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Howe on Pato-I desperately don`t want to lose him!

Howe on Pato-I desperately don`t want to lose him!

Many Clarets fans have been saying we have a new forward this season; one that will be key to our promotion prospects! That striker is none other than Martin Paterson!

Of course, he is not 'new' as such but after a season out of the limelight recovering from a persistent thigh injury, it seems like it, now that he has made a full recovery! Indeed it does feel like we have a new striker available to us! (in fact two if you also count Charlie Austin, now fit after recovering from a dislocated shoulder)

But now Pato is back for the Clarets, could someone else now poach him away from us? Already Reading and particularly Pompey have been linked with a move for the former Scunthorpe striker.

Former Clarets gaffer, Steve Cotterill seems hellbent on signing Paterson for Pompey.Burnley are reported to have already turned down two bids from Portsmouth with the second thought to be as high as £1.5m.

Howe has also made it clear to the Hampshire club that further offers would not be welcome. However,media reports earlier this week suggested that Portsmouth`s interest in Paterson is still very much alive with suggestions that as much as £2.5 million may now have been put on the table!

Now you know Burnley, always got an eye on the money and keen to hoodwink the fans that we can sell a player and call it a 'good bit of business' but are they really this time determined to hold onto a player or sell him to a club that dared go into debt and suffer administration and worse only a couple of seasons ago?

The rumours got so bad over the potential transfer of the 24 year old, that the Official Site issued the following statement from Eddie Howe

"We are not encouraging any talks and we are not discussing any bids as far as I`m concerned, and I`m sure the board are concerned.

"Martin Paterson is our player and I desperately don`t want to lose him.

"I want to build my squad around our best players and I certainly think Pato is one of them."

Strong words indeed so if we lose Pato then we know we wont be building the squad around one of our best players!

Let's hope then the Board dont see the £££££ signs spinning around and decide to further weaken the squad and keep the money for themselves rather than release the funds for Eddie Howe to make this squad competitive in 2011-12.

Come on you BFC, don't bugger this up as well like you did with Cork!!

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Date:Friday July 15 2011
Time: 9:26PM


I hate the word 'desperation' you always fear the worst!!
15/07/2011 21:31:00
This doesn't sound good!!!!
15/07/2011 21:34:00
Exactly what I thought and quite frankly after Cork I have absolutely no confidence whatseover that this Board will do the right thing and keep this team competitive! (if indeed it is anyway at the moment!)
15/07/2011 21:37:00
Cotterill remembers his days of being constantly hamstrunf by loosing his star players, and I hope he's got a ceiling imposed by Pompey on how far he can go with this. The point I'm making is that none of us know exactly where the finances stand at the moment, regardless of premiership, parachute or Fletcher money. I just hope that they're ok and that we don't have to even think about this.
15/07/2011 23:36:00
hamstrung !
15/07/2011 23:38:00
Opinions are one thing Phil but the constant comments aimed at the board are bordering on hatred , which I find very sad !! " and keep the money for themselves " is a spitefull comment and uncalled for in my opinion , most fans have no idea how a football club is run with all the ins and outs it entails and would'nt last a week in the role , just my opinion!
Bernie Lee
15/07/2011 23:58:00
Not hatred,frustration and a plea for a change of direction and if that comes from a change in the Board members itself sobeit. None of us know the fine detail of the accounts that is true, but what I do know is that I am sick and tired of constantly having to accept that 'ickle old Burnley never has enough money even when a season in the Premier was supposed to promise financial security for some time, when the parachute money was supposed to allow us to build a quality team and when the Board itself hoodwinked the fans into believing we had gone down stronger! If a fan doesn't think the Board has the strategy correct, and I don't then of course if we criticise them we are going to be accused of hatred. Put it this way if I fork out £400 for a season ticket each year, I expect to be entertained and I expect the club to be able to compete at this level. Keeping essentially the same squad from last season (one that we know was inconsistent and not worthy of a play-offs place), reducing the squad size, failing to buy a high quality player and letting him go to one in administration not so long ago and now potentially losing another to another club in administration does not strike me has being ambitious. If they are not careful they will sleepwalk into 2013, with gate revenues falling, the club stuck in midtable and their turnover so low they will not be able to attract the right quality of players we need to get out of the rut, then we really would have the right to show hatred!!
16/07/2011 07:41:00
From the fans wanting the Board to invest millions in new talent the manager is now desperate to hang on to the talent he has got. I fear the wind is not is not blowing in the right direction. Mid table mediocrity at best threatens again. Probably being too pessemistic again, the aim of the Board could not be anything other than automatic promotion, I hope.
16/07/2011 09:07:00
I assume Pato's fate may rest around the issue of wages - if we stick to the cap then it could be bye bye to one of our key players. If that happens (after Cork also) then surely the position must be reviewed - such an odd situation when the rest of the country is struggling, taking pay cuts and losing jobs!
Essex Claret
16/07/2011 09:23:00
Yes I have to concur with such comments from Turf Man. I pay over £1500 for my seats, and as many of you know I am one of the biggest critics of the current board and its business strategy. I have never run a football club or indeed worked within one, but I do have my own business and have worked for some of the best and largest brands in the world, to boot I have have three septate business degrees, one being a masters degree. So whilst some of my comments may seem scathing, they are not based on a fresh air though process, moreover they are based on my own personal business experience, we are all footie fans and business is as much a part of football these days as the players we put out on a Saturday afternoon, I value all opinions but like most, I have my own idea of what I would do if I was the Chairman of this great club of course this day dreaming adds to the fun of supporting our club.. Personally I think the board would do themselves a bigger favour if they were more honest and open with the fans about current finances, I don't expect war and piece on all the budgets after all we need to keep our powder dry with regards to money set aside for transfers, but if we are financially constrained then please explain this to us, this in turn gives us for for though, what is not acceptable is for the board to continue to allow such concerns to gain traction. Having said all of this many of us will struggle to understand where circa £80M has gone in the last two years!!! So whilst we are discussing business strategy let's have a little look at this...... Kilby looks like he's handing the baton of being the Chairman to Mr Flood, for me initially a very good move, anyone who knows the club understands that most of the negotiations are done through Brendan HOWEVER ROAD BLOCK AHEAD!! ...... whilst I rate him highly I am concerned about his forthcoming legal battle with Allied Irish Bank, I hope BL kicks their ar*e but what if not? what if Brendan buys up enough shares to became the new Mr Chairman, then next year looses his court battle with the bank, I understand he has personal guarantees up to an eye watering £35M what this means is if he looses Allied Irish Bank will call in the £35M security if this happens has BL got this kind of money? if not he would need to make an application (or his creditors can make an application for bankruptcy) this means in turn the shares become the property of the official receiver the real question is if this happens what would the receiver do given that they would have become the largest share holder in Burnley Football Club, well I can tell you he/ she has an obligation to realise as much cash as he can for his creditors and that could have a major impact on the club. So whilst I recognise change is needed and I rate BL, I am massively concerned that he should be buying more shares prior to this hugh legal challenge, I hope Mr. Kilby recognises this and sits out the chairmanship until this legal case has been concluded because the implications for the club could be immeasurable, further I hope someone raises such a question at the forthcoming chairman's meeting with share holders
16/07/2011 10:12:00
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