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Case for the Defence-Howe on Eagles and Mears

Case for the Defence-Howe on Eagles and Mears

Eddie Howe was interviewed by Daz Bentley after the Torquay victory in what was described as a bitter-sweet day.

By that of course Daz was suggesting the 3-1 win over Torquay at Plainmoor went someway to softening the blow following the earlier grim news before kick-off that Eagles and Mears would be allowed to speak to Owen Coyle's Bolton with the two clubs having agreed £3 million for both players.

Poor Eddie therefore after the game had to put a brave face on things to try and justify the loss and indicate what he would try and do with the extra dosh heading his way.

Probably the most telling statement was his opening remark on Clarets Player which curiously seems to have been removed from the article on the Official website.

'Always disappointing to lose your BEST players, he said indicating that both were excellent for the club last season.

Clarets fans will also remember a previous statement from Eddie that he intended to build his squad around his best players so the loss of Eagles and Mears should be viewed in that context in my opinion.

Howe continued:

'It will be really sad if both lads go.

'The difficulty there was the length of their contracts. They only had a year left and would have both left for nothing next summer, so I think from the club's point of view £3 million is a lot of money and hopefully it's money that we can use to bring in replacements.'

'We always had this in the back of our minds with Chris and Ty, because of their contract situation, so it's not absolutely unexpected. But we hadn't heard anything previously and it happened very quickly yesterday. That's football for you. It throws up unexpected twists and turns and we are going to have to react now.'

'If the lads had three years left on their contracts the fee would be very different, but that's the reality of football. We have tried to make both stay, but they want to play Premier League football and that lure is too great.

'We'll just have to wait and see what happens at the end of the day because at this point only the fee has been agreed, but we would be sorry to let them go. It's a difficult one because you want to build a team capable of winning promotion, but at the same time there is the money to think about.'

'We are obviously light now on numbers and we need to bring in some quality,' Howe added. 'The key thing is not to panic and the big challenge now, for us, is to identify the right players.

'It does change who we need to look at because we had targets identified before Tyrone and Chris, so we might have to re-think slightly.'

All Clarets fans whether happy or not with the situation at the club will at least be hoping that these extra replacement targets, indeed all targets will soon be on board with just two weeks left before the new season kicks-off.

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Date:Sunday July 24 2011
Time: 1:24PM


Interesting that Howe says that it all happened very quickly yesterday (Friday) and yet on Saturday morning following a Daily Mail article, Daz was advising Clarets on Twitter that we should all chill and not believe everything we read in the papers?
24/07/2011 13:31:00
Yes, a strange one this, but after hearing the news I had a look at a work colleague's 'Sun' only to see the statement that 'Burnley and Bolton have agreed a £3 million fee for Mears and Eagles' ! Bad news that we've lost them, but what can you do if they want to go? The Scotsman who's an Irishman knew damn well of their desire for premiership football, and once he dangled the carrot there was only one outcome really. Th a******e doesn't know when to stop with regards to damaging this club. I no longer find myself hoping that this will be Eagle's first consistent season, carry on as you have been mate. So, moving on, let's hope Eddie finds the right replacements, and someone who can do it in every game ,not just a few.
24/07/2011 14:06:00
I don't really disagree with any of that WC,what I find hard to believe is that we were not planning for this with Howe only now saying he has had to change his target policy to replace them?
24/07/2011 14:14:00
're-think slightly' were Eddie's words, so i think he has indicated it was in their minds. The issue has come up late of course, but even though I truly hate the b*st*rd, I think it's bizarre to consider that Coyle planned it this way. With his one-track personal success agenda (that went so well for Bolton last year, eh?) he is out for bargains that will fulfil his objectives. Sad to say, I don't think either of these players have given a hint that they are the two who can do it for him.
Mike Mada
24/07/2011 14:21:00
Slightly seems somewhat of an understatement though considering we now have to find a new right back unless they take up the cheapo option of cutting Eckersley's loan spell in Canada short? I always thought though they thought Eagles would be off when we kept being linked with wingers, most noticeably Keith Treacy
24/07/2011 14:25:00
When Ferguson, Wegner, Mourinho etc have also lost their best players in recent years, it shows us that it's just the way football works. Players come, players go, we have to judge what happens on the pitch and unless I'm very much mistaken, we haven't played a game in the league yet? Plenty of time to see how the season is taking shape before we decide if we're miserable or not. It shows to me though the importance of balancing the books, you can't gamble then find your best players (or manager) have let you down. e.g. if Coyle had left after we had lost at Wembley the club would have been sinking fast. You need to be solid financially. Eagles and Mears had to go.
24/07/2011 15:19:00
'The way football seems to work' is different to the way that Burnley seems to think it should work. They seem to be on a moral crusade to prove they are frugal with money and wont make the same mistakes as all the other clubs that go into debt /administration laughing in the face of Southampton (who get Cork), Pompey (who might get Pato), Hull (who finished just 3 points behind the Clarets) and Leeds (who finished above us). This is fine if you want to watch second-class football all the time being unable to compete with those that dare and win but I stress football is an 'entertainment business' something which most other clubs in the Prem/Champs have realised and have speculated to accumulate. We on the other hand would appear to be unique and worse off than any other club on the planet if you listen to some fans so we couldn't possibly spend more than we earn! Of course if you suggest we do,its all doom and gloom about going into administration and nobody possibly wanting to save us! And they call me negative?
24/07/2011 15:46:00
Dear phil Leeds southhampton. Hull Leicieter Portsmouth are living on borrowed time as soon as the overated players they have spent to much money on plus their wages & no alleigiance to the club. things will go t---- up for them
Albmaleaf claret
24/07/2011 15:57:00
Yeah but at least their fans will have enjoyed the ride, may well have seen their clubs in the Prem making even more money and even picked up the odd trophy or two.We can speculate till we are blue in the face but the reality is barring a miracle if we don't follow suit we will not get anywhere and are more likely to get relegated'
24/07/2011 16:14:00
Football entertainment PL star acts I give you....Stoke, Bolton, Blackburn, Wolves, Fulham, Birmingham and WHU last season. May I say Holloways lot were entertaining! However a lot of clubs just play to survive once the lure of cash overtakes every entertainment factor.
24/07/2011 16:52:00
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