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Are the Board making a Jay Rod for their Own Back?

Are the Board making a Jay Rod for their Own Back?

Disgruntled Clarets fans this week following the sale of Danny Fox to Southampton may have been placated by the words of Brendan Flood to some degree yesterday. Our Operational Director has been trying to keep the Hampshire club at bay in their attempts to also sign striker, Jay Rodriguez. It would appear that the club have already turned down an offer of £4.5 million from the ambitious, newly promoted Championship rivals. Flood has also slapped a 'Not for Sale` sign on the player but it is still expected that the Saints could increase their bid and there are rumours that some Premier Clubs could also be interested in the England Under 21 international including Newcastle and would you believe Arsenal! (I don`t!)

Surely though every player has his price and even the Club Statement following the sale of Fox recently made that obvious:

'We will only sell when we feel the fee exceeds our own valuation and where we feel we can invest that capital in promising young players that will be given the opportunity to develop at Burnley Football Club; a policy that allows us to remain ambitious` said the statement

Well you will forgive me if I can`t stop laughing at the word 'ambitious` but by the club`s own admission they must have a figure in mind for Jay Rod, so what happens if one of the clubs interested in him reach their valuation? Yes, quite he will be off!

What though would be the figure they would have in mind? £5 million? £6 million? £7 million? More?. A lot of Clarets fans would no doubt justify the sale of Jay Rod by calling it a good bit of business even though it would decimate our squad even more and at this late stage make it difficult to find replacements with the transfer window closing at the end of August. It would surely write off our promotion chances for this season even if they haven`t been already.

So could Brendan Flood`s words sound very hollow if this week they also agree to sell Jay Rod? What would also be the reaction from the Clarets fans? Already a sizeable number are angered and want some answers, could such a devastating bit of news push them over the edge and lead to protests against the Board?

Let`s look at Flood`s words and analyse them:

"There is nothing that would tempt us," he said when asked if Rodriguez had a price.

"He is a local hero and he wants to achieve success for himself and for Burnley.

"He is very much part of our plans, as are a number of players who are here who want to play for Burnley.

"We were chased by, in particular, Portsmouth for Martin Paterson, and other clubs have enquired.

"We also had enquiries about Charlie Austin, but we don`t want to sell any of our forwards.

"The only players we have sold are those who didn`t want to be at Burnley."

All sounds very good then but how foolish will those words look if something does tempt them to sell with an offer of £x million (with x anywhere between £5 million and silly money)?

What also would Jay Rod want to do if there was an offer on the table from a Premier League club? How would he feel about staying at Burnley rather than join his former colleagues at Southampton? We can only imagine and speculate but at least Jay Rod is a local boy and might want to stay but we used to say that about Richard Chaplow!

I just wonder too how many Clarets fans would also buy Flood`s statement that the only players the club have sold are those who didn`t want to be at Burnley.

He went on to say:

"Danny Fox, I don`t think, wanted to further his career at Burnley.

"The players who have left I don`t think wanted to stay at Burnley.

'They are good lads, but their ambitions weren`t with the club."

That may be true but shouldn`t the question be after a season in the top flight and all the hype associated with that, why players at this club no longer want to play for us? Is it because we have no ambition to return to the top flight, is it because we have reduced the salary cap to non-competitive levels or is there low morale now at the club? Would that morale not plummet even more if we also lost Rodriguez?

I don`t think anybody except those at the club could answer those questions and of course they would never do so in public so all we can do is take Flood at his word and hope Jay Rodriguez is still a Burnley player by the end of August and indeed is still with the club after the January transfer window also closes. Why don`t I feel confident that he will be? Guess I don`t need to spell that one out do I Barry?

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Date:Sunday August 14 2011
Time: 11:52AM


So what price would you put on Jay Rod that would make you say 'Good Bit of Business'?
14/08/2011 12:01:00
Selling him and subsequently buying a player like Nicky Maynard with spare cash also would be a good bit of business for me. But I cannot realistically see that happening.
14/08/2011 12:28:00
To late in this transfer window to sell Jrod for any price, in January if the price is to good to turn down and Howe has definate players to come you would have to think about it, remember he would be in his last year of his contract next season. As for Flood i do not trust him but i could be completely wrong about the man, with the pictures i've seen of him he would look more at home in the directors box at West Ham.
14/08/2011 12:45:00
I just got access to the net again, would someone give me the link to the full interview?
14/08/2011 12:49:00
I don't think we should accept any price, Jay Rod IS a local hero and our biggest asset both in terms of finance and moral at the club at the moment, He's an inspiration to many of the young players that we have (and supporters) and if youth is going to be our future policy and strength (as keeps being reiterated by BK and others), he is an essential part of any future plans at Burnley including a promotion push. Don't forget we sold Fletcher for 7 mill and got Iwelumo in part deal, who happened to be another journeyman who can score goals but had no real loyalty to the club, there are loads of players like that that we could buy with the money from a Jay rod sale! No thanks, in my opinion keeping him is essential, for the Fans, the youth and any real promotion challenge.
14/08/2011 13:25:00
I certainly don't want Jay Rod to be sold. Meanwhile anyone think Gary Cahill will be sold against C*yle's clearly stated wishes in what's left of the window? Or Jagielka's against Moyles's? Or Fabregas and Nasri against Wenger's? Did Paul Jewell at Ipswich want to sell Wickham? The last is possible, I reckon. My point is just that we're not the only club with dilemmas of this nature or where manager's don't get it all their own way. Heck, did Fergie really want to sell Ronaldo?
Couch Potato
14/08/2011 14:00:00
Yes but the likes of Fergie and co simply use the money to bring in some equally talented, high profile player(s) whereas we sell our best assets and then bring in lower league unknowns and pay them a pittance?
14/08/2011 14:09:00
Latest news - Jay Rod off to Bolton for 250,000 and exchange for George Oghani. "We do need some experience" added Kilby.
14/08/2011 14:54:00
Like Owen Hargreaves, for example tmp?
Couch Potato
14/08/2011 15:31:00
I think Flood means it regarding this one. He knows that to sell J Rod would bring massive criticism, and he's also very much aware that he's an important asset to this club. Regarding the 'good business' price, there isn't one as far as I'm concerned for J Rod. Since when is it ever good business to get rid of your best players, who want to stay, and during a time when we don't have to sell? If promotion is the goal, selling is out of the question, and it's now time to see this squad being bolstered instead of weakened.
14/08/2011 16:31:00
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