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Did Coyle have the Sir AleX- Factor?

A frank admission by Burnley Chief Executive, Paul Fletcher today suggests that even Sir Alex Ferguson would have struggled to do a better job than Brian Laws after the devastation Coyle left behind.

According to Fletcher the way things happened over Christmas and New Year had a massive impact on the club.

Fletcher speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph has been coming out in support of Brian Laws who has been under some pressure recently following criticism by some supporters. The Clarets have managed just one win in eleven league games since his appointment in January this year so it is perhaps not unexpected or unreasonable for some fans to be asking whether this was the right appointment.

There was also an outrageous report in the Sun last week suggesting the Board were already looking for a replacement for Laws. This was flatly denied by Burnley FC with Barry Kilby describing the article as 'a ludicrous, irresponsible, damaging and inaccurate piece of journalism`

The online version of the damaging article was also soon taken down, no doubt following complaints by the club and it will be interesting to see if they take any further legal action against the paper.

It is clear however that the club are now putting our misfortunes in 2010 mainly down to Owen Coyle leaving in the January window

"I don`t think any of us expected that we`d have to deal with as much off the pitch as on it this season, with the unexpected disappointment we had at Christmas," Fletcher told the Lancashire Telegraph.

"We know managers come and go but to lose seven or eight staff was something we did not anticipate and was really tough to deal with.

"Brian was left with a massive job to do and I`m not sure Sir Alex Ferguson could have done any better.'

If we could have afforded Sir Alex that would certainly have made an interesting 'Fantasy Football' experiment.

I just wonder how these highly rated managers would cope if they had to work with the budgets that Brian Laws and his predecessors have had to work with over the years at Burnley FC. On a level playing field would the likes of Sir Alex, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger be able to do much better if they couldn't afford to bring Ronaldo, Drogba and Fabregas to the club?

I would think that really would be a challenge for them and it is just a pity that we will never get an answer to that intriguing question.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 23 2010

Time: 2:00PM

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I cant wait to see some comments about this one! ;-)
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23/03/2010 14:12:00

I agree with Fletchers' assesment of the situation. We were on a hiding to nothing after the appallingly timed defection. I still think Laws is slowly turning things around , I just wish he had more games left than we have. A good performance against Rovers with hopefully the right result will still keep us in the 'maybe' zone. The more I think about Coyle, the less I want to think about Coyle.
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23/03/2010 14:26:00

I suspect the main aspect to Coyle leaving must have been the effect on the players. our performances on the pitch have certainly not been as good since Judas jumped ship, especially at home. It is difficult to know how much of this is down to the manager and his ability to motivate and how much down to the players and their ability to get over Coyle leaving and appreciate a new way of working. The signs looked good against Wigan but that sucker punch must have demoralisd the players, so BL once more has a job on his hands to raise spirits for Sunday! What would Sir Alex do differently I wonder!! (Cough)
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23/03/2010 14:35:00

Working on a budget? That's Wengers forte chaps, he would've done ok - but not necessarily in one season. You need a span of time to build an empire. Wenger is the only manager to oversee the club building and moving to a new stadium out of its own pocket without the club being relegated, I'm sure he coulda done the trick. But then, I would say that wouldn't I?! Still time though, you could escape relegation if West Ham continue their dire run of form.
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23/03/2010 14:49:00

Most definitely tmp, we all know how things can change when a new boss comes in, in any walk of life. We were gutted, so how did the players feel ? The signs were there in the Stoke and Wolves matches, and the Wigan performance was almost there. Is the next match going to be the one to actually get there? Ferguson would bring in Rooney and maybe Carrick without a second thought about the overdraft :-)
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23/03/2010 14:57:00

Owen Coyle was a good motivator Brian laws is getting there, ime a sports physio, i have been rehabilitating a Potts fracture to the tibia. A potts fracture is what Owen Coyle left burnley with, With brian laws to put things Back together, a blinking nightmare. support him and his team they are doing a good job
Albmaleaf claret
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23/03/2010 16:45:00

I agree with every ones comments to a degree. Judas and his traitors esp Steve Davis after all this Club has done for him dont get me started stabbed us all in the back. Brian Laws has had his work cut out, this would be a difficult task for any manager.
Grimsby Claret
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23/03/2010 16:51:00

Very much so - The real time to judge Laws will probably be Xmas, whichever division we are in.
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23/03/2010 17:41:00

I see ******** fans have sold out for the game on Sunday, I don't think the Clarets have, I think thats telling you something.
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23/03/2010 19:11:00

Yes, I was wondering why we had not sold out too although a 12pm start on a Sunday is not ideal for a lot
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23/03/2010 19:16:00

I know how I took it when Coyle left, I can't imagine what it must have been like for the players who had bought into the whole Coyle experience. I as a supporter believed in him, if your footballing career had been shaped around believing in him and he leaves and takes all the backroom staff with him.....professional is just a word, real feelings and emotions imo would be shot. I despise Coyle for his timing and his obvious lies.......nurse
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24/03/2010 07:42:00

Fed Up - They have 2k to sell, we have 20k - Thats the first thing it tells you.
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24/03/2010 08:46:00

We will sell out.
Grimsby Claret
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24/03/2010 09:09:00

we will defo sell all our tickets claretdale makes a very good point we do have 18 thousand more tickets to sell
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24/03/2010 21:48:00

Like the way you made that point Dale :-)
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24/03/2010 23:21:00

Official site now saying we are close to a sell-out
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25/03/2010 13:00:00

As someone said earlier in the week ( cant remember who and which thread) - I still expect us to sell out. However many of us are there - Make it loud and make it hostile ( in the right way). Give the lads all the backing we possibly can and if we do go a goal down, do not give up/turn on them!
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25/03/2010 13:23:00


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