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Caldwell & Carlisle Tell Fans of Their Likely Fate

Most Clarets fans will be aware that with the departure of Christian Kalvenes we will still have ten professionals seeking new contracts in the summer.

The 10 players out-of-contract in the summer are:

Nicky Weaver
Brian Jensen
Michael Duff
Stephen Jordan
Steven Caldwell
Clarke Carlisle
Graham Alexander
Joey Gudjonsson
Robbie Blake
Steven Thompson

Manager, Brian Laws has been keeping things close to his chest in terms of saying who will be going and who will be staying but one or two things have slipped out.

One person who will definitely be saying goodbye is Joey Gudjonsson. The Icelandic international midfielder has clearly not seen eye-to-eye with the gaffer and in as astonishing outburst to an Icelandic website was alleged to have said that Laws had lost the dressing room. He earned a two week suspension last month for his unprofessional outburst with the club saying no further comment would be made.

Another player in the news has been Robbie Blake, he too was alleged to have fallen out with the manager but both deny this. He has however made it clear in the local media that he strongly feels he could be leaving the club for footballing reasons. Blake fears he may not be given enough starts next season as the Clarets plot their campaign for an immediate return to the Premier League.

Brian Laws on the other hand appears keen to sign the 34 year midfielder on a new contract and seems positive that he will.

There has been no official news confirming the other players out of contract and it would appear that no final decisions will be made until after our last game of the season against Spurs at Turf Moor next Sunday.

There is some news though regarding our two centre backs, captain Steven Caldwell and Clarke Carlisle.

It would appear now that unofficial websites are being given the task of breaking news which seems a little surprising if not unprofessional. News broke over the weekend that Carlisle had contacted one such website to confirm he had already signed a new contract three months ago which would keep him at Burnley FC until 2011/12. The story goes he had been upset by fans comments on his own blog and that he wanted to put the record straight and confirm his commitment to the Clarets. It is somewhat baffling though as to why he couldn't say exactly the same on the Official Burnley site or why the club couldn't have announced the deal three months ago anyway.

It will be interesting to see if the club now announce any news on this matter but so far we can only treat the rumour as unofficial.

Carlisle, who is currently out injured, was linked with a move to rejoin Owen Coyle at Bolton but then so has most of our team! Clarets fans in the main will probably be glad that Carlisle will be staying. He may have struggled a little in the Premier League and made a few schoolboy errors in the back four but now we are relegated he could prove to be a strong asset once more in the Championship.

Another central defender in the news is our captain, Steven Caldwell who has struggled for most of this season with a persistent groin strain. He made his first start yesterday in 21 games away to Birmingham but feels his days may be numbered.

At least this time his words were covered on the Official Site:

'I am open to discussion. I like it when people want me at their football club and I'm not saying the manager doesn't.I just don't know'

Caldwell goes on to say:

'I am willing to speak to anybody at any time, but I have had no discussions so far so it seems like I will probably be leaving. If I haven't been offered a contract then it seems like I am leaving, doesn't it? It's one of those things. Sometimes things change in football, people move on and clubs change'

In many ways although at least spoken on the Official Site, the statements are equally baffling and you can only assume they have been formally made to soften up the fans and prepare us for losing the player.

The sooner we know the fate of all our out-of-contract players the better and the sooner we can start planning to bring in new players to replace those leaving. We certainly do not want to be in limbo either in terms of deciding the fate of our current manager or sorting out our targets by the time the summer transfer window opens.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 2 2010

Time: 9:28AM

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I find both these bits of news odd and for the life of me cant understand why we can't simply put this to bed and make an announcement on all ten players once and for all. We have known our fate for a couple of weeks now so surely we know which players we want to keep in the Championship next season. I can accept one or two might be bargaining at the moment but for example if Carlisle is already allegedly sorted how many more are there and why cant we have drip-fed the announcements on the Official Site?
Phil don't you think all this depends on whether Laws is going to be the manager which players stop and which those go. After watching Laws post interview on the telly yesterday whether it was me seeing something thats not there but he seemed less confident of being the manager, and if thats the case how can Kilby let Laws decide who stops and who goes and with the Club not making any comments are they not sure whether Laws is the man for the future.
One other thing watching Grezza's responce at being substituted makes me feel that all is not well in the Burnley camp between management and players.
Grezza may have not been that keen on McDonald replacing him if he is as I suspect old school. That may have played a part in his feelings and emotions. I am in no rush to know who is staying and who is going, as I agree with Fedup lets sort out the manager first and that will set the scene for the summer.
It does come across has all cloak and dagger stuff, I expect a busy week after the Spurs match!
The club have sneaked in the fact that Carlisle has signed a 2 year deal now,wonder if they were forced into it? The sooner the decks are cleared on all these issues, manager and players alike the better and indeed I think there should be announcements after the Spurs game on both. The current manager is already planning his new targets according to official site and if the same site puts up an article entitled 'Gaffer in it for the long haul' you kinda sense what the decision will be but they have to make this clear as soon as possible. I don't understand why they can't make it clear now unless they really do have some sort of Points Tally maximum in his contract and if he dont reach it, they can sack him without compensation
I cannot seem to find the Carlisle story on the official site only Caldwells, I think the only reason preventing them making it clear on Laws would be the Points Tally maximum, it is the only reason that makes sense to me.
Its in the article with title 'Laws Plans Player Talks' put up yesterday by looks of it. They sneaked in a Carlisle reference in that
Ah found it cheers.
Totally agree Fedup I think we need to sort out who will be the manager first, as as I have said previously is it the club they don't want to play for or the manager?. I would feel more confident about next season if we had a new manager, and that needs sorting sooner rather than later.
I think Kilby needs to look at Sheff Wed and what division they are playing in next season alot of the Owls fans put the blame directly at Laws door for whats gone on this season, Sheff Wed fired Laws before Chrimbo and could not stop up this season. If thats going to be Kilby and the boards thinking give him while Christmas and then get rid if results are't good, going to intresting next season?
Just wish the Board would end the uncertainty and have the bollox to make a statement. If he's staying then we have to get behind him and give him a chance probably up to Christmas but any bad run or no hope of promotion along the way and they will clearly have to look again because I know one thing the anger of the fans already brewing in pubs and clubs will spill over onto the pitch and it will be a very uncomfortable time
On the subject of Sheffield Wednesday - who is up for grabs now that they are gone? That "long throw" merchant of theirs (Tommy Spurr?) and of course Tudgay would be of interest to some people. Not sure what Laws relationship is with them (probably bad) but I bet he's looking.
A lot rate Beevers and since we need a keeper, Lee Grant would be a good choice. Tudgay of course as you say! Interesting what you say about Laws relationship with his former players. Some clearly blame him for the drop like Purse who has come out publically and said so. Laws fought tooth and nail to keep Tudgay at Shef Wed though when we were after him last season so he could have some respect for him. Better the devil you know? At least a league higher? [Edited by turfmanphil]
Agree with you tmp, if the board decide that laws is the man for next season then we've all got to get behind him otherwise things will spiral downwards along the lines of Megson, and we could end up with Coyle.
Lee Grant and Mark Beevers look good on paper and I am pretty certain that QPR were after Spurr with an offer approaching one million. Tudgay we know about and so does Laws. Could be tempting for him.
I just don't get this "we need to know who is staying and who is going". Its a process, we offer Blake a contract for X a week and he and his agent think can we get more elsewhere, they then have time to decide. If a player is unhappy with a reduced wage offer and a shorter contract for the Championship then he has to decide. Which will also be the case of players we are taking a look at. I just see at as a process and not something that will change the venue of my summer holidays or yours!

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