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Rumour Mill- Will Kilkenny Neil for the Clarets?

Rumour Mill- Will Kilkenny Neil for the Clarets?

The Clarets are one of a number of Championship clubs tracking Leeds 25 year old, midfielder Neil Kilkenny.

Kilkenny is an English-born Australian footballer with 8 full caps to his name for Australia.

Leeds announced on their official website in late May that Kilkenny had failed to respond to the club's offer of a new contract and that he would most likely be leaving the club. He is now out of contract at Elland Road

The news seems to have stirred a number of Championship clubs into action.

Burnley are one such club apparantly looking at the former Birmingham City player along with Hull City, Nottingham Forest, Ipswich Town and Bristol City.

The player is currently on international duty and played for Australia in their 3-0 win over New Zealand on Sunday being set to also feature in Tuesday's international against Serbia.

Once he returns to these shores, Kilkenny will have a lot of thinking to do and will have to decide which club may suit him best.

Kilkenny signed for Leeds United (then a League 1 club)in January 2008 initially on an emergency loan before completing a permanent transfer the following week.

He signed a three-and-a-half year permanent contract for a fee of £150,000.

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Date:Monday June 6 2011
Time: 10:20PM


Will be interesting to see what pulling power we have compared to all these Championship rivals! If the rumour is true, this could be a good signing though
06/06/2011 22:27:00
Be interesting to know why he wants to leave Leeds, can only think wages if he comes to Burnley. Still, good news that we seem to be active in the market.
07/06/2011 07:30:00
Good news at last a player that could have a future if we ever get back to the Prem. This is why i'm against the 30 plus age players coming with the money running out we need to look at the future.
07/06/2011 09:07:00
Fed up Claret you say money running out? my question is where the hell is it ???? I'm missing around £40M it's a joke we haven't spent sweet f.a. all we have to show is a new pitch a couple of signings under laws all paid for by the sale of Stephen Fletcher, where is the promotion money and the two parachute payments ??
07/06/2011 19:59:00
I am so bloody board with these bargain basement transfer speculations, what the hell is going with our club?why we pi**ing around on loans and rejects from other championship clubs if they arnt good enough for them they arnt good enough for us surly, i just don't get this at all? we have a short space of time to bounce back we are we wasting such precious time with tin pot ambition were are our serious targets WHERE IS THE BLOODY MONEY
07/06/2011 21:35:00
Listening to people and other forums there ain't going to be a lot spent by EH this season, and on top of that we need to ship out some of these over paid ageing stars befor we start to look at players coming in. On the other hand i could be completely wrong watch this space.
08/06/2011 08:52:00
Fed up claret, I think your absolutely right .... but that doesn't negate anything for them really, we can still have a clear out, we can buy and sell simultaneously, what I don't get is why they fans are so willing to except this? just don't get why there arnt more fans asking the questions of the board, you would have to be petty stupid to see that something is seriously wrong with our strategy at the moment, lets not forget the "ageing players" got us to the premiership, Don't want to say it but fact is time seems to be proving Coyle right..... the ambition and willingness to spend on really good players just isn't there the bigger question to me is how long are we (the fans) going to accept this as any kind of positive proactive strategy. I have to say i HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO CONFIDENCE in Kilby and this board, and Eddie Howe still has it to prove for me, having said that he needs the tools to do the job
08/06/2011 09:59:00
Hollins, I would have thought that key to unlocking your wish that fans both say, and ask for, more would be to present to the Board a reasonably clear and achievable Plan B. Does anyone you know have one? You have asked on other occasions where the money has gone. I am not an expert. But, are the following clues? First, promoted clubs don't get the fabled £60 million (now £90 million?) all at once. It comes over the various years until the last parachute payment is paid. Second, a lot of what money we have had so far went on promotion bonuses and new player salaries, which continue at a significant level. Third, we bought quite a few players as well as made money selling one, some of whom have done well, some considerably less so. Fourth, it's thought that firing Laws cost us a million. Fifth, we had to spend on bringing the Turf up to PL standard, then we spent more on the pitch and the all-weather training picthes. Sixth, a chunk of the money that got us promoted was in the form of a loan from Brendan Flood's companies. Why that was taken as a loan rather than an investment would have been a (complicated) group decision, and it would be wrong to assume it was necessarily what Flood wanted. Obviously, it would have been preferable if Allied Irish Banks (I think it was) had not called in their loans to Flood's companies. Perhaps they didn't need to? But it's my understanding that they did, perhaps because of thier own problems more than because of Flood's. That meant Flood lost control to receivers. They would have had no choice but to take back the money loaned to the club, with any agreed interest. So, while all of that could have gone better for the club, if Flood hadn't made the loans in the first place, we quite probably wouldn't have got promoted, and would have had to find some other way to handle the poor financial situation it's generally accepted we were in before that, which would probably have involved selling players and - who knows? - maybe even relegation, as has happened since to PNE. I would assume that the loss of that substantial loan investment is what put paid to the various stadium development plans. Meanwhile, Coyle can whitter on all he likes about 'ambition'. He does the easy bit of getting other people to pay for his. But, for those who have to sign the cheques, if banks aren't lending, if you've already mortgaged the ground, and if you haven't got cash beyond your existing spending commitments, what are you supposed to fuel that 'ambition' with? I am not saying your views are wrong. I am just trying to work out what the realistic alternatives are. I stand ready to be converted as a disciple to them. But I need to know more before I sign up.
Couch Potato
08/06/2011 10:54:00
CP, I began to post many of the same arguments this morning before work until I ran out of time. As is probably clear from most of my previous posts, I dont agree with all the 'board are doing it wrong' talk. Yes they have made mistakes ( ie. Laws), but so has everyone else on the planet. The money has probably been split across the areas you mention above, additionally before the promotion were we running at a loss? are we again now? Will we next season? If so, there also needs to be money to cover this.
08/06/2011 12:53:00
BOYS YOUR BUYING THE RHETORIC! .... Couch that's a great response and I thank you for it, its exactly why I would like to see a debate, not to argue with each other but more a proactive point more about "discovery" of key facts. It may well be I say I stand corrected and realise the board are fantastic, but as it remains I'm far from that opinion, in fact I am absolutely opposed to it as you know,Claret dale cheers for getting involved I want to be clear, I'm not saying the board are wrong all the time they have been a safe pair of hands and I do think they want what's best they are all genuine fans to a man, but that dosn't mean I accept all that being told to us, I have a comprehensive knowledge of how they have gone about sacking and closing the leisure centre and believe me the decision making is absolutely absurd, I simply don't agree with many of those points you articulate earlier, so there are couple of points worth re looking at for all of us, driven of course in the spirit of friendship lets get the debate going ..... Can anyone on this forum confirm what revenue is projected to have come into the club in the last two years before we look at the outgoings? Would you think a guess at approx £100 million is deluded or about right? my figure is made up of the £60million promotion (could be argued that this was in fact more Blackpool received £90 million a year latter,) and two more years of £16M parachute plus Steve fletcher at £7.5 M. Am I off my head is is this about right? or is the £60M INCLUDING the two parachute payments? If so why is it called a parachute Secondly the outgoings pale into insignificance compared to this incoming amount, our signings included Fox Marney Wallace, Iwelumo et al.that was approx £3m, we laid a new pitch at £1M ok so that leaves us with plus £3.5M after Fetchers sale, lets stick a high figure in for a score board new dressing rooms and upgrades to the all whether pitches say a £1m, and I m still looking at money of some £1.5 million BEFORE we even look at the remaining promo cash. Floodies business struggles they pull the plug and the receivers notice the "promise to repay on promotion to the premier league undertaking on the directors loan" it costs around £7.5M plus further cost and interest, .. ended up around £8.5M. Fingers crossed Brendan sorts them out with his actions later this year. However I'm looking at your post above and think I remember seeing the posted losses were around £3M for the year we got promoted so lets factor this in and give away to a cool million on the removal of a former manager... HOWEVER I'm quick to point out we got compensated by Bolton for Coyle and paid nothing to attract Mr Laws, so some of this compensation will have paid towards laws and Howes entry and exit packages. So from promo monies we spend £10M, so where is the other £50Million quid or £82m if the promo monies included the parachute payments. Placing the money to one side, what kind of debarcal were the managerial appointments? laws and the pain staking appointment of Howe our 4th choice on the list. We paid a fortune in setting planning permissions for Gawthorpe and now we arnt moving forward with the plan. We spent the same efforts and finance on the development of the cricket field plan, now correctly shelved We converted the Jimmy Mac stand into offices then a year later booted out the poor old tenants that had moved into the no limits enterprise suite and re converted it again. The business school for football has failed with its first partner before it even got of the ground, ok so we have a new partner in there and its going to go ahead, but not sure what kind of revenue driver that will be given most of the Uni's are on there arse. You just cant keep making so many mistakes and not delivering and expect fans to have the same confidence in you..... can you?
08/06/2011 15:01:00
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