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Nixon Now Stirs It Over Blake

Nixon Now Stirs It Over Blake

Robbie Blake is stalling on signing a new contract until he finds out what chance he has of playing first-team football according to Alan Nixon in the Mirror.

Blake is out of contract in the summer and it is understood he has been offered a new deal at Turf Moor but is waiting to see how things develop.

The Clarets look virtually certain of playing Championship football next season barring a miracle and achieving nine points from our remaining three games.

Nixon suggests Blake, now 34 does not want to commit until he can be assured of more regular first team football next season.

He also mischievously suggests that Blake is also waiting to see whether Brian Laws will still be the manager should we be relegated. This obviously plays on the rumoured speculation that Laws and Blake have not seen eye-to-eye recently following the Manchester City match at Turf Moor earlier this month when Blake was substituted at half-time with the Clarets already 5-0 down.

Blake has struggled to make the starting eleven this season, especially the second half and Laws seems to prefer him on the bench.

The truth is that probably Blake is now passed his best and at most he will be an impact sub next season should he sign a new contract.

The question is would any Championship club offer him a more regular place. He certainly seems to find it hard to play a full 90 minutes these days. One does wonder if the problem is more the manager than the playing side at the moment and only time will tell.

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Date:Monday April 19 2010
Time: 1:25PM


I wish it was August !!
19/04/2010 13:53:00
We can discuss what the problems are or who is the problem, whether Its the players, Laws or the board but until some clarification comes from Burnley Football Club as to the future plans for next season, whether we stick with Laws or what players are going to still be at the club tossers like Nixon will stir the S*** and I don't think we will get a statement from the Club until the season has finished.
19/04/2010 14:29:00
Amuses me greatly stories like this because at Christmas it was all about why are we not offering him a contract, yet now its about him not signing the contract! Pure tosh, I like Robbie and would give him a contract for next season in the Championship as he is well capable in that league of 70+ minutes from the start and a better free kick taker than Mears and Fox.......almost got me on a rant...dont start me on dead ball situations!
19/04/2010 16:06:00
In regard to is the problem the manager rather than the playing side. IMO it is the manager, and while he may be a nice guy, I don't think he is the right guy for the job. Lets face it we are all but relegated lets get rid of him now and let ALexander be the caretaker player manager until a suitable replacement can be found. I know you are all going to have a go at me but it is only my opionion and I am a woman after all!! So what do I know!! But we need someone with drive passion and ambition and somebody people want to play for.
19/04/2010 18:52:00
We will see what happens at the end of the season - I do like Robbie and he made a real difference when he came on at the SOL - but as a general rule I dont think he has been on his game this season. Maybe this is because this level has come to late for him? I am not sure.
19/04/2010 20:42:00
Whether Alan Nixon is right or not doesn't really matter. What counts is what Blake and the club agree between themselves and he may have to face facts that Premier League football might be too much for him now. By the way SheC- I don't share your admiration of the Grezzameister but you're entitled to your opinion on here as much as anyone else.
19/04/2010 22:09:00
Everyone must know by now that I am a big admirer of Blake and would like him to stay - especially in the Championship. He can easily go 70 minutes, especially when we get rid of those disgusting shorts that restrict his little legs!! As for him not being good enough, I think that the Premier league has been too much for all our players - hence our relegation. I'm not saying this in a nasty, negative way - I think they battled hard nearly every week, gave us some great days and played good football at times but we just weren't strong enough in the end to keep going. This is no shame, there are only 17 teams a year in the whole country strong enough and we did bloody well to get our shot at it. I think we need to keep as many players as we can for our first season back, for stability reasons and then build from there. I think some of the young reserves look good too -saw them play Manu reserves on TV and they looked to have some great prospects.
20/04/2010 03:50:00
Great post ozjean, agree re Robbie and the 17 teams is a a great way of looking at it especially when you can list teams not in that 17 who think they have a right to be.....Leeds, Newcastle, Charlton, Southampton, Norwich, WBA, Sheffield both, Middlesborough, Derby County and I am sure there are more that think the club they support should be in the top 17.......Portsmough Hull and WHU!
20/04/2010 08:40:00
It's about time people thought Burnley should have the right to be there too and stop accepting second-best all the time! Sorry I couldn't give one fig about these other teams, most of which will come back into the Premier League eventually despite in some cases having suffered administration. 33 years for us to get back, all the other clubs mentioned above have been there in the last ten years or so. Some folk I think need a reality check and ask themselves why Coyle left and why we couldn't do better than Laws. Former Reading boss Steve Coppell will be named as Bristol City's new manager this week, BBC Radio Bristol understands. Christ what the hell have they got that we havent?
20/04/2010 09:01:00
Not sure I agree with keeping most of the squad ozjean, some yes by all means but my problem is that the players are either unproven at Championship level or that level is their limit. Fine if we want to be midtable or avoid relegation but not good if we mean business and want to get promoted and more importantly try and stay up. We know to our cost that to do that we will need players with Prem potential or if not be prepared to spend the dosh to get them if we get promoted. A lot will depend next season on how much money the manager gets in the close season to rebuild the squad but I would like to see a significantly refreshed squad and we might be forced to do this anyway with Mears, Fletcher, Eagles etc probably not staying. We certainly also need to get rid of any players who have shown disloyalty to Laws and any deadwood
20/04/2010 11:30:00
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