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Full of Easton Promise but for Accies?

Hamilton Academicals manager Billy Reid wants to keep Burnley on-loan defender Brian Easton beyond the end of the season according to BBC Sport.

'Would we like him to come back here next season? You bet we would,' Reid told BBC Scotland.

Brian Easton was actually signed from Hamilton Academicals by Owen Coyle for an initial fee of £350,000 plus add-ons in July 2009 on a three-year deal.

The 22 year old Scotland Under 21 international left back though failed to establish himself in the Clarets first team this season and made just one starting eleven appearance in the Carling Cup game at Hartlepool back in August 2009. Four unused substitute appearances followed before new manager, Brian Laws decided to send the player out on loan back to his former club.

He therefore rejoined the Accies in January 2010 on loan until the end of the season.

Easton had dropped down the pecking order for the Clarets, especially when Danny Fox was signed in the January transfer window. He found himself behind Kalvenes, Jordan and Fox so a loan move was the sensible option.

With the Clarets looking likely to be relegated back to the Championship this season, Clarets fans will be wondering if Easton still has a future with the club. Kalvenes has since left returning to his native Norway where he may retire from football altogether. That leaves both Jordan who will be out of contract in the summer and Danny Fox.

Jordan has been linked with a move to Bolton and Fox may well feel he should be playing at a higher level than the Championship. Until therefore we know their fate, it is difficult to predict what chance Easton has of breaking through into the first team and making a name for himself.

It would appear though that the Accies are ready to pounce if there is any doubt that Easton would get enough opportunity playing for the Clarets next season.

Easton is currently injured with a knee problem and there is some concern that he may be sidelined for the rest of this season.

'We sent him for a scan yesterday and will wait for the results,' Reid said.

'I think he will certainly miss Saturday's game against Falkirk. I'm hoping it isn't any longer, but I think for Brian it could be 'season over'.'

Easton looks likely therefore to be returning to Turf Moor soon before his future is decided in the summer.

I do hope Easton can make the grade with the Clarets otherwise it will be yet another black mark against Coyle for bringing in players that in the end have contributed little or nothing to our first season in the Premier League. This would be clearly money that in hindsight would have been better spent on players that could have done a job this season to increase our survival chances.

Only if Easton comes on next season and makes the left back spot his own will the investment in him have been justified.


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 22 2010

Time: 5:22PM

Your Comments

I know it's with the benefit of hindsight but Coyle really has a lot to answer for after spending the limited cash we had available on players that have contributed nothing this season. Surely this money would have been better put towards a couple of midfielders with proven Prem experience. Easton,Eckersley, Edgar, Guerrero, van der Schaaf, Penny! What a bloody waste!
turfmanphil
Agree Tmp, but these players were signed by coyle for the future or so we were told and another point how can Laws decide how good they are after three months in charge, and the two signings Laws have brought in dosen't fill me with confidence. This takes me to my next point we keep Laws he builds his squad and gets the boot before chrimbo as a lot of Vital fans are saying and the new manager is left with Laws players! and by the way Tmp I think we know where the premiership money is going could it be the new Cricket field stand.
Fedupclaret
Yeah I was astonished when I read the LT article. "BURNLEY expect to complete the first phase of their ground redevelopment next summer, whether the Clarets stay in the Premier League this season or not. Chief executive Paul Fletcher wants demolition of the David Fishwick (Cricket Field) Stand to start in around 12 months’ time, in the hope that it will be ready in time for the beginning of the 2011/12 campaign. The £15million project is £5m more than the cost predicted when plans for the Turf Moor redevelopment were first unveiled almost three years ago, while the upgrades as a whole are now expected to amount to more than the £20m originally proposed. But, once completed, Fletcher anticipates the StadiArena facility, which will replace the current David Fishwick Stand and incorporate a 60-bedroom hotel, a 450-seater banqueting suite and a 35,000 square foot exhibition hall, to make the club an annual profit of at least £1m. ..." I would think and hope building the squad so we can push for promotion not to mention buying back the Turf/Gawthorpe first would take priority. Superb facilities in League 1 would be a bit silly!
turfmanphil
Amen
Fedupclaret
Double amen, I also think we would lose some of the atmosphere from what I have seen of the plans and how it would look.
sheclaret
I also think they need permission from Burnley Cricket Club before they can do anything.
Fedupclaret
Agree with all the above, especially the atmosphere sheclaret. The 'all seating' stadia have taken a lot of the fun out of watching football. I remember the days when you could start watching the match behind the goal and then walk over to the halfway line for a different view if you felt like it. I know it's called progress, but the squad and promotion should take prority, otherwise what's it all about ?
WelshClaret
If only to keep the debate going, I would suggest that the money for ground devlopement will be a mix of bank mortgages, government grants and investments from other businesses. I doubt whether any of that money would be available for squad development. If the development is indeed being done in partnership with other organisations, they may well include the one that holds ownership of the ground, so paying to buy it back may not make sense if all of the detail is known. I also think it's pretty clear, if you do the sums (as TMP and I did in another thread), that the PL money has been spent on other things, and there's nowt of it left for this project. Moreover, if we did one day slide into League One, having an income stream fro a project of this nature might be a lifesaver. Who knows? It would be good if the club would clear all of this up. And doubtless I will now get my headen bitten off!
Couch Potato
I would have thought that private investment would be the main source of income for a project like this, but noises have been made that the team money might be used. As you say CP , all it takes is for the board to explain where the money is coming from, then we can all bite less heads off.
WelshClaret
I have no problem this going ahead if the investment is coming from elsewhere but if it anyway affects the money available to the manager to build the strongest squad available then its plain wrong with all this preaching about not wanting to go into debt and the like! Our priority has to be entertainment & achievement on the pitch not bricks and mortar
turfmanphil
If entertainment is getting beat 5 - 3 by WHU or 5 0 by Spurs give me whatever it was at Wigan when we battled for 93 minutes. May have missed tmp's definition of entertainement, but I am not sure I was getting much of that in Div 2, Div 1 or even the Championship for long periods....19 games springs to mind. Football is football (cliche'), sometimes a defensive stalemate can be exciting, hence both me and minivr's favourite ever Clarets league away game was Ipswich and a nil nil scoreline.
VinRogue
Investment in infrastructure is completely different to funding for the day to day running of the club and money for players etc. It's a bit like the money you spend to buy a house against the money you spend on food, electricity etc. The former is a solid investment which in time will appreciate in value and is funded entirely differently to the other expenses. Couch Potato is right, Burnley will be able to get separate money for ground facilities using their value as collateral.
ozjean
So are you telling me spending money on players who can also increase in value is not an investment also? Is it not an investment to build a squad with the right number and quality of players that give you the best chance of playing in a League with the greatest financial reward? Are you also telling me that financial institutions would not lend to football clubs to buy assets (ie players) that would give the club the greatest chance of success? Money is money no matter where it comes from and if the infrastructure changes can be done without any implications for squad building than fair enough although if we are talking about using the ground as collateral etc I would prefer we owned it in the first place.
turfmanphil
I reckon there are businesses and banks who'll invest in buildings and hotels ands shops but who won't invest in football nowadays. There's risk in all such things, but football is high risk, and many directors and owners invest (or are certainly urged to invest) without expectation of a return.
Couch Potato
If that is the case then it would be short-sighted, since the success of the Turf redevelopment at the end of the day is also inextricably linked surely to the success of the club as well? The more successful, the more prestige and the more folk might want to use the non-matchday facilities and the more return on the investment they would get?
turfmanphil
Yes tmp, I AM telling you that that there are businesses and banks that will invest in buildings and hotels and not in players. The majority of players, from a financial standpoint, are a bad investment - as are football clubs themselves. A lot of players in whom you invest money provide no return, either financially or on the pitch. Only rarely do you get a cheap gem that you can then sell on for a profit. Financial institutions do risk management and employ actuaries to work out the percentages. Lending to a football club for players on the grounds they MIGHT be more successful, or make the club more successful, is not a good risk. Players do not guarantee success - they fail or get injured etc. Even if you do become more successful you have to keep on the borrowing treadmill for even better players and even bigger wages. They will however lend for infrastructure because they have collateral - the value of the buildings etc which they know will almost certainly rise over time so they can't lose their money. Like I said, it's exactly the same for us - we can get a mortgage for a house because the banks know they can get their money back from the sale of the house if we default (except in the Financial Crisis!) but they won't lend the same person a lesser amount of money to buy a flash car for example because it depreciates. Anyway, Fletcher says the development will earn the club at least 1 million a year and god knows Burnley could do with a hotel - The Kierby is a horrible eyesore and should be demolished.
ozjean
Whether football is a bad investment or not, they will still loan. We have one recent example where Hull got £10 million from an unnamed bank. (In the Times yesterday)There are in far bigger financial poo than we are, yet they still got the money. Now they wanted the money to pay off other outgoings secured against the parachute payments if relegated. We could have done exactly the same to buy two players, and those players would still have been assets had we gone down. If we hadn't gone down we would have reaped £40 m next season and could easily have repaid the loan and kept the two players. There are ways of doing things if you have the vision and desire. I have no problem building a new infrastructure providing it doesn't affect squad building and the money available for that. I do though remain to be convinced that an hotel stuck on the end of a football ground in a rough area with poor access to the man motorways will be that much of an attraction to businessmen especially if the club are in a lower division than the Prem. Fletcher's baby this Stadi Arena concept is as far as I know just that a concept and has not been proved to work yet anywhere in the world. Fletcher is bound to say it will bring in money but will it?
turfmanphil
Yes they got the money because they had collateral against the advanced parachute payment. This is complete utter madness! We could have done exactly the same as Hull? What, gone down owing millions and selling all our players in a fire sale and going into administration? We are never going to agree on this but again I quote the Hull chairman - " this (spending loads of money to try and keep in the Prem) isn't 'ambition' or 'giving it a go' or 'living the dream', it's just stupid and irresponsible."
ozjean
 

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