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If the Cork Pops will it be Champers or Dampeners?

It was reported recently that Chelsea would be prepared to accept 750,000 for Jack Cork and that would certainly be seen as a snip by most Clarets fans so will we sort out a deal?

One former Clarets player and manager, Frank Casper thinks we would be mad not to sign the Chelsea midfielder on a permanent deal.

"Jack Cork`s a class player. He would be a steal at 750,000. I`d snap their hands off," said the 66-year-old.

Cork himself would appear to relish a return to Turf Moor for a third spell but this time on a permanent basis. He said recently:

"I just want to play football really. If someone comes in from above and says you`re going to sit on the bench and maybe play here and there, it`s hard because it`s Premier League football but playing every game is what I want to be doing. At Burnley I`ve been doing that and I`ve really enjoyed it so if I can come back here and help to try to push again for promotion I`m happy to do that,

"A lot of fans have come up to me and said I`ve done well and they understand if I want to move on.

"But I like everyone here, they`ve been good to me and I don`t want to let anyone down.

"I`ve had a good couple of years here and I want to try to help the club push on."

He has also dropped hints he would like to stay in the North West saying:

"I`m settled already and my girlfriend`s settled here and I do like it as a place.

"It`s a good place and a friendly club and I`ve met a lot of good people here. I have to sit down and decide what I`m going to do in the summer.

"If anyone was to come in for me Burnley would be right up there as the club that would most interest me."

For heaven`s sake Burnley, do not let him slip through your fingers!

Certainly Eddie Howe has been impressed by Cork since he took charge in January but in a worrying article in the LT suggested our chances of signing him depends a lot on whether the funds for the England Under 21 international are available. Surely they have to be or what is the point? Cork has been one of our most impressive players in recent seasons; his talent is there for all to see. It would be a disgrace for this club not to pull out all the stops to sign him and please don`t tell me after a season of top flight football and the benefit of parachute payments, we cannot afford to strike a deal. If we can`t then the ridiculous statement about going down stronger can once and for all be kicked into touch where it belongs!

Some would argue (myself included) that we should have signed him up last summer even if then he was believed to be on offer for 2 million. That would have still been a snip had it ensured it kept the sharks at bay. Now we could be in a battle to sign him especially at the seemingly reduced price tag so why did we go down the season-long loan route? Surely it was always going to get more difficult to get him on a permanent deal, especially if he continued to play impressively for the Clarets which of course he did! He even got the Goal of the Season award for his winner away to Preston as well as picking up a number of POTY awards so it is clear what the fans and the club think about him.

The club do seem to be trying to sign him at least. Operational Director, Brendan Flood is understood to have had recent discussions with the player`s agent but with Cork now back at parent club, Chelsea all we can do now is wait and see what develops.

So who else are in the market for Cork?

Well according to recent gossip in the red-tops, newly relegated no longer Premier League, Blackpool and promoted, no longer League 1, Southampton are in the running but surely we should be able to fend off their advances? We are all Championship lads together now again, but then Blackpool may sell Charlie Adam and trump our bid with the money they get! Mind you we certainly trumped the rest of the Championship last season by selling Fletcher to Wolves for 7.5 million and getting Chris Iwelumo didn`t we (not)?

No sorry, no excuses this time please, it is time for this club to try something different and prove to all Clarets fans, we mean business by signing Cork so get yer finger out and make it so!!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 29 2011

Time: 9:31PM

Your Comments

So what do you think,will Cork be a permanent Clarets player come start of 2011-12 or will they balls it up and come out with all the usual nonsense about why we couldn't get a player who is exceptional and clearly would welcome a permanent move to Turf Moor? Be professional for once Burnley and sort it!
turfmanphil
How long before there is shared ownership or long term loans, meaning that burnley could effectively keep a player like cork for a long tern agreement until either Chelsea decided he was good or not good enough to go back
Oxfordspur
Not a bad idea that OS although I think in this case the player has decided he wants to move on. Cork sounds like he wants to stay in North West and play for Burnley, we should make sure he does not slip through our fingers
turfmanphil
If it is down to if the funds are available, look at the finances. The news today say that the play off today will be worth 90 million to the winners. Must have been worth near that when we won the play off. Add to that the profit we made in the transfer market in the last close season. And there is doubt whether we can afford 750,000 for a player of undoubted quality, likes the club and the area, all the signs he could be a long term and happy player. Am I dreaming, get off down the road and grab a bargain. If we do not do this I will be finally convinced of my suspicion that the Board have no real football ambition at all.
cornwallclaret
Makes me wonder what goes on in the board room at the Turf, the cock-ups over the last two years is unbelievable. The fans have done there bit again by buying season tickets yet the Club don't seem to want to get and keep quality players like Cork and McCann, these two deals should have been done long before the end of the season. Hope these two deals are sorted or i really do feel sorry for Eddie Howe.
Fedupclaret
Eddie Howe is an ambitious manager. He must be frustrated at what seems to be a lack of ambition from the Board, I understand the need to keep control of expenditure but to let an asset like Jack Cork slip away is nothing less than stupidity. How long will Eddy put up with it as he sees his career slipping away.
cornwallclaret
90 Million over 4 years. Average wage for Prem League player in bottom half of table = 10k? x 15 squad players x 52 x 4 years = around 32 Million then you add all the staff and the other players wages and soon 90 Million means ......imo you still have to balance a balance sheet as every players agent wants Bullard money e.g 40k a week. It all sounds great and I believe it is but the reality is on promotion the clubs wage bill rockets as even the manager wants more money!
VinRogue
Good Post VR
Claretdale
If we cant get a player of such quality that seems happy to come here, then we really have to ask why do we bother? Cork is EXCEPTIONAL quality and without looking at the total wage bill surely it has to be worth signing him up even if we scrimp on the rest of the squad. Are you seriously saying that Blackpool and Southampton do not have the same wage bill issues and problems? If Cork goes to one of them, we really do have things to worry about
turfmanphil
I'm at a total loss with this board so many massive mistakes, on reflection the manager scenario we cocked right up we were totally ill prepared were was our plan B ?? I will tell you for why, 1) a monstrously unambitious appointment of Brian Laws whilst we where still playing in the prem league! what other prem outfit would have selected him, 2) the unceremonious removal of the same 3) the almost farcical selection of a new manager where the board seemed to be weeks behind targets that were being actively promoted on this site by fans, their pathetic gaff over Lambert is nothing short fr an embarrassed still now I would love to think Eddie Howe was top of the list but clearly he wasn't, demonstrative to this fact is that Eddie pledged his allegiance to Bournemouth 3 days before the clarets showed interest live on sky, at that time we were on week 3 of looking for a manager this speaks volumes of our lack of planning 4) More over what becomes massively worrying as a fan is the gross mismanagement of funds examples such as the leisure centre and it closure cost the club around 2M to just leave it emptyand sack the poor staff in there why is it not being used rather than sat there mothballed even at a loss some revenue is better than no revenue.... ok so yes there are plans for this to now happen, but this is were we go from the sublime to the ridiculous, after many planning appeals and several million quid we have now reconsidered the Gawthope redevelopments and considered it as non viable ...... are they kidding us! did they not consider this before spending over 2M....... it gets even worse what of the plans for the development of the hotel and leisure areas on the cricket field side again planning monies completely p***ed against the wall..... 8M quid withdrawn from the club by Brendan Floods receivers, when you start to patch together the quilt you have to start to ask some serious questions about the ability of this board following this then were are our expensive players, where is our money?, where is our ground development?, why in gods name is Fletcher being paid a CEO salary when every thing he has been involved in has collapsed or not gone forward. Time for Mr Kilby to re-evaluate things the boards a sham...... all I see is a new pitch and 4 new players ( none of them any better than what we had ) equating to a figure of outgoings which is less than a figure of incomings for Stephen Fletcher on this basis I ask the following question .......WHERE IS OUR MONEY? WHERE ARE THE EXPENSIVE PLAYERS THAT WILL ULTIMATELY SECURE OUR PROMOTION BACK TO THE PREM ? MOREOVER WHERE IS OUR AMBITION
hollinsclaret
I have some sympathy with all those comments HC! I do think it is now time to have a change in attitude, to take more calculated risks and at least in terms of PR stop coming across as a complete bunch of amateurs before we become a laughing stock! If that means a change in the Board sobeit
turfmanphil
Well if Iwelumo is on 15k a week, gawd help us!
turfmanphil
Hollins, I always enjoy your spirited contributions, even when I only agree with parts of them. (For me, the appointment of Howe was not such an excruciating process as you certainly suggest it was for you. For me it was perhaps aired a bit too openly, albeit in a way that was trying to respond to fans' desire to be kept in the picture; but it came across to me as the sort of thing that goes on in complex competitive negotiations anywhere. Was the failure by Burnley to recruit Lambert any more embarrasing than, for example, the Champions League Champions' failure to recruit Fabgregas? Or Rangers' failure to recruit Eagles? Do you need perhaps to toughen up???) Anyway, I wish you'd post on here more often. DO you mind if I ask how confident you are that everything you have said is 100% accurate? For the example the 2M that you advise has produced nothing at Gawthorpe and the 2M cost of mothballing the leisure centre? Or that the planning money on the hotel etc was actually out of the club's coffers? I'm not saying you've got it all wrong, I am just asking how confident you are, which to me is just what anyone should do when someone says anything in this scale of significance. Also could you clarify for someone like me who lives away from town, is the leisure centre closed currently? Beyond this, it certainly sounds as though you're more up-to-date than me concerning the Modus receivers, and it is certainly a story that underlines an important difference between investments and loans. But it's perhaps important to ask ourselves, no matter how much the loss of those loans saddens us, whether we'd have secured our all too short stay in the PL if those funds had not been loaned in. May I end by recommending an excellent article in a recent WTBM fanzine that went some considerable way to explaining where all the money is? I think it may also have been posted on here? Do please keep posting on here.
Couch Potato
 

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