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Nixon says Grezza to Go!?

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.

He writes:

'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.

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Date:Saturday July 2 2011
Time: 7:55AM


Just hope whatever happens,there is no ill-feeling at the end of the day. That would be terrible really
02/07/2011 08:07:00
I wish Grezza every happiness. But everything comes to an end eventually. I feel confident that if Eddie is taking this step, he is doing it for carefuly considered reasons, which hopefully he has explained considerately to the people most closely involved. But such moments do often get emotional. If they do, I don't think fans should take it as indicative of anything wider than that, but then again, fans get emotional too... At the moment, looking at this as purely a footballing matter, Grezza probably would not be in my starting 16 or 18 or however many it is these days. Then again he has considerable powers to surprise. Looking at this from outside the confines of BFCworld, I wonder, in the current marketplace, whether any clubs would want to pay him whatever salary we're paying. And finally... allowing myself a moment of loking at the world emotionally... maybe this is a sign that Cork is about to sign, and with McCann back, our midfield is just too crowded?
Couch Potato
02/07/2011 09:43:00
I think it is fairly clear we would not miss Grezza on the playing side but I always thought he could be a great motivator and inspiration to the younger kids if only we could find a coaching role for him. The sticking point might just be that Grezza still wants to play!
02/07/2011 09:52:00
Can anyone see Grezza in the BE photo-shoot? One or two looked maybes but not sure
02/07/2011 10:09:00
No tmp looked twice and i cant see him, its just a shame we did not get Grezza ten years ago. Think with EH comments regarding a younger squad Grezza new his days were numbered, besides being a good footballer it was his motivation and leader skills on the pitch which we will miss the most plus the pens. Just a decent all round guy and if this is the end good luck Graham for the rest of your career.
02/07/2011 13:24:00
Looks like we are all in agreement. Don't think there is any doubt that Grezza has been a good thing in his spell at Turf Moor but, in reality, it is time for all parties to shake hands and move on.
02/07/2011 13:40:00
Interesting that only a week before Howe said-Howe told BBC Radio Lancashire: "As it stands now Graham will be with us for pre-season and next year. "He's contracted to us for another season. We all know how highly he is thought of." He added: "I know he was frustrated a little bit by a lack of football towards the end of last season but he had a very good season when you consider he made his 1,000th appearance which was a fantastic achievement."
02/07/2011 13:56:00
A real professional and a good example to any youngster, unlike the prima donnas of many top clubs, happy to sit on the bench and earn millions. Grezza wants to play football and I really wish he gets what he wants, playing and/or coaching. He has been nothing less than magnificent for BFC and deserves the credit and benefits for it.
03/07/2011 17:22:00
Suzanne Geldard now writes in the LT (Monday 4/7) that Alexander is still in negotiations with Burnley -see article link
04/07/2011 10:32:00
Geldart (he's staying) or Nixon (he's going)? Who do you believe?
Couch Potato
04/07/2011 12:36:00
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