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England Failure Scuppers Clarets Euro Dream

The miserable season for the Clarets continues with news today that England have slipped out of the top three in the European fair play league ending all hope that Burnley could qualify for the Europa League despite being well-placed in the Premier League's fair play table.

Their qualification was dependent on England remaining among the top three in the European fair play league and Fulham beating Atletico Madrid in this season's Europa League final on Wednesday

At the end of 2009, England had been third in the table but the final standings published by UEFA today show that England have slipped to seventh with Sweden, Denmark and Finland in the vital top three spots. Teams from the three Scandinavian countries will now be awarded a fair play place in the first qualifying round of the Europa League on July 1.

This is just yet another disappointment for Clarets fans in what truly is turning into one horrible season with very little to cheer about.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 10 2010

Time: 2:34PM

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Might have known!
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10/05/2010 14:39:00

There goes the footballing holiday this summer then. Disagree about the 'little to cheer about' comment though tmp, I'm looking forward to a successful season with a quick return to the premiership.
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10/05/2010 15:23:00

Its been a horrible season WC, sorry but it has and listening to the few shouts for Laws to go plus seeing the few scattered 'Laws Out' banners around the place on Sunday summed it up. If Laws stays it's a disaster waiting to happen. Six points short of staying up, Six points to reap 48 million in one season not the same amount over 4 and let's be under no illusions,it might well take four seasons to get back as well! 42% of the poll think over 2 seasons as well but let's see. I have seen far too many tonkings, far too much poor,pathetic and passionless football this season to consider congratulating the Clarets on a job well done. We failed pure and simple. By the way when are we going to score from a corner?
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10/05/2010 15:34:00

The idea that rolling over and letting opponents tickle your tummy should lead to a place in the Fair Play league is ridiculous, UEFA-infested nonsense. Portsmouth at least have a claim that they achieved a "proper" European qualification minimum. I wish you well in the Championship.
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10/05/2010 15:36:00

You make a fair point but then we don't make the rules. Had we been harder,picked up more cards because of it, we may well have stayed up but in the process lost loads of respect as well. Having said that I wish we had done a Stoke in their first season and survived without playing too much attractive football. Then again considering we only lost out by six points. we might have stayed up with one or two extra Prem quality players in the team had we had the balls to fork out for them
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10/05/2010 15:42:00

Oh well never mind - The boss would not have been to happy if i cancelled her holiday yet again to go watching Burnley! :-)
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10/05/2010 17:10:00

Well it took the players the last game of the season to give a good performance and a good win over Spurs, if we had played like that 3 months ago we could have still been in the Prem and we looked a more balanced team with Bikey in defence. Was in the Directors box for the Spurs game and there seems do be a growing rift between Kilby who was sat alone with his family and flood who was sat with other Directors a fair distance apart. I'd like to know who's supporting Laws and who wants him out?
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10/05/2010 17:27:00

Not sure I could have afforded a day trip to play FC Ballycomebackwards. Wish we hadn't gone down but had loads of great moments this season and as ever they will be at the forefront of my thinking. I just refuse to beat myself up over relegation.
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10/05/2010 18:14:00

The thought of watching Burnley in late June / early July filled me with absolute......delight. Still, not to worry - European football was always a bit of an outside bet and at least my Anglo-Scottish memories remain at the top of my Europe file. Bit frustrating that two more wins would have kept us up. The games against Wigan and Portsmouth were crucial for me but I guess all clubs could say if this, but that and maybe, if only. Fact is, those at the top win the silver and those at the bottom go down. But live to fight another day.
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10/05/2010 18:46:00

Be more positive please Phil, at least we did get in the Prem, we get 48 million (not to mention another 800,000) If we had not got promotion you and me and the rest of us 50+ blokes would probably have never seen us in the top flight again. but now we have a big advantage over most of the other championship sides for the next four years. If Laws does fail (and I for one hope he brings us another promotion next season) Barry will bring in someone else who also will have big money to spend. Two years ago we could have only dreamed of being in this position so lots to smile about hey ?
Grimsby Claret
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10/05/2010 19:36:00

TMP and positive in the same sentence GC....have a word with yourself...if we had bought Kevin Doyle we would have got less goals and been relegated but still have got our profit from selling him to Blackpool for 10 Million and a stick of rock....tmp I replied for you to save your blood pressure! p.s. I agree with you GC lots to smile about
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10/05/2010 19:58:00

To be honest this is probably for the best. We have to concentrate on the league next season and gte our signings right. If we did get into Europe our league would have started on July 1st! Thats an early start, maybe it's better the players get more of a rest they get a proper pre-season and Laws gets more time to sign hopefully the right people. Phil I know you're upset and dissapointed, but were going to have to do something to bring you back round. Premier league is over. Onto next season.
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10/05/2010 21:42:00

It's been a horrible season tmp? Not for me, although I understand where you're coming from. First of all, it's been brilliant being back in the top tier after so many years in the wilderness, and more than that beating United, Everton and Spurs like we used to when I was a teenager,and thought that it was the natural order of things for Burnley to be in the first division, which of course it was back then. Promotion surprised me last season, I was expecting us to be challenging this season, but hey we got up there and wiped away our debts and are now sitting pretty compared to teams who are facing potential financial meltdown, and I don't just mean those we know about. Yes, it's a difficult league to break out of, but I really think that we'll be one of the strongest teams in the championship next season and we'll be back. There really is no point in crying over spilt milk, as Fedup says -why didn't we play like that against Pompey, Wolves and Stoke ? But we didn't, so down we go with valuable lessons learnt. I have an open mind about Laws, previous form doesn't apply in this case where he's got a good squad and can actually spend to strengthen. Am I talking about Burnley here? I sure as hell am , although it feels alien after years of struggling financially. Give Laws a chance, I think he may surprise everyone and like Grimsby, I sure as hell hope and think he will.
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10/05/2010 21:55:00

I wish the Board would have been as positive as me and gone the extra mile to try and keep us up! It is the board that is being negative not me,a Board that has lost 48 million and the rest due to their lack of ambition and weak managerial appointment! It has been a horrible season,emphasized every time I see Coyle in a Bolton tracksuit! It is the very fact we had taken 33 years to get up that made a season in the top flight so good but it could have been so much better had we had more balls and gone the extra mile for the sake of six miserable points
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10/05/2010 22:28:00

Are you seriously saying this team on its day were not good enough to get anything from Pompey home or away and Wigan. 12 points lost that we could surely have taken the required points to keep us up without chucking cash away needlessly,,,,,lol
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10/05/2010 23:30:00

No , he is saying he has got big balls !!
bernie lee
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10/05/2010 23:35:00

Reminds me on Sunday Spurs put one onto Harry Potts way and we sang one ball we've only got one ball...I love our sense of humour......
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11/05/2010 00:17:00

No I am seriously saying we should have done everything possible to stay up and it's not about being good enough on the day its about being good enough consistently throughout the season and optimising our chances of being so. You do that by having some additional quality players in your team (without breakng the bank and you all know what I mean by that) and having a manager the players can look up to and respect. I am quite happy with big balls unlike some who prefer to talk them!! ;-)
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11/05/2010 07:16:00

What can I say? I am absolutely gutted by this news.
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11/05/2010 08:44:00

Bloody hell my week is now ruined!!!
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11/05/2010 09:20:00


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