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Rumour Mill-McCann on Coyle's Radar?

Yes, it's that time of year again when the inevitable rumours start linking our players with a move to Owen Coyle's Bolton.

The latest gossip suggests Coyle is about to try and poach Chris McCann away from Turf Moor offering him a lucrative three-year deal.

The 23 year old midfielder is out of contract in the summer and it had been thought a new deal would have been sorted out by now. The fact that it hasn't only fuels the fear that the Coyle speculation could be true.

Burnley though are thought to be ready to fight tooth and nail to keep McCann at Turf Moor by offering him improved terms and to that effect it is understood they have tabled a new deal. Most Clarets fans will be hoping this can be agreed sooner rather than later especially if Judas is sniffing around.

It has been a torrid two years for McCann and he has only just returned to the first team following a long-term injury to his cruciate ligament which ultimately required corrective surgery and recuperation.

He played the last four games of the season in impressive style. After not playing in the first team for 15 months, he returned for our game against Derby County at Pride Park on the 23rd April this year scoring a goal in our 4-2 victory. The season also ended on a high note for Chris when he led out the team as captain in our final game against Cardiff City at Turf Moor.

The fact he has played so impressively after such a long lay-off seems to have alerted other managers to his potential and removed any doubts about his fitness. If Owen Coyle is plotting a raid, he knows only full well what a talent we have in Chris McCann. During his reign at Turf Moor, Coyle once described McCann as "the photo-fit of a modern midfielder" and also said:

"I think the world of him, both as a player and a lad

"If I was a manager at any other football club, you would look at Chris McCann - and I`m talking about the top level - because he has undoubted quality."

If Coyle does successfully come in for McCann, because the Irish man is not yet 24 there may have to be a tribunal to decide compensation. The Bosman Ruling prohibits players under 24 leaving a club for nothing although for this to happen in McCann`s case, Burnley will have to have offered him improved terms. Compensation well in excess of the 350,000 and 500,000 we had to fork out for David Edgar and Richard Eckersley would be expected for a player of McCann`s stature.

Bolton though are not particularly flush with money at the moment and are not thought to have a big transfer budget although they could have funds available should they sell Gary Cahill in the summer.

If the speculation is true, it will be interesting to see which way McCann jumps. Will he be tempted by a move to a Premier League club working again with his former boss or will he show some loyalty to the club that has nurtured him since coming through our youth system? I think I know the answer to that sadly but I do hope Chris proves me wrong and we can kick the awful Mr Coyle into touch!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 15 2011

Time: 10:59AM

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Oh gawd that's all we need, Coyle sniffing around again! Feck off,Judas!
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15/05/2011 11:03:00

Yea, **** off Susan, with yer sound bite whining and 100M debt. There's a few of your signings you could have, like Van Der Schaff, McDonald, Bikey (bit contentious maybe, but he dallies on the ball way too much), Edgar (well, not Egdar, I like him) and just because your defence is only as good as Cahill who you need to sell off, simply p*ss off and find your own players - and pay for them too.
Mike Mada
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15/05/2011 12:42:00

Not to mention the support we gave McCann throughout his injuries and the tremendous passion the supporters feel for him - not quite ehat he would find at the debtors club eh?
Mike Mada
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15/05/2011 12:44:00

Should never have had the chance of signing McCann should have been under contract last year BFC cockup again.
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15/05/2011 13:26:00

From what I have heard privately, CMcC would not particularly want to play for OC. It would be ncie to think that - after having been paid for 18 months of rehab, he shows some loyalty and signs on for 3 years. Then, if we don't live up to his expectations, he can get a transfer away, meaning we get what he is worth in fees.
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15/05/2011 14:02:00

Although I havent heard anything privately - I agree with Barnsey. After the support the club has shown Chris over the last couple of years, I hope he repays the club by signing a new contract.
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15/05/2011 14:08:00

Coyle is becoming the bane of our life's, just when you think we had enough of him he crops up again, find your own players and leave Burnley alone you've do enough damage....
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15/05/2011 14:45:00

done enough*
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15/05/2011 14:46:00

"he can get a transfer away, meaning we get what he is worth in fees" I seem to remember there was that sort of activity when we filled our boots with Kyle Lafferty's transfer...
Mike Mada
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15/05/2011 15:34:00

I thought we had moved on from being a selling club but it all looks like the club's lip service to me! They always go in the end! The truth is the club are more or less back where they were financially buoyed up slightly by the parachute payments which won't last forever. I have yet to see any advantage of spending one year in the top flight despite the assurances we had gone down stronger! We should have done significantly better than Hull and Pompey but didn't. Just for once let's break the mould and build a squad that increases our chances significantly of a return to the top flight before all the pleading poverty malarky and the 'good business' bollox starts again
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15/05/2011 16:00:00

McCaan better stay Loyal after everything Burnley have done for him.
Grimsby Claret
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15/05/2011 17:14:00

Why don't I feel confident he will?
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15/05/2011 17:44:00

I hear there are a few kiosk workers and turnstile operators who Judas is also keen on luring to Horwich. He's also recruited a head hunting agency to tap up which cleaners he is after, in his attempt to empty the club of staff. To top this all off, he's just moved a few hundred yards from my brother - I can't shake the guy off, what a nightmare!
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16/05/2011 08:38:00

Have Bolton yet paid off the money that was owing for quite a long time to Bfc as compo for the backroom staff? Was it as recently as Xmas I heard they hadn't? Maybe on ClaretsPlayer? Meanwhile, I confess that I was lured into reading NotW Sunday a week back by promises of Pippa Middleton topless, but found much more exciting the article about Elmander being out of contract and Sturrridge's loan, of course, being up. I also remember gazing at the remaining fixtures, and working out that Notlob could well finish in the bottom half this season, and fantasised about how bad it could have been but for Elmander's goals in the first half, and Sturridge's in the second. As for McCann, I am going to take Corporal Jones from Dad's Army as my role model, and see if I can keep calm. TMP's reminder that Chris can't walk away for nothing does help a bit.
Couch Potato
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16/05/2011 10:13:00

Coyle's constant raiding of Burnley is natural, although it probably shows his lack of ideas. It's up to Burnley to show they mean business and keep the players. As others have said - where are the benefits of the season in the premiership for the fans not for Kilby and his prudence line?
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16/05/2011 23:00:00

Chris McCaan may wish to play for a Premier League club next year but in fact, should he stay with Burnley, (and I believe he does have some moral obligation to do so ) then he will be playing with a Premier League club the following year. His talent and captainship will get us up there. He will then have the opportunity to play against Bolton --- sorry I'm wrong they will have been relegated by then --won't they?
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17/05/2011 12:14:00

Regretfully I do not see the Board having anything like the ambition and hopes of the fans. My forecast is that we will sell any player if it seems profitable to the Board and replace them with some young hopeful. My bet is that the balance sheet at the start of next season will show a profit on the buying and selling of players. The miracle might happen and I am sure EH will try his best. I just hope I am proved wrong and the miracle happens.
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