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Club Confirm Beast wants Away

Clarets keeper Brian Jensen has handed in a transfer request according to the Official Site.

He only signed a new two year contract in the summer but lost his place to Lee Grant.

The Beast has now told manager Brian Laws he wants to leave in January and has handed in a written transfer request. The club are now considering the request.

This is not the first time Jensen has lost his place in a Burnley side and handed in a transfer request. Dropped for poor performances by Steve Cotterill in January 2007,he threw a wobbly when the gaffer brought in Mike Pollitt on loan from Wigan.

He did of course eventually stay and saw off the challenge from a number of keepers keen to become Number One choice. Danny Coyne, Mike Pollitt, Gabor Kiraly and Diego Penny all came and went.

You could perhaps have some sympaathy for the Beast this time. Lee Grant became first choice keeper in the game away to QPR back in October and he has held that spot since. Jensen though had not been playing badly and Laws intimated he might have some sort of rotational policy to keep both players happy.

Our comments from our posters earler in the day when the Daily Mail leaked the rumour was as follows:

It must be hard for Jensen, I never really thought he deserved to be dropped. I can see why he would want away unless Laws is true to his word and starts rotating the keepers more.

My sentiments exactly tmp add to that we have failed to keep a clean sheet since, come on Brian keep fighting in there BEAST!!

I do think similar - but when Grant was purchased it would seem logical he was done so to be the number 1.

You just always get the feeling that Grant and Laws are buddy pals from their time at Hillsborough! It looked like they were hoping Jensen would mess up and when that didn't happen they dropped him anyway. i can understand why Jensen might be angry

Yep you just can't see Jensen getting a look in barring an injury to Grant, that said though Jensen has been in this position many times before.

Agree with the above, I couldn't understand why Jensen was dropped either. It's not as if we're keeping clean sheets as 8c8 points out, so why hasn't the Beast been brought back in on a rotational basis at least

Club confirm Jensen has put a transfer request in :-(

So now it's official, let the debate continue

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 22 2010

Time: 9:51AM

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Not happy about this at all
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22/12/2010 09:53:00

Kinda leaves with the feeling of who is next?
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22/12/2010 09:58:00

You have to blame Laws for this and this could be yet another nail in his coffin! You are right 8c8 you do begin to wonder how much unrest there is in the players dressing room
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22/12/2010 10:01:00

I hope there isn't any unrest tmp, because we need to be firing on all cylinders now. One thing's for sure, if there is unrest then Laws is finished. He needs to resolve this quickly by telling Jensen that he'll be rotating the goalkeepers from now on. And if I was Jensen I'd be asking 'Why was I dropped in the first place?' . Will the Jensen Interceptor make a comeback?
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22/12/2010 10:09:00

Well we know its certainly not money after reading Dave Thomas's 'Life of Brian' book review! "How Brian therefore feels about Brian Laws now is therefore presumably mixed - gratitude for the best salary he has had, only recently has he been able to buy his dream car; but presumably deep torment that he has now lost the jersey."-Clealy we now know the true extent of Beast's feelings towards the gaffer
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22/12/2010 10:18:00

Whichever way we look at it, it just brings more unrest and at Christmas time once again!! I see Sheffield Utd have been given permission to talk to O'Driscoll??
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22/12/2010 10:28:00

I'm not at all sure that how Beast feels should be considered indicative of how others in the squad are feeling. It's one thing for an outfielder to be rested and rotated, quite another for a keeper to be benched, where he knows he's only going to get on in a game if there's an injury, and at a time when resrve games are so much less glamorous than last year's. Beast's decision will clearly have a major psychological impact on some fans, even though many others (and possibly some of the same ones) had been calling time on the Beast long before Laws did it. So at the moment I'm inclined to put this down as one of those things that happen, rather than a chink of light into a bigger picture.
Couch Potato
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22/12/2010 10:50:00

I think the worry is the timing for a lot of fans! You just sense its going to be that Christmas tits-up feeling again. If we do keep Laws the only thing that will cheer up the fans will be bringing in some new high-profile players and holding on to our best ones! For me though, I would tear up the script, release Laws and start again with some new energy and hope. The Laws issue is draining & demoralising and no matter which was you look at it, you can only ever see midtable mediocrity under the current regime
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22/12/2010 11:08:00

I can understand where Couch is coming from but being dropped for no reason bit harsh, and tmp got it in one with his last post regarding problems with Laws is this the reason for how bad we all playing at the moment, can see things getting ugly if we all losing at Barnsley.
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22/12/2010 11:56:00

I feel sorry for Brian Jenson, he has done us proud in the past, sadly this is football and if BL thinks he is not good enough so be it. Although I do think that BL should have been honest and said so and perhaps offered BJ a free transfer. I for one do not think this will be the end of players going, or seeking to, in January. Afraid that BL is leading the Club to mere survival in the Championship, if that.
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22/12/2010 12:09:00

You have to blame Laws for this????? What for???? preferring one keeper over another? The majority of people ( including myself) seemed to think at the end of last season that we wanted to keep the Beast, but as a number 2 - Therefore Laws has done what we wanted. The Beast being unhappy at being a number 2 is understandable - all players want to play! As for the suggesting of rotating keepers - I think this would be a very bad idea. The back 5 should be as settled as it could be. The centre halfs need to know exactly who is behind them and what they are likely to do!
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22/12/2010 12:09:00

Obviously we cannot please all of the players all of the time but what the manager should do is reasure the players that they are part of the team and clearly this wasn't case with Jensen, what we don't want is to have a situation where we let him go and we are then faced with having no senior keeper back-up and then having to spend more time looking a decent replacement.
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22/12/2010 12:45:00

Yes,but surely the point is Jensen realised he would have to pull his socks up with the arrival of Grant and to my way of thinking he did. He did nothing wrong and kept clean sheets, something Grant has failed to do! They dropped him on a whim after one bad result at home to Reading! Was Jensen at fault for any of the goals? If I was the Beast I truly would be cheesed off. Under virtually every manager, he has had to fight to keep his place and in most cases won the battle! The love-in between Grant and Laws has probably proved too much
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22/12/2010 13:11:00

You can hear what Laws says about it here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/burnley/9312722.stm
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22/12/2010 13:20:00

This is the problem with having a good squad of players, whether right or wrong regarding Jensen being dropped thats the managers choice but Grant was signed for the future of the club. This is the problem that Laws has with not being the fans choice of manager which ever decision he makes it will always be questioned.
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22/12/2010 13:54:00

You're not far off the mark there Fedup, but I still think it's strange why Jensen was dropped. I didn't see any goals that were directly attributable to him, in fact he had no chance with them. I think it's clear Laws wants Grant between the posts but he hasn't stuck to his statement that 'the job is Jensen's to loose'. As far as I can see he lost it for no reason other than a defeat. Should he now drop Grant after the Leeds debacle? Jensen's been brilliant for this club over the years and it'll be sad to see him go, especially if Grant is injured. If we start winning everyone will forget all this kind of stuff, but if we don't the woes are going to pile up for Brian Laws.
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22/12/2010 15:10:00

Grant or our old friend and Hero Jensen, which 1 is our no 1 and best keeper for 2011 Grant for me. Having said that Brian please stay as our number 2 Laws will play you in all our FA Cup games.?
grimsby claret
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22/12/2010 16:24:00

I am somewhat confused! (no change there then!). Did he threaten to leave for Portugal before last Januarys transfer window, because there was no new contract for him? Did he get his new contract under Laws or Coyle? Does he want to go to notloB and renew links with Robbie as a well paid bench warmer?
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22/12/2010 16:47:00

This is just wrong! he lost his place against Reading when really he didn't do that much wrong, i blamed the defence for at least 2 of them. I rate The Beast above Grant he seems to command the defence a lot better. Grant is Laws's man though. Beast 7 clean sheets this season Grant 0!
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22/12/2010 17:42:00

Tend to agree,ruane!
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22/12/2010 18:43:00

The Beast wants to leave and it's the manager's fault. Last year the then manager wanted to leave yet he was the villain of the piece ! I think Jensen has been a great 'keeper for us and I hope he gets another chance - even if it is a bit of a swansong. Not sure there is much between him and Lee Grant as one is a magnificent shot stopper and the other seems a slightly more assured custodian. Maybe Beast feels he has more chance of being a first team regular elsewhere. If that is the case then I don't blame him for seeking new pastures. That's football.
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22/12/2010 19:40:00

Rotating keepers is a mistake, it is a position that thrives on confidence and the more you play (well) the more confidence you get and generally the better you play. The times I have seen Grant play a big part of his game has been distribution (Not seen him for your boys) where his speed of thought has started attacks. Keeping wise not much in it, Jensen has somewhat more of a presence than Grant. On the Bolton front (by the way the misspelling very funny) can't see Jensen at the Bok as we are over stocked with quality on the Keeper front comes of having two specialist goalkeeping coaches I guess. The one to watch out for is Fred's son still school age but will be absolute top drawer if he continues to develop at his current rate.
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23/12/2010 09:00:00

I have to say that the "Wigan incident" was a turning point for me. I was behind the goal in the third row and I'm still unhappy about what took place. I've thought about it a lot and what I saw was a look of resignation that seemed completely out of place with the events going on around him. I've never felt comfortable about his reliability since. Did anyone else see this? (Very hard to put into words)
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24/12/2010 05:09:00

Never really read that much into it, AH! What I saw was simply farcical but Jensen was soon back after the Wigan game. I think the thing that upset me the most this season was that Jensen was dropped on a whim having appeared to be made the scapegoat for that shocking 4-0 loss at home to Reading. You can see why he wants away after Laws clearly stated it was Beast's place to lose if he played badly. He didn't and was punished unfairly in my opinion
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24/12/2010 09:07:00

Fair point.
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24/12/2010 21:16:00


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