Nixon says Grezza to Go!?
Eagle-eyed Clarets fans looking at the photographs of Burnley's first pre-season training session this week may well have spotted one face absent from the Official photographs-Graham Alexander.
The Burnley Express have also published about 80 photographs from this week's training session and I have had a look at all of them. Although I can't be 100% sure, Grezza does not appear to be featured.
Take a look and tell me what you think. The link is as follows:
Burnley Express PHOTOS: Burnley FC return to training
But whether he was there or not, our infamous reporter, Alan Nixon writing in the Daily Mirror has fuelled speculation that his days at Turf Moor are numbered.
'Burnley boss Eddie Howe is letting long-serving Graham Alexander go - and wants him to find a new club. Alexander was feted after reaching the 1,000-game mark last season but now his time is up at Turf Moor. Former Scotland international Alexander still has a year left on his contract and was due to combine playing with coaching with the Clarets.However, young boss Howe - who is six years younger than 39-year-old Alexander - has now decided he is not needed in either capacity and has shown him the door.'
One of the annoying things about Nixon, despite Clarets fans hatred of the guy after his close association with Owen Coyle, is that he tends to be correct. There may be an element of truth therefore in this speculation about Grezza but the way Nixon writes his comments it almost sounds like there has been some sort of bust-up between Grezza and the gaffer. Let's hope not and that whatever happens if Grezza does leave the club, he goes without any sour taste in his mouth after the good service he has shown both Burnley FC and football in general over his long career.If Nixon is wrong about this,he should be taken to task! Reading between the lines though and not Nixon's, you do sense that Grezza does not feature in Howe's plans in light of the new management team he seems to be building-up. His playing days at this level must surely be numbered, and if Grezza still wants to play, that could be the cause of any friction.