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Will Burnley Be Shackelled by Pompey or Derby?

Will Burnley Be Shackelled by Pompey or Derby?

It looks like Burnley may be about to lose out to either Portsmouth or Derby if the speculation is true that they want to bring Barnsley defender, Jason Shackell to Turf Moor.

It is understood Derby are now clear favourites to sign the 27 year old centre half. The Rams according to media reports have had two bids of around £700,000 rejected but it is thought an offer nearer £1 million has now made by Derby and that this will be enough to tempt Barnsley to sell their highly rated captain.

Barnsley have also stated they have received no offer at all from Burnley so either the speculation is wide of the mark or yet again we have capitulated to clubs with more financial muscle than ourselves.Certainly the thinking locally in the media is that Howe had made Shackell his number one back four target and that he will now have to start looking for an alternative

Clarets fans will be forgiven for thinking that clubs with 'more financial muscle' seems to include every club in the Championship! Portsmouth for heaven's sake? Derby? Give me a break!

Shackell started his career with Norwich City after coming through their youth system. In September 2008 he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers after signing a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £1 million. He then signed for Barnsley for an undisclosed fee in May 2010. The imposing 6ft 4' defender replaced former Clarets defender, Stephen Foster as Barnsley`s captain this season.

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Date:Saturday June 11 2011
Time: 12:23PM


Oh for heaven's sake Burnley get a bloody grip!
11/06/2011 12:36:00
Tmp it could be EH thinks he's over priced at 1m and if its right regarding buying Treacy and Cork they could both cost the Club 1m each so unless EH has a transfer kitty of around 5m we cant afford everybody. One other point do we need to get rid of some of the high earners before we can even think of adding players to the squad, and if we cannot afford to buy 3 or 4 players who's bennefited from the year in the promise land.
11/06/2011 13:53:00
Sorry benefitted
11/06/2011 13:58:00
Guess we simply have to wait and see who we manage to keep hold of (McCann?), who we get shut of (Iwelumo?) and who we get. All I know though is that Shackell is very highly rated and sometimes you have to go the extra mile to get someone you want without being hindered by salary caps. Losing out to Pompey or Derby really sticks in the throat. If Derby rate him at £1m who is to say he's not worth that? A season in the Prem, the parachute payments and the £7.5 million for Fletcher can surely cover £1 million each for Cork, Treacy and Shackell? The philosophy simply has to change at Turf Moor and they need to create a climate where all players know they will be paid on merit and meeting objectives, so some will be on a higher wage than the salary cap because they are bloody high quality and deserve it
11/06/2011 14:04:00
Totally agree with you phil but some might say thats why we are in this position now with the likes of Iwelumo and Cort being the top paid players at the Club but not wanted by our latest manager.
11/06/2011 14:59:00
Always felt Iwelumo and Cort were panic buys by Laws to be honest would much rather trust Howe with a higher budget and give him a chance to get the Championship level players of the right quality we need to see us a) get promoted and then b) have a greater chance of staying up. Cork,McCann,Treacy and Shackell would all fall into that category IMO. Surely we can afford to buy £3 million worth of players (plus keep hold of McCann) and give them all a decent salary even if that meant breaking the salary cap? We have to show we mean business, I am sick and tired of the same old lame excuses and having to accept second-best all the time and I know we both agree on that one Fedup
11/06/2011 15:32:00
Who's to say we won't end up with the four you mentioned Shackell and Cork have not officially signed yet for any other Clubs.
11/06/2011 16:21:00
You may be right and I hope you are! I would be delighted and eat a load of humble pie if we do! After over 50 years of supporting the Clarets though I have yet to taste one and haven't a clue what flavour humble actually is?? ;-)
11/06/2011 16:48:00
So far it does not look like anyone is interested in the players we would like to go, if we offer them on frees I reckon the Board will plead poverty on paying for replacements. Time is going by and still nothing optomistic from the Board, I think we will be starting next season with a new look, young but relatively inexperienced squad. Just have to put my faith in Eddie to perform some magic.
11/06/2011 17:18:00
I posted on here that the board have no ambition and are happy with mid-table mediocrity a long time ago. Well, isn't that what we seem to be seeing? If we don't get some quality players in and pay a bit more, we can kiss goodbye to any hope of returning to the PL. We're not a big club, no, but we have a chance to compete at the moment, and seem to be letting that chance pass us by.
12/06/2011 04:36:00
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