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Breathing the Positive Turf Moor Air!

We have had a hectic close season debating the rights and wrongs of the club`s transfer policy, the Board`s strategy and our short to long term future. Some have viewed the articles on the site as being overtly negative and some have felt uncomfortable with criticism of the Board and club. Others however have welcomed the debate, joined in and aired their views positively or negatively. The overall effect has been good for the site in terms of hits having doubled from about 900,000 to over 1,800,000 since May 2011. Why does that matter? Well, our very existence is mainly to raise money via our 'Hit the Site, Help the Club` campaign. I am sure most of you know by now that the more hits we get, the more money I get paid and the more money I can give to Clarets Trust to buy shares in Burnley Football Club. That of course helps the club financially whilst at the same time giving the Trust a bigger say in raising the concerns of Clarets fans.

I am of course though acutely aware that being critical of the club can have its negative effects and as Editor of the site I do at times have to tread a fine line balancing the need to increase our hits with stimulating debate whilst at the same time trying to keep the peace with both our posters and the club.

You all know my stance on these matters and I don`t intend to go over those issues again. I have vented most of my concerns until I am blue in the face and now it is time for me to relax and chill seeking the good things that are happening at our club. My passion for change bordering on frustration, emotion and anger at times, I can see can have an adverse effect on certain individuals but we are all Clarets in the end seeking the same thing namely success for our football club. We just have different ways of thinking how that might be achieved.

I am physically drained now defending my position and I need cheering up, so let`s have an uplifting positive debate now on the good things happening at our club. I have not of course been alone in my criticism of the Club but I ask those who have agreed with some of the criticism to now join in with me and tell us what they do like about the club and what in particular gives them confidence for the future.

If I could set the ball rolling I would like to mention a few things in particular:

The Chairman and Board

You would think if Barry Kilby had read some of my criticisms about him and the Board on Vital Burnley that if we met in the street we would probably walk on opposite sides of it and ignore each other! I would hope that would not be the case. Believe it or not I do have a healthy respect for Bazza and believe he has done a lot of good things for this club and of course he is a Clarets fan like the rest of the Board. That can be both a positive and a negative in some respects but today I will just dwell on the positive. There is no doubt that running a club must be a difficult task having to balance the budget against the wishes of the supporters to spend more (at least some of us!). We can argue if the budget is not ambitious enough or not but the very fact someone has to run a club like Burnley in its very self deserves respect from all fans. I should not have to say this but there is of course no personal issue that I have with Barry Kilby or indeed anybody on the Board. I just have issues about the direction and level of ambition that the Board appear to show at times.

Some of the positives though include the development at Gawthorpe which at long last seems to be taking us into the state-of-the-art in the 21st Century not the 20th! You have to applaud the Board for sorting that one out even though some may have wished it had happened earlier. Youth development too has to be a great positive for the club. In the capable hands of Vince Overson and Martin Dobson, I think we should be really proud of the achievements made and the pipeline of youngsters coming through the system.

The Manager

Eddie Howe has my 100% backing. He might not be as demonstrative and high energy as Owen Coyle used to be in the technical area but there is something about the guy that tells me success could be just around the corner. It is just I am not sure how long the street will be before we get to the corner!

I may have some doubts about his policy to reduce the age of the squad to the levels he has which in effect also removes a lot of experience in the team but I am willing to support what he has done and see how it pans out.

So many have said recently, 'In Eddie We Trust`. I too am in that camp and now he gets chance to prove his worth with his own team. I wish him all the success in the world and he won`t get much criticism from me if things don`t quite work out in his first full season. Other factors are at play here and you can only do so much with the hand you are dealt.

The Players

I have been very happy with our signings during the summer believe me. Of course I could argue we have not signed enough or not signed proven players with experience but let`s say the potential of all our signings looks pretty good to me. The ex-Hammers pairing of Zavon Hines and Junior Stanislas actually excites me! I have not seen Junior play yet but he comes highly recommended and I can`t wait to see what he can offer. The few cameos I have seen from Zavon also gives me confidence. He looks a pacy, exciting striker and he offers us something different up front.

Danny Ings at 19 is obviously one for the future and it is just a pity the injury came before we had chance to see what he might offer. In Eddie Howe we trust though and I am sure he will be a fans` favourite before long.

Our two loan defenders from Manchester City have undoubted quality. Kieran Trippier seems to have made the right back slot his own already and looks to be improving every game whilst Ben Mee looks solid in defence in the main despite the odd lapse.

What about Keith Treacy? I don`t think we have seen the best of him by any means at the moment but the potential is certainly there and I believe he is a great prospect. He has clearly suffered in these early games from lack of match fitness but he looks to be improving all the time as his fitness returns.

What about the other players already at the club before the summer transfer window opened?

You have to give a special mention to Charlie Austin. He looks a great striker and he`s going to get a panful for us this season if his current form continues. I am also delighted for David Edgar, who for so-long has been sitting on the sidelines waiting to shine. He could be the surprise package in our back four this season and I hope he succeeds in becoming a regular starter. Is it just me or has Ross Wallace become a different player this season? For so long last season, he simply didn`t seem to be at the races but now you want to see him start every game. At times he seems to be on fire down the wing and a right handful. I am sure we shall see some goals from him this season too! Most of them from over 25 yards!!

One of the strong positives for me too is the number of players in the Development Squad coming through with so many now on the fringe of moving up to the first team. Alex MacDonald is one player who has surprised me. I had him earmarked for being released this summer after no first team appearance since 2009 but obviously Howe has taken a shine to him and it seems to have paid off! He doesn`t look like a striker to me being relatively short and stocky but there is definitely something to his game and I hope he makes the breakthrough this season.

Then we have Wes Fletcher, Alex-Ray Harvey, Dominic Knowles, Joe McKee, Steve Hewitt, and Kevin Long waiting in the wings. Well just spelling the names out tells you our long-term future at least looks secure!

You may have thought I had no hope at all for the club based on some of my recent ramblings but that is not the case. My only concern has been that I am not sure now is the right time to be going through a transition period with so many new, mainly young, inexperienced faces around. I think promotion is now more critical than ever before with the FIFA Fair Play ruling around the corner linking salary cap limits with club turnover but that doesn`t mean I am in total despair.

Eddie Howe may well have the knack of taking this virtually new team and turning them into promotion contenders this season. I would love that to be the case and in my heart of course I want that to happen so much. You will forgive me though that my mind is telling me that midtable is the most likely outcome. Even if that is the outcome, the following season may well be a different kettle of fish and by then this squad could well have gelled together so much we could be really strong candidates for promotion, even an automatic one. The optimism is also based on the fact that our youth development could well be bearing fruit as well by then so in that sense the future looks rosy.

A lot has been said about the removal of deadwood and reducing the squad average age. It is right that we had to go through this cathartic process with so many players still it seems hungover from the heady days of Owen Coyle and Wembley. We did hear rumours a lot of the players since released or wanting a move did not have their hearts in the club anymore. We can debate the reasons for that but taking the fact at face value then yes time to go!

It has also been said that the squad we have now have a hunger to get this club to where it belongs. That I think is also true and I welcome it. My only reservation is that I feel we may have lost too much experience now and with a young, unproven captain could struggle when it really matters in the high pressure must win games! I could well be wrong though and hope I am!

So that`s it really. You see even I can see a lot of benefits and I also do have hope for the future based on what I see rather than some sort of blind faith. Perhaps I am just impatient and want success yesterday but I hope today I have put across a more upbeat message and been more balanced. I do hope this has not come across as 'cheesy` after what I have said in the past. That is certainly not the intention. I believe what I have said above just as much as I have spelt out my concerns previously on the other side of the coin.

Finally an apology from me. I can't apologise for the strong opinions I have, they remain the same but I can apologise for the way I may have used the site to ram them down some of your throats! I have listened to many about this issue and taken note.

Now it`s down to you! Tell us all what is good about the club at the moment and try and refrain as much as possible from going back to the stuff that concerns you!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 4 2011

Time: 11:26AM

Your Comments

Excellent read that tmp. and I reckon you've just about covered everything that I'd mention. But to summarise , I also reckon that there's something about Eddie Howe that makes me think success isn't too far away, and the players he's brought in reinforce that view. Time will tell of course whether it's this season or next , but I'm quietly confident that it's coming.
WelshClaret
Excellent read that tmp. and I reckon you've just about covered everything that I'd mention. But to summarise , I also reckon that there's something about Eddie Howe that makes me think success isn't too far away, and the players he's brought in reinforce that view. Time will tell of course whether it's this season or next , but I'm quietly confident that it's coming.
WelshClaret
Just finished with the yellow paint! ...... painted my room a happy colour and gonna start some nice happy clipping after finishing this piece........ Ok so I'm up to my usual tricks of stirring up the debate. However as one of the main protagonists campaigning for change, I too think its time to declare my hand. This is an excellent piece TMP, I whole heartedly agreed with many of the positives you highlight! So our debating needs to be shelved and our efforts put behind supporting the team we all love, whether this is too early to be our year still remains, however what seems clear is that in Eddie we trust! and we all know that if you believe in something you have to give it time, I'm confident that the board would not have engaged in this strategy unless it was a longer term strategy, in a short period of time this manager along with the board have made huge wholesale changes, quite frankly they are possibly the largest and fastest changes I have ever seen at the club. In Eddie we trust lets kick back and see where he can take us in the next two seasons. One thing for sure he will have my full support ..... BURNLEY READY !
hollinsclaret
Just finished with the yellow paint! ...... painted my room a happy colour and gonna start some nice happy clipping after finishing this piece........ Ok so I'm up to my usual tricks of stirring up the debate. However as one of the main protagonists campaigning for change, I too think its time to declare my hand. This is an excellent piece TMP, I whole heartedly agreed with many of the positives you highlight! So our debating needs to be shelved and our efforts put behind supporting the team we all love, whether this is too early to be our year still remains, however what seems clear is that in Eddie we trust! and we all know that if you believe in something you have to give it time, I'm confident that the board would not have engaged in this strategy unless it was a longer term strategy, in a short period of time this manager along with the board have made huge wholesale changes, quite frankly they are possibly the largest and fastest changes I have ever seen at the club. In Eddie we trust lets kick back and see where he can take us in the next two seasons. One thing for sure he will have my full support ..... BURNLEY READY !
hollinsclaret
What do people think we gain and lose in the Stan Junior for Aging Wado in/out? What does anyone know about how and where Junior plays his best? And how versatile is he? Is he part of an overload upfront? Or a key part of a change in our midfield towards speed? Has that come at the expense of tackling and defence? Or have the key problems in our defence in recent years been not enough midfield speed and positional sense, not enough surrounding the other lot there when they are in possession, and not enough keeping the ball when we are? Barca beat Villareal 5-0 recently with 9 midfielders and 1 defender! Can we learn from that? Can we set alongside our anxiety about numbers of bodies at the back a growing a view that they are all reasonably versatile now, are collectively quicker now, and some of them can even kick with their left feet? And can we take heart from the fact that Charlie Austin will cover a lot more of the Turf when the opposition have the ball than Chris Iwelumo ever did? Will that be true of Zavon too? It would be good to be share thoughts about football, and - as I think TMP and Hollins are suggesting - and to let discussion of finance and history take a back seat for a bit.
Couch Potato
What do people think we gain and lose in the Stan Junior for Aging Wado in/out? What does anyone know about how and where Junior plays his best? And how versatile is he? Is he part of an overload upfront? Or a key part of a change in our midfield towards speed? Has that come at the expense of tackling and defence? Or have the key problems in our defence in recent years been not enough midfield speed and positional sense, not enough surrounding the other lot there when they are in possession, and not enough keeping the ball when we are? Barca beat Villareal 5-0 recently with 9 midfielders and 1 defender! Can we learn from that? Can we set alongside our anxiety about numbers of bodies at the back a growing a view that they are all reasonably versatile now, are collectively quicker now, and some of them can even kick with their left feet? And can we take heart from the fact that Charlie Austin will cover a lot more of the Turf when the opposition have the ball than Chris Iwelumo ever did? Will that be true of Zavon too? It would be good to be share thoughts about football, and - as I think TMP and Hollins are suggesting - and to let discussion of finance and history take a back seat for a bit.
Couch Potato
Great points couch... my west ham mate tells me stan junior is difficult to play against and is EQUALLY as good as a winger as he is a forward, he's quoted as saying he don't mind where he plays as long as he's attacking, he is supposed to be a class act. The age v experience worries me a bit, but lets see it in action before I get too worried
hollinsclaret
Great points couch... my west ham mate tells me stan junior is difficult to play against and is EQUALLY as good as a winger as he is a forward, he's quoted as saying he don't mind where he plays as long as he's attacking, he is supposed to be a class act. The age v experience worries me a bit, but lets see it in action before I get too worried
hollinsclaret
Great read turfman and for me you don't need to apologise you have your view regarding Burnley as i do and every other member. The thing for me is some of the players needed to leave the Club, now whether you do it over two seasons or all at once like EH and the board it had to be done. The new system we are playing looks good, we might not do anything this season with the young guns but who knows but we look like we are heading in the right direction. Its about time you cheered up tmp you grumpy old git (only joking).
Fedupclaret
Great read turfman and for me you don't need to apologise you have your view regarding Burnley as i do and every other member. The thing for me is some of the players needed to leave the Club, now whether you do it over two seasons or all at once like EH and the board it had to be done. The new system we are playing looks good, we might not do anything this season with the young guns but who knows but we look like we are heading in the right direction. Its about time you cheered up tmp you grumpy old git (only joking).
Fedupclaret
Great article tmp, as one from perhaps the other view point to tmp I thank you Phil for all your efforts. I think as an attacking force Eddie has given himself a great possibility of putting fear into the opposition with, Austin, Jay, Wallace, Treacy, Hines and Junior. Given McCann and probably Marney will hold the midde ground it then allows which ever 4 EH selects to go crazy at the opposition. Happy days are possible.
VinRogue
Great article tmp, as one from perhaps the other view point to tmp I thank you Phil for all your efforts. I think as an attacking force Eddie has given himself a great possibility of putting fear into the opposition with, Austin, Jay, Wallace, Treacy, Hines and Junior. Given McCann and probably Marney will hold the midde ground it then allows which ever 4 EH selects to go crazy at the opposition. Happy days are possible.
VinRogue
Look what happened to the last Pundit who sagely said you'll win n'owt with kids - had his face well and truly rubbed in it. Seriously there is a slight concern around the experience gap which might show when heads go down or we become involved in make or break games, time will tell. Like everyone else I am feeling more positive now than I was a mere 3 weeks ago but EH has a big challenge ahead - let us not lose sight of the fact that, for example, the WHUFC influx are players that cannot get a regular game at Upton Park and that Club is a direct competitor of ours. If Eddie can improve these lads and bond them into a truly competitive Unit then he will have more than earned his wages. UTC
Essex Claret
Look what happened to the last Pundit who sagely said you'll win n'owt with kids - had his face well and truly rubbed in it. Seriously there is a slight concern around the experience gap which might show when heads go down or we become involved in make or break games, time will tell. Like everyone else I am feeling more positive now than I was a mere 3 weeks ago but EH has a big challenge ahead - let us not lose sight of the fact that, for example, the WHUFC influx are players that cannot get a regular game at Upton Park and that Club is a direct competitor of ours. If Eddie can improve these lads and bond them into a truly competitive Unit then he will have more than earned his wages. UTC
Essex Claret
Reading your positive thoughts was a breath of fresh air. We can look forward to seeing the Howe Babes develop into great players, We may have in our midst A new Leighton James Martin Dobson Ralph coates Robbie Blake or even Jimmy Mac, lets wait and see how high this new young generation will take us. Enjoy the ride hold on tight yippeeeeeeeeeee.
Grimsby Claret
Reading your positive thoughts was a breath of fresh air. We can look forward to seeing the Howe Babes develop into great players, We may have in our midst A new Leighton James Martin Dobson Ralph coates Robbie Blake or even Jimmy Mac, lets wait and see how high this new young generation will take us. Enjoy the ride hold on tight yippeeeeeeeeeee.
Grimsby Claret
Like your piece tmp. I've come round somewhat to Eddie's vision of a younger, more attacking profile for the team. Looking back I feel we were getting a little stale and, despite losing so many experienced players, I now believe that we will see some exciting stuff this season. It may not come all at once, more of a gradual 'cranking up' as the race progresses - a bit like Mo Farah did today in his gold medal win in the 5000 metres! The BFCTV piece today with EH showing us around Gawthorpe adds to my confidence. Those improvements are long overdue and he makes some sensible points, not least regarding the psycological aspects to the players as a complete unit. I hope I'm right. I hope we see some fire in the belly, coupled with more co-ordination and joined-up thinking on the pitch. The future's bright, the future's claret!
Brompton Claret
Like your piece tmp. I've come round somewhat to Eddie's vision of a younger, more attacking profile for the team. Looking back I feel we were getting a little stale and, despite losing so many experienced players, I now believe that we will see some exciting stuff this season. It may not come all at once, more of a gradual 'cranking up' as the race progresses - a bit like Mo Farah did today in his gold medal win in the 5000 metres! The BFCTV piece today with EH showing us around Gawthorpe adds to my confidence. Those improvements are long overdue and he makes some sensible points, not least regarding the psycological aspects to the players as a complete unit. I hope I'm right. I hope we see some fire in the belly, coupled with more co-ordination and joined-up thinking on the pitch. The future's bright, the future's claret!
Brompton Claret
A youthful fast paced squad does excite me! When they grow in confidence it will have them getting the ball down and hopefully the points on a regular basis. I think Eddie will have us playing attractive and tactical football the way it should be played as this has proven to be successful in recent years. In Eddie we trust! I for back him 100% and think things will be better now in the dressing room than under previous mismanagement under laws without diverting this into the negative. Also if I were to chose anyone to take us into a more youthful transitional era then Eddie would certainly be the man I would chose. I would also like to see Edgar have his chance to shine and the firepower we do have does seem to be the the one with the highest prospects in the league! 3 under 21 internationals plus Austin then Pato when he does get back! I may come across as someone with a glass half empty mentality but come kickoff my support and positiveness is always in the team!!
YorkshireClaret
A youthful fast paced squad does excite me! When they grow in confidence it will have them getting the ball down and hopefully the points on a regular basis. I think Eddie will have us playing attractive and tactical football the way it should be played as this has proven to be successful in recent years. In Eddie we trust! I for back him 100% and think things will be better now in the dressing room than under previous mismanagement under laws without diverting this into the negative. Also if I were to chose anyone to take us into a more youthful transitional era then Eddie would certainly be the man I would chose. I would also like to see Edgar have his chance to shine and the firepower we do have does seem to be the the one with the highest prospects in the league! 3 under 21 internationals plus Austin then Pato when he does get back! I may come across as someone with a glass half empty mentality but come kickoff my support and positiveness is always in the team!!
YorkshireClaret
Cheers VR. I want to be with you the next time we get that promo we all want! Indeed all of the VB posters! What a blast that would be?
turfmanphil
Cheers VR. I want to be with you the next time we get that promo we all want! Indeed all of the VB posters! What a blast that would be?
turfmanphil
I can't remember who said it "if they are good enough they are old enough" Eddie seems to agree and I believe we are certainly on the verge of exciting times. Whether this will bring immediate results is another question but for entertainment value the future looks very tasty.
cornwallclaret
I can't remember who said it "if they are good enough they are old enough" Eddie seems to agree and I believe we are certainly on the verge of exciting times. Whether this will bring immediate results is another question but for entertainment value the future looks very tasty.
cornwallclaret
Great article TMP
boltonclaret
Great article TMP
boltonclaret
TMP - have you found God ? Must've been a hell of a pass ;)
cubanclaret
TMP - have you found God ? Must've been a hell of a pass ;)
cubanclaret
Austin hits the woodwork but tmp scores off the rebound....
VinRogue
Austin hits the woodwork but tmp scores off the rebound....
VinRogue
To me the "hunger to get this club to where it belongs" is the key. Attitude and skills make up two thirds of the success and teamwork completes the picture. What we saw at Derby was something that was very near to what we all want. OK EH has got us this far - can we continue to build or are we in for more lows than highs. Like some others I'm feeling positive.
AndyHo
To me the "hunger to get this club to where it belongs" is the key. Attitude and skills make up two thirds of the success and teamwork completes the picture. What we saw at Derby was something that was very near to what we all want. OK EH has got us this far - can we continue to build or are we in for more lows than highs. Like some others I'm feeling positive.
AndyHo
Always going to be highs and lows, all part of the excitement, just want lots of highs and how boring if it was always win, win, win.
cornwallclaret
Always going to be highs and lows, all part of the excitement, just want lots of highs and how boring if it was always win, win, win.
cornwallclaret
I have thought about this article overnight and just want to reiterate publicly to Phil, thanks for reminding me/us that you are a supporter and not just a journo critic. Some may not realise how much effort you put into Vital, with little support from others (I am guilty on that count), sorry Phil.
VinRogue
I have thought about this article overnight and just want to reiterate publicly to Phil, thanks for reminding me/us that you are a supporter and not just a journo critic. Some may not realise how much effort you put into Vital, with little support from others (I am guilty on that count), sorry Phil.
VinRogue
Nice one VR. A lot of us could say the same (methinks).
AndyHo
Nice one VR. A lot of us could say the same (methinks).
AndyHo
Cheers VR,much appreciated as for helping the site, 'Every Little Helps' even if that involves just using the site and posting as you do and of course you have got your baby. the 'Scores on the Doors' forum up-and-running now as well so thanks for that!
turfmanphil
Cheers VR,much appreciated as for helping the site, 'Every Little Helps' even if that involves just using the site and posting as you do and of course you have got your baby. the 'Scores on the Doors' forum up-and-running now as well so thanks for that!
turfmanphil
I grew up during the 70s and 80s and I even remember listening to the Orient game whilst in Norwich a couple of days before my final exams started. Frankly, during that period the football served up at Turf Moor was rubbish, the players were - in the main - useless and the attendances were regularly less than 5,000. And often much lower than that. I want Burnley to win every game, all the cups and even the World Snooker Championship but, perhaps because of those days or perhaps because I don't take football too seriously now, I generally don't worry about things. In football and life there are always things that aren't going so well, and usually things that are. We're in The Championship, can get a ticket to every game if we want it (and can afford it) and Eddie is building a new team. It might take time...but we'll be ok. A man outside work today said to me that I should look to The Lord Jesus Christ as being my Saviour. If he can play centre-half we could be in business.
RickersTwickers
I grew up during the 70s and 80s and I even remember listening to the Orient game whilst in Norwich a couple of days before my final exams started. Frankly, during that period the football served up at Turf Moor was rubbish, the players were - in the main - useless and the attendances were regularly less than 5,000. And often much lower than that. I want Burnley to win every game, all the cups and even the World Snooker Championship but, perhaps because of those days or perhaps because I don't take football too seriously now, I generally don't worry about things. In football and life there are always things that aren't going so well, and usually things that are. We're in The Championship, can get a ticket to every game if we want it (and can afford it) and Eddie is building a new team. It might take time...but we'll be ok. A man outside work today said to me that I should look to The Lord Jesus Christ as being my Saviour. If he can play centre-half we could be in business.
RickersTwickers
I like the new shirt. Things are better than they were when I were a lad.
pmh200111
I like the new shirt. Things are better than they were when I were a lad.
pmh200111
Good article TMP, Positivity is what we all need, I agree and I think most Clarets fans do, that EH has a good feel about him and I feel success will follow him to Burnley, Youth for a club like Burnley has and must be the way forward the new Gawthorpe development, Young Signings, The Centre of Excellence are all good steps towards it, even the UCFB may well be too!! Its a new start and an exciting time to be a Burnley fan, Eddie stated he wanted a young squad and youth was key when he first came in, thats what were getting, so it seems we may have a manager with integrity, who keeps to his word and sticks by his plans. It may not be instant results but I think the right results will come. UTC.
dreddedclaret
Good article TMP, Positivity is what we all need, I agree and I think most Clarets fans do, that EH has a good feel about him and I feel success will follow him to Burnley, Youth for a club like Burnley has and must be the way forward the new Gawthorpe development, Young Signings, The Centre of Excellence are all good steps towards it, even the UCFB may well be too!! Its a new start and an exciting time to be a Burnley fan, Eddie stated he wanted a young squad and youth was key when he first came in, thats what were getting, so it seems we may have a manager with integrity, who keeps to his word and sticks by his plans. It may not be instant results but I think the right results will come. UTC.
dreddedclaret
Howe is definitely the key, as I hint above I am sure he can ensure success eventually, my only concern is that we might not have that time with all this FIFA Fair Play stuff waiting in the wings and parachute money not lasting forever. We have to remain competitive and the best way of doing that is to get promotion this season! Simples! (cough!). Trust me, I really want success as any Clarets fan would. Just hope we have enough in our locker both in terms of quality and quantity in the squad to have a chance this season. Anyway bugger all that,lets just stuff Boro!! [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
Howe is definitely the key, as I hint above I am sure he can ensure success eventually, my only concern is that we might not have that time with all this FIFA Fair Play stuff waiting in the wings and parachute money not lasting forever. We have to remain competitive and the best way of doing that is to get promotion this season! Simples! (cough!). Trust me, I really want success as any Clarets fan would. Just hope we have enough in our locker both in terms of quality and quantity in the squad to have a chance this season. Anyway bugger all that,lets just stuff Boro!! [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
 

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Meet the Ref: Ipswich away
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Simple Question? If we make it to top flight can we survive and stay up this time?
Suggested By:  Vital Burnley Admin
Yes 66%
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