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Rumour Mill-I Want to Go, Mears the Pity!

Media reports today suggest Burnley defender, Tyrone Mears is seeking a move away from Turf Moor.

It is clear he is looking to further his career with a Premier League club and does not feel a move down to the Championship following our relegation would be an option.

In many ways this is probably not unexpected although things had been quiet recently with no rumours of any clubs, Premier League or otherwise being interested in the former Manchester City, Preston, West Ham and Derby right back.

The 27 year old was an ever present for the Clarets last season and played the full ninety minutes of all our League matches. He was signed by Owen Coyle last summer from Derby County for 500,000 penning a three-year contract.

He soon became a fans favourite and put in some impressive performances. He was solid in the back four and could charge down the flanks setting up countless goal-scoring opportunities for his team mates.

Clarets fans were so impressed along with Owen Coyle that he was even being touted as a potential England right-back with the possibility of playing in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa!

It appeared though when Owen Coyle jumped ship in January to leave for Bolton that Mears was one of the players to be affected the most.

He just seemed to go off the boil for a time and started playing with less enthusiasm. He put in too many lacklustre performances although he was still solid in defence for most of the time. It was perhaps his performances in the latter half of last season that has cooled interest from other Premier League clubs.

Sunderland had been linked with the right back in the January window but nothing came of that and it is now understood that the Black Cats are once more looking to strengthen that position. It will be interesting to see if Mears is now once more on their radar but according to the Sunday Mirror today it looks like Sunderland have turned their attentions instead to Aston Villa and England right back Luke Young. A 3 million deal is also being mooted

Mears leaving will be a blow to Brian Laws having just lost also our star striker, Steven Fletcher. Our right back alternatives are also limited. Michael Duff we know can play there but he is far more suited to central defence. It is difficult to see Graham Alexander returning to the back four after becoming our established holding midfielder and he is not getting any younger for a role that also requires some pace down the flanks.

This could be a big opportunity though for Richard Eckersley who has struggled to make the first team since his arrival from Manchester United last summer.

Laws though I think would be looking to increase his options by bringing in a new right back. Let's face it we have enough dosh now to get a goodun!

Burnley will want of course to maximise the profits on their investment if they have to sell Mears although there is an indication that the defender is hoping that the club will moderate their asking price to tempt Premier League clubs to come in for him. It would appear he is hoping that the asking price is no more than a million

Oh well here we go again seeing if the club can support their statement that we have 'gone down stronger' and 'don't have to sell' Yeah right!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday June 6 2010

Time: 12:43PM

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06/06/2010 12:56:00

Ok - If he wants to go, he can go. But I am sure the price set will be the one that is right for Burnley and not for Tyrone Mears. I would hope it is much nearer to 2m than 1m. I still think Eck could prove to be a good enough right back for us next season. Agree with you Phil that I dont think Grezza going back there as back-up is the way forward. Duff maybe, but their is every chance ( in my opinion) that Duff will be a starting centre half next season - Would this disrupt the entire back four?
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06/06/2010 13:17:00

If he want to go the so be it, But we should at least hold out for 2m
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06/06/2010 13:31:00

There has to be a buyer in order for there to be a sale. It will be interesting to see which clubs would see Mears as an improvement, and whether any of those have a desire to spend.
Couch Potato
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06/06/2010 14:06:00

No shock at all but i'd hold out for 2-2.5 mill just out of spite lol
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06/06/2010 16:09:00

If I was Laws I would be happy to let him go another player who thinks he's better than he really is, this guy really has a bad track record did he walk out of Derby to France without the Clubs permission.
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06/06/2010 17:50:00

Reckon he will be off to Villa.
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06/06/2010 18:06:00

Not surprised he wants to ge but he has a cheek to ask to be sold on the cheap. Why should we sell him cheap? We owe him nothing. I also think Laws will look for an addition to the right back area as Grezza is not suited to it anymore and I think Laws sees Duff in the centre. I get the impression tmp you are blaming the board for this?
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06/06/2010 18:23:00

How do you mean blaming the Board,CC? I don't see them as having any effect on Mears just never believed their statements that we were going down stronger to explain away the failure of relegation, nor the fact that we didn't have to sell! They will always sell to the highest bidder,its engrained in their mindset and has something I think to do with Kilby's regret he never sold Little to Man City before the Digital fiasco. Those were different times though and on the principle that lightning never strikes twice in the same place, they need to move on!
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06/06/2010 18:38:00

Do Villa rate him RT?
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06/06/2010 18:39:00

TMP - I still maintain that the board were probably correct in their statement. Previously we have HAD to sell to balance the books. Now, we dont, but if the right offer comes along, we will. And as for players wanting to leave to play in the PL - their is not a lot anyone can do about that.
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06/06/2010 18:48:00

I remember what Mears said when he joined. It was something along the lines of stepping stone if it was not exactly that. Therefore having a pop at the board for selling despite saying we don't have to is unreasonable. I agree with dale that there is not a lot anyone can do about that. To be honest I think Mears could well have asked for a transfer even if we stayed up.
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06/06/2010 18:54:00

The trouble is Dale the RIGHT offer always comes along and we ALWAYS sell! Even Laws stuck to his guns last season when trying to keep us at bay over Tudgay. The statements by the Board are purely daft and mean nothing. We are going down stronger-paraphrase but we will still sell and lose our key players! We dont have to sell-paraphrase but we know we damn well will to the highest bidder. If they wanted to play this game they should have spent the 10 million on two extra players last season and been selling them at a massive profit now had we still gone down or been languishing in Prem survival glory with massive 90m revenues coming in had we stayed up. Everybody tries to find excuses for backing the Board when in fact all they are is amateur and we continue to lose out
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06/06/2010 19:04:00

That's because in the past we have always had to sell. We have had no money. There has only been Fletcher sold under this statement and I believe that is partly because he wanted to go. I think anybody who is sold in the summer will be sold becaus they want to leave.
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06/06/2010 19:09:00

Its not the same as previous seasons Phil. In previous years the club had to sell if they got slightly close to our valuation because we needed the cash to stay alive. This season, a club is probably going to have to pay above our valuation to get OUR player. Surely by definition this means we are in a much stronger position.
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06/06/2010 21:26:00

Still not smelling the coffee lads, each player we lose means more disruption to the squad and the need to replace 'em, thats before we even start bringing in the players we need to ENHANCE the squad! Fletcher gone, Mears wanting to go and Eagles likely to follow. Nugent and Cork gone back plus we need a winger, keeper and a couple of central midfielders at least. The only thing that is different is that we failed in the Premier League and are having to build a squad again for a fight in the Championship. Of course players want to leave thats why we should have done more to stay up and keep them! It should have been us going to a relegated Wolves and trying to get Doyle!
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06/06/2010 22:37:00

It is you who is not smelling the coffee tmp. How many teams can I list which are in, or have had, serious financial difficulty on the back of chasing the gung ho strategy you propose. People point this out to you all the time and you simply ignore it and slag of the board for not risking the club's future. You need to realise enhancing after a relegation is not the way it goes. The best players often want to leave no matter what club it is. You have to minimise the loss. What is more disruptive a player leaving or a player spending the entire season sulking and spoiling the harmorny in the dressing room?
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06/06/2010 22:52:00

Do give it a break tmp - not having to sell and selling because the player wants to go are two different things. It is stupid to try and keep players who want to be off - it didn't do Wednesday any good keeping Tudgay did it? As for "spending 10 million on two new players last season and selling them at a massive profit now", that's rubbish. The vast majority of players actually decline in value, the exceptions being the ones you take a chance on who are young and have potential like Fletcher. Even then most don't make it. The majority of England U21 'stars' don't make it in the big time. We would most likely have been like Hull, Portmouth, Newcastle and many others who spent big, went down anyway and were left with a lot of high priced rubbish. Hull are desperate to get rid of the 6 million, 45,000 a week Bullard but no one wants him and he wants to stay because he won't get 45,000 anywhere else. Burnley have gone down strong - we are in no danger of financial meltdown and are in a position to outbid other clubs in our league for players instead of the other way around.
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07/06/2010 02:33:00

Lets see if we outbid the other clubs for Sharp, Maynard and Boyd then! We should have stayed up stronger not gone down strong (which is a pathetic statement made to lessen the blow of relegation failure). Portsmouth went for silverware not survival and had nine seasons in the top flight before over stretching. As for Tudgay, it didn't do us any good bringing in his manager did it?
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07/06/2010 08:01:00

Another thing, I am sure we could have bought another two players as the same quality as Fletcher for about the same price giving us a better chance of staying up with the option to now be selling them at a Fletcher-like profit had we still gone down. We would still not be in financial meltdown and we might even be reaping far greater financial rewards because they helped us stay up
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07/06/2010 08:10:00

Plus if we had ......................................and another thing if we had just done this last season....................if we had not.....................................we could aspire to be Wigan...........................we would never be Pompey or Hull as we will always buy Fletchers not Bullards or Nugents or Pennies!.......................It would appear my 45 is sticking!
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07/06/2010 08:50:00

More like an old 78 in your case I would have thought VR. :)
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07/06/2010 09:43:00

Or maybe a 33.........happy days.........
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07/06/2010 15:22:00

Would that be 'Sgt Peppers' or 'Let it Bleed' maybe VR ? Remember the old Dansette players, where you could leave the holding arm off and get the LP to re-play continuously, especially when you were . . . . errrrm . . . . . busy? Not a lot we can do about any player who expresses a desire to leave the club, in fact there's no point in keeping them . Fletcher said he wanted to stay, and then went. Is Mears employing reverse psychology here ?
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07/06/2010 23:07:00

I still play my old 45's and yes the arm does work as a replay, however no longer needed at my age! lol.......nurse put a CD on shuffle and pass me my tablets I have a plan!!!!!!
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08/06/2010 08:52:00

Careful with those tablets, otherwise your records won't be the only long players :-)
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08/06/2010 23:19:00


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