up and eventually if we don't make it. We're very positive about our approach towards staying in the Premier League.

'We want to stay here and we'll give everything possible to do that, but I think there's bigger pressure on other teams than us.'

Really then we should have the same pressure?

Everything possible to do that? Yeah unless it means spending a bit more on quality players to stay up now not waste the money on a load of players that have hardly ever played or never will.

Well I hope all this careful planning keeps us up because if anybody thinks we are going to be well placed next season to make a quick return then they are living in cloud cuckoo land. The Championship gets more and more difficult to get out of every season and £16 million of parachute payments with gates back down to 11,000 is not going to go very far if we have to virtually rebuild the whole team again and manage the cashflow. If we are serious in building a team capable of returning to the top flight and more importantly staying there, then that will cost more money and if the club starts pleading poverty again we are stuffed!

Let us just stay up by playing good quality football on the pitch Brian and get these lads to think about staying up not wondering what they are going to do if we go down.

The club should never have entertained the thought of going down, they should certainly not have been quoting the possibility in their public statements. Sure plan for going down behind the scenes but don't make it sound like you almost relish the prospect!

It's like saying, well try and keep us up but don't worry if you cant' Hogwash!

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Date:Monday March 8 2010
Time: 1:34PM


Sorry but this self-congratulatory bollox of how clever we have been to cover both options cuts no ice with me. Be careful what you ask for! It doesn't matter if we get relegated? Of course it bloody matters
08/03/2010 13:51:00
How are you supposed to back somebody that comes out with a statement like that? he is leaving himself open to criticism, I wonder if he said to the Wednesday fans it would not be a disaster if we went into league one?
08/03/2010 13:59:00
Something else I don't agree with although I can understand why they have done it is to ask folk now to commit to early bird season tickets a month earlier than usual because they know that by April we could be down and the uptake of ST tickets will be poor! Another example of preparing for the drop!!
08/03/2010 14:03:00
Sorry guys, have to disagree. He is right to try to alleviate the pressure. Berra from Wolves was quoted today as saying if they play as well against us as they did against man U then they should win, but he also says that it will be a much more nervous game and this could affect the outcome. We see turgid 0-0 draws at this stage of relegation battles each week. Let's play with some freedom.
08/03/2010 14:23:00
You sound like William Wallace in the film 'Braveheart 'who when asked to show allegiance to the English King whilst being hung,drawn and quatered shouted 'Freedom' and promptly had his head chopped off! ;-) . Pressure I believe is what makes the difference between success and failure, remove the pressure and tell folk it don't matter and they will take you at your word and not put in the effort. They should be fighing on adrenaline fully aware of what relegation actually means and trying to avoid it at all costs. They haven't shown that passion sometimes under Laws
08/03/2010 14:39:00
1. Various people have observed how Pompey started to win once the pressure was off them. 2. Relegation for Hull would be a financial disaster, and they are playing at least as badly as us. 3. Maybe Laws could have said 'Yes of course it would be a disaster in that we all are totally focussed on staying up. But, if we did go down despite our best efforts, it would not be a financial disaster, as it may well turn out to be for any of Bolton, WHU, Sunderland, Hull, Pompey and possibly Wigan. 4. From what I understand, Wolves have set up their finances like ours, to be able to withstand shock, which in almost all businesses is considered to be sound management. 5. Is worrying about something that cannot now be changed anyway going to have a better impact in terms of motivation than doing what Laws is having to do: accept what he inherited and do the best job he can?
Couch Potato
08/03/2010 14:42:00
So it doesn't matter Mr Laws you ask that to the Burnley faithful and I think they will all disagree. Of course it damn well matters. We have had more years of hurt than England. I will give Mr Laws till the end of the season to prove he has the passion, for this club that all the fans have and the drive to take us forward. Come on Mr Laws prove you are a worthy Burnley manager.
08/03/2010 14:47:00
1, I told you fletcher wont play and i doubt he will for 3/4 weeks, its to painfull as i said and far to dangerous with heavey cast and just plain daft to put light cast on. 2, Laws, you are a c*ck, end of, sick of him already, chumpionship here we come.
08/03/2010 14:55:00
Fine once the pressure is off and we are down,Burnley can start playing to win again? Don't see the logic there. Relegation for us would be a financial disaster too, just wait and see what happens if we go down! It might also been less of a financial disaster this season if the Board had not called in their loans of about £7 million and put that instead towards the players in an effort to stay up(Source: Sunday Independent ). Wolves owner, Steve Morgan by the way is now owed £13 million by the club but has not recalled it this season plus it's interest free
08/03/2010 15:02:00
I am not sure Gav we will miss Fletcher that much if Pato and Nuge continue in same vein with Thommo as back-up! Big if though
08/03/2010 15:13:00
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