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Blake's Seven...Days to Decide on New Contract

Robbie Blake who is out of contract in June has a new deal on the table but has still not made a decision whether to stay at Turf Moor or not.

The club are now looking for a decsion within the next seven days.

Blake was expected to make his mind up after our last game of the season against Spurs at Turf Moor but his decision had to be delayed due to his son's illness. His son, born only a few weeks ago became ill and only returned from hospital on Friday.

He previously indicated last month that there was just a 'slim possibility` he would stay citing his lack of appearances this season as his main concern. He clearly would find it a wrench to leave Turf Moor but his footballing needs and the requirement at 34 to play more often appear to be taking precedence.

Reports today though in the Lancashire Telegraph suggest Robbie's chances of staying have improved from slim chance to 50:50 so all Clarets fans will be waiting with bated breath over the next week or so for a final decision.

It is understood there have been a few tentative enquiries from other clubs about Blake.

Scottish Premier League club Hearts have been strongly linked in the media, a club also looking at another of our forwards, Steven Thompson.

Brian Laws is obviously keen to keep Blake at Turf Moor, hence the new contract offer but he will have to give him more starts in the Championship to keep him happy. In the Premier League, Blake made just four starts from the 18 games since Laws arrival in January and there was speculation at the time denied by both, that there had been some sort of falling out after the 6-1 tonking at home to Manchester City last April when Blake was substituted at half-time.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 24 2010

Time: 10:10AM

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24/05/2010 10:17:00

Happy enough if he does , not over fussed if he does'nt !
Bernie Lee
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24/05/2010 10:27:00

I think Blake will be a fool not to sign the contract offered to him by Burnley, the two Clubs interested in him Preston with finacial problems and Hearts in the Scottish Prem would they been seen as a better move or a worst move. The reported dressing room bustup with Laws and the future of Laws being the manager after 10 games which in my view is the only reason Blake is stalling on signing on the dotted line, and like Bernie Lee happy with either decision.
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24/05/2010 10:50:00

The only thing I would say Fedup is at 34, Finances probably wont play a massive part in Robbies decision. It will be more down to football. He may feel if he stays at Burnley the last few years of his career will be spent mainly sat on a bench? I also agree with Bernie. Have we heard anything on the other lads waiting to sign?
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24/05/2010 12:04:00

Dale didn't mean Blake would be finacialy motivated, and where ever he goes i don't think he will play week in and week out and in the Chamlionship where we will be playing 2 games a week. Also with the signing Burnley are supposed to be interested in the forward line and midfield is that not going to limit the playing time of Blake anyway, where ever he ends up don't you think he's going to be a squad player.
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24/05/2010 12:37:00

Possibly Fedup. I just think that with the squad we hope we are going to have next season ( ie challenging for promotion) Robbie is going to struggle to get many starts. At a team like PNE/Hearts ( or somewhere else) where the squad in theory would be weaker - He is more likely to get more regular first team football.
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24/05/2010 12:42:00

Surely Dale is that not a lack of ambition?
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24/05/2010 12:48:00

Erm - From Robbie? Maybe yes. Or maybe it is just being realistic? I often think their is a fine line between the two.
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24/05/2010 13:00:00

I hope Robbie decides to stay and signs that contract. Laws has made it clear that he will feature a lot more in the championship where the pace is nowhere near as frenetic as the premiership. He can play a massive part in our promotion push this season, then I'm sure that he and the club will have another look at the situation in the close season, depending on where we'll be playing the following season.
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24/05/2010 14:53:00

I certainly would not like the thought of Blake lining up against us in a Preston shirt next season! :-(
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24/05/2010 15:32:00

But, tmp, there will always be times when difficult decisions have to be made about parting ways with heroes.
Couch Potato
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24/05/2010 16:38:00

Situation at Preston could they afford him, I would think he would be taking a paycut to join PNE.
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24/05/2010 17:21:00

Robbie has said that it's not the money but getting playing time that's the issue. I think he would be a big loss, especially in the Championship. Even if he is subbed in the second half so what? Plenty of older players only play for an hour or so. There is no substitute for skill and I get a bit tired of players being judged on their ability to run a hundred miles a game but then can't pass a ball beyond four feet. C'mon Robbie sign up - Laws will probably not last too long anyway.
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25/05/2010 02:41:00

I certainly don't want to see Horse Face called Susan on MOTD next year unless they are getting beat.... as Couch says thats what happens when heroes leave. As for Blake he is past his best and will have to make a decision quickly because the fact is the team for next year will not be built around him even if he stays. There is no substitute for skill however there is a fitness level that is required to support the defence that leaked 80+ goals last year and from the JHU you can easily see Robbies problems when we don't have the ball. I would keep him and use him effectively but certainly not a player who would be guaranteed a start every week.
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25/05/2010 08:33:00

Got to agree Vin, you can see a lot of the problems and of course the strengths sat in the JHU, I think I should invite Mr Laws to come and sit next to me so he can see these and put him straight on a thing or two (lol). As for Blake I would like to see him stay and as TMP says I don't think I could take it him lined up in a PNE shirt against us. Lastly I hope his son is now well and it was nothing to serious.
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