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Grezza Leaves Turf Moor

Grezza Leaves Turf Moor

It had been widely speculated that Graham Alexander could be leaving the club and now this has been officially confirmed.

The 39-year-old had struggled to feature in Eddie Howe's first team last season and failed to make one start under the new gaffer following the departure of Brian Laws.

Grezza still had one year of his contract to run as player-coach but it is widely thought that he still wanted to play football rather than concentrate on the coaching side. This appears to have been the sticking point despite only recently Howe telling BBC Radio Lancashire that Alexander remained in his plans for the coming Championship season.

However he has now left Turf Moor after having the final year of his contract at the club cancelled by mutual consent.

The Scottish international joined the Clarets from Preston in August 2007 and certainly had his high spots with the club. He of course helped Burnley gain promotion to the Premier League as well as eventually replacing Steven Caldwell as club captain. His success rate from the penalty spot was of course legendary and only last season he became only the second outfield player to reach 1,000 career appearances in English football.

A club statement has been provided which reads:

'Burnley FC would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Alexander, who has been a model professional and influential leader during his four years at Turf Moor.

"The club captain was hugely instrumental in the Clarets` rise to the Premier League and played a major role during the club`s inaugural top-flight campaign.

"Towards the end of the 2010/11 season, the (Scotland) international then made history by becoming only the second outfield player in English football to make 1,000 senior appearances.

"However, the aim of the Burnley Football Club board of directors, with the full backing of manager Eddie Howe, is to now pursue a long-term strategy of lowering the average age of the playing squad.

"In closing, everyone at Burnley Football Club would like to wish Graham every success in his future playing and coaching career."

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Grezza and I am sure all at Vital Burnley will wish him well in whatever career path he now chooses. A great servant,one of the best and a superb ambassador for the game epitomising everything that is good about football today.

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Date:Monday July 4 2011
Time: 7:26PM


No surprise really,sad but all good things come to an end! Just a pity a coaching role at the club could not be found to tempt him enough. Fair play to the guy if he still feels he wants to play though. The fact though is he is not good enough now at Championship level
04/07/2011 19:30:00
The writing was on the wall for grezza, a true pro on and off the field hope he finds what he looking for in the future. All the best Grezza its been a pleasure watching you in claret and blue.
04/07/2011 20:17:00
Sad to see him go - Proud to have him at the club for the last four years. Unbelievable penalities but he was much more than that. Best of luck to Grezza in the future playing/coaching.
04/07/2011 20:33:00
Really, really hope he finds what he wants. Many, many thanks for what he has given to BFC. All the very best Grezza.
04/07/2011 20:38:00
A fantastic ambassador to the club and to football in general, Grezza will be greatly missed at Burnley Football Club. I'm sure all Clarets fans will wish him all the very best for the future, as I certainly do. Farewell to an absolute star.
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04/07/2011 20:39:00
Echo the above sentiments, still thought he could have played a role for us but you do have to look to the future, good luck Grezza wherever you end up.
04/07/2011 20:44:00
Best of luck Grezza! You could still sue Burnley for breaching age discrimination laws ("the aim of the Board is to reduce average age....)
04/07/2011 21:00:00
Yes, agree with all the above. Really sad but inevitable and it's true that all good things come to an end, and Alexander really was a good thing for this club. I hope things work out for him whatever his plans are.
04/07/2011 21:31:00
Arise................ SIR Alexander ....... for we the clarets faithful salute you sir !!!
04/07/2011 21:33:00
I don't think in nearly 50 years of supporting the Clarets, I had ever been so confident about Burnley scoring a penalty when Grezza stepped up to take 'em! That if nothing else will be my endearing memory of the guy!
04/07/2011 21:41:00
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