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All A Board!-Changes at Director Level

Operational director Brendan Flood diversified into the world of US Football this week whilst it was also announced in the Lancashire Telegraph that a number of board changes at Turf Moor looked likely

The Flood Gates Open in US

Flood now has a financial stake in US club, Austin Aztex after joining forces with current Aztex president Phil Rawlins, who also owns 15 per cent of Stoke City. The two have formed UK consortium, Orlando Sports Holdings along with North Carolina businessman Dan Williams and chief executive Steve Donner. Aztex currently play in the USSF Division 2 Professional League which is the second tier of North American soccer. The club though will move from Texas to Florida and become Orlando City Soccer Club for the start of the 2011 campaign with the future aim of applying for a Major League Soccer franchise . Next season though, they will play in the new USL Pro League.

The financial climate has made it impossible for the club to remain in Austin. Their manager and our former player and gaffer, Adrian Heath will now relocate with his squad to Florida. Heath has been manager of the Aztex since 2008 and also recently signed a new three-year deal,

Talking about the initiative Flood said:

"I firmly believe that the USA will be a force in world football within the next decade and Orlando will be a great location to develop a franchise with an experienced management team directed by Phil,"

"I am personally excited by the opportunity and I hope that my relationships and knowledge of the game will help Orlando."

It should be noted that this is a personal investment by Flood rather than one involving Burnley FC. Burnley did have an interest in US club, Cary Clarets after agreeing a two-year affiliation with the North Carolina club in November 2008. They played in the USL Premier Development League, the US fourth tier but sadly the franchise folded at the end of 2009. Clearly though the links were there for Flood to set up this new initiative. Flood will also remain a major shareholder at Burnley and will continue his role at the club

All A Board for the Changes

A Burnley FC spokesman has confirmed to the Lancashire Telegraph that there will be a Board meeting at Burnley next week to agree a number of Board changes at the club.

The official statement read:

"A board meeting will be held next week and a statement will be made after that meeting."

The local paper understands that the meeting will take place on Monday night and that Burnley FC will aim to scale down their board of directors, with the intention of voting on businessman John Banaszkiewicz to replace four other long-serving directors

It is no wonder he goes by the nickname of John B with such a tongue twisting surname but it is thought he has bought out the shares of John Turkington, Chris Duckworth, Martin Hobbs and John Sullivan.

Operational director Brendan Flood will continue to work for the club in the same capacity and Barry Kilby will remain Chairman. Mike Garlick is also set to retain his place on the board along with Clive Holt.

So what do we know about John Banaszkiewicz?

Well first of all he is an avid Clarets fan, locally born in Nelson and one obviously with money to invest in the club, so that`s a good start! He is married with four kids and has a BA (Hons) in Business Studies from Newcastle Upon Tyne University

John B is also the co-founder and managing director of UK-based brokers Freight Investor Solutions Ltd. Formed in October 2002 the company has grown steadily over the years and now has annual revenue of up to 25 million with offices in the United States, Greece, Japan, and Singapore. It is not known how much money he will pump into the club but he did finance the pre-season tour of Singapore showing his intentions of greater things to come.

Vital Burnley wish to thank Burnley FC for use of the photograph

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 31 2010

Time: 8:52AM

Your Comments

OK maybe not on the scale of Blackburn's Indian investment but its a start! Hadn't realised Cary Clarets franchise had folded too,that passed me by. Did the club ever announce it?
I was meaning to ask you at Loftus, tmp, whatever happened to the Cary Clarets! Had you posted this before we were talking then? Anyway, assuming the Board meeting goes to plan - and it would be odd to have announced things if it doesn't, but you never can tell! - welcome on Board John Banaszkiewicz. Having learned in recent weeks how to pronounce Iwelumo, I relish a new challenge! I wonder how much Brendan Flood had to cough up to get his Aztec stake? It's probably not mega. I sense that he's long wanted to have a go at making some kind of a mark Stateside. Whether it has any impact for the Clarets, who can tell.
Couch Potato
Just done the article today CP, picked up the Board changes news on the way back from QPR. Only noticed the bit about Cary Clarets when I read the LT article in more detail today
Me and CP wondered who John B was a couple of months ago, now we know why he is called John B.
As long as he IS A Burnley fan and has a lot of dosh to splash on the Clarets thats the main thing.
Grimsby Claret
I see on the club site that John B made his money in freighting "fertiliser derivatives". Meanwhile R*vers' probable new owner made his from breeding chickens. There must be something dead witty to say in conclusion. But I don't want to crow on and on about chicken ****.
Couch Potato
I forgot to say 'welcome John B' in the above post, and good luck and thank you to all the directors, new, departing and those who continue.
Couch Potato
John Bs statements to LT read: I feel we have to make the club a little bit more globally well known.I would like to bring to the club a bit of my business expertise, acumen and contacts and hopefully build a very strong future. I have invested in the club and I hope to invest in the club in the future. One of my early objectives is to get Gawthorpe and the Academy up to scratch, he said. In the 1970s Burnley had a huge pipeline of talent coming through the system and I want to replicate that so that everyone knows who we are. Maybe we cant afford a 35million player, but we can find another Jay Rodriguez in the next street! You hear about other clubs and how big they are, but Burnley is a club with a huge history and a fantastic loyal fan base and I think it's all about injecting some new life and new ideas into the club. That was the main factor.

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