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Rumour Mill-Blake's Third Coming?

The tabloids have been rife this morning reporting that Burnley are considering a loan move for Robbie Blake. Could Blake be about to return to Turf Moor for a third spell at the club? The fact that one of the tabloids, the Sunday People includes an article by Alan Nixon reporting the possibility adds fuel to the speculation.

Alan Nixon, with his close links to Owen Coyle and Bolton, tends to be correct with his rumours of this nature and Blake has not exactly set the Reebok world alight since signing for Bolton last summer! He has seen hardly any first team action since rejoining Owen Coyle at the Reebok. This season he came on as a late substitute in Bolton's opening game against QPR and has also started against Macclefield in the Carling Cup. That is the only action he has seen since January and indeed the last league game in which he made a start was in fact for the Clarets when he lined up in our Premier League clash against Manchester City at Turf Moor back in April 2010. The match was an horror show for the Clarets and we were eventually tonked 6-1. We were 5-0 down at the break with Blake seemingly being made one of the scapegoats at half-time and substituted along with Kevin MacDonald who chucked a wobbly and set off for the KSC 110 club only to be reprimanded later by a furious Brian Laws.

Blake clearly had issues with Laws and it was widely rumoured that he was not happy at all about being replaced in the City game. In all honesty he may have had a point since he was one of the better players in the first half. Things came out in the wash later though and it was evident Blake and Laws did not see eye to eye. Nevertheless he was offered a new contract in the summer to try and retain his services. The sticking point appeared to be his desire to feature in more games and the need to be given a two-year contract.

Burnley refused the latter and Laws probably couldn't commit to the former. In the end, Blake perhaps not surpisingly joined his mentor, Owen Coyle at Bolton; a manager Blake clearly respected.

However if he wanted to play more games, then that clearly has not happened for him at Bolton and at 35, he must be wondering now whether a loan move may be a better option for him

These are interesting times at Turf Moor and we are clearly at the moment crying out for experience in the team. Under normal circumstances, Burnley fans may have been wary of seeing Blake back at Turf Moor but at the moment, despite his advancing years, it might just work! What do you think? Tell us below and vote in the poll.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 18 2011

Time: 9:23AM

Your Comments

I think I would have said no thanks had we had the same team as last season but maybe his experience could be valuable under our current circumstances and it would be nice to see what he could do in 'Blake's Territory' again!
turfmanphil
I think I would have said no thanks had we had the same team as last season but maybe his experience could be valuable under our current circumstances and it would be nice to see what he could do in 'Blake's Territory' again!
turfmanphil
Yeah cos we really need another striker at the club ? what's going on here is panic now setting in ? Robbie is to old he doesnt fit the age profile, Ahhh I wanna say so many things but I'am desperate to remain supportive !!!
hollinsclaret
Yeah cos we really need another striker at the club ? what's going on here is panic now setting in ? Robbie is to old he doesnt fit the age profile, Ahhh I wanna say so many things but I'am desperate to remain supportive !!!
hollinsclaret
The way things are at the moment, I'd welcome Robbie back with open arms. He could be just what these youngsters need , the old head controlling everything from midfield with that old Blake distribution. At 35 we all know he isn't going to be part of the future plans , but he could be invaluable this season. And apart from anything else, it'd be great to see Robbie back in Claret and Blue for one more time.
WelshClaret
The way things are at the moment, I'd welcome Robbie back with open arms. He could be just what these youngsters need , the old head controlling everything from midfield with that old Blake distribution. At 35 we all know he isn't going to be part of the future plans , but he could be invaluable this season. And apart from anything else, it'd be great to see Robbie back in Claret and Blue for one more time.
WelshClaret
Mixed feelings on this one, but Robbie would lift the crowd at turf moor which has been notably quiet of late suppose we have not had an awful lot to cheer.
Grimsby Claret
Mixed feelings on this one, but Robbie would lift the crowd at turf moor which has been notably quiet of late suppose we have not had an awful lot to cheer.
Grimsby Claret
Don't know what to think about this one his he going to be the experience we need?. Saying that we need some new faces because this squad looks no where near good enough and i am really worried now whether EH can get this squad out of this slump.
Fedupclaret
Don't know what to think about this one his he going to be the experience we need?. Saying that we need some new faces because this squad looks no where near good enough and i am really worried now whether EH can get this squad out of this slump.
Fedupclaret
A fat podgy has-been who has stuck two fingers up to us twice ? No thanks.
RickersTwickers
A fat podgy has-been who has stuck two fingers up to us twice ? No thanks.
RickersTwickers
I agree with RT, No thanks, we need experience on the pitch not a player who if he disagrees with the manager will just leave. When a player is able to dictate to the manager the balance is all wrong imo. I would have Grezza back before Blake, at least Grezza will give the players guidance and rollockings on the pitch.
VinRogue
I agree with RT, No thanks, we need experience on the pitch not a player who if he disagrees with the manager will just leave. When a player is able to dictate to the manager the balance is all wrong imo. I would have Grezza back before Blake, at least Grezza will give the players guidance and rollockings on the pitch.
VinRogue
According to Nixon 'Howe saw old Turf Moor favourite Blake in fine form for Bolton reserves last week.'..so at least our second-string should do well, if Blake comes back!
turfmanphil
According to Nixon 'Howe saw old Turf Moor favourite Blake in fine form for Bolton reserves last week.'..so at least our second-string should do well, if Blake comes back!
turfmanphil
RT & VR - difficult to argue for the defence on this one and I largely agree with your stance but Blake does have what is sadly missing at the Turf of late which I would describe as "craft". That said it is Grezza's steel, experience and leadership which would serve us better at the moment.
Essex Claret
RT & VR - difficult to argue for the defence on this one and I largely agree with your stance but Blake does have what is sadly missing at the Turf of late which I would describe as "craft". That said it is Grezza's steel, experience and leadership which would serve us better at the moment.
Essex Claret
We either need experience or we don't! The club have gone to great pains to get rid of all our experience neatly tied in with Howe's so-called desire to reduce the age of the squad! That experiment has clearly failed if they are already saying we now need experience to the extent of bringing Blake at 35 back! Someone needs to get a fat grip at the club and decide what strategy they want to pursue before it's too late! All this comes across as amateurish with nobody having a clue what they want or what to do about our precarious position
turfmanphil
We either need experience or we don't! The club have gone to great pains to get rid of all our experience neatly tied in with Howe's so-called desire to reduce the age of the squad! That experiment has clearly failed if they are already saying we now need experience to the extent of bringing Blake at 35 back! Someone needs to get a fat grip at the club and decide what strategy they want to pursue before it's too late! All this comes across as amateurish with nobody having a clue what they want or what to do about our precarious position
turfmanphil
I know what to do...we all keep our fingers crossed that Southampton don't get 6 against us......forward planning at its best...
VinRogue
I know what to do...we all keep our fingers crossed that Southampton don't get 6 against us......forward planning at its best...
VinRogue
Well the Saints thumped Brum today 4-1 at St Mary's with both Fox and Cork playing! Dreading the game on Saturday, could turn nasty unless we can suddenly find something from somewhere! Start Amougou for one thing
turfmanphil
Well the Saints thumped Brum today 4-1 at St Mary's with both Fox and Cork playing! Dreading the game on Saturday, could turn nasty unless we can suddenly find something from somewhere! Start Amougou for one thing
turfmanphil
Mixed opinions from me we desperately need experience which Blake has got although another forward player how many do we need? every man and his son knows where the problem is, my problem with bringing Blake back is we would look like a joke club if we are not already, regarding Coyle he has no use for him (didn't say that last year did he or Blake) or Eagles and Mears for that fact, the sooner we stop dealing with this fella the better, why we keep going back to him beggars belief? there are good defenders out there we just won't stump up even on loan, I know where the cash is going I have been past today student accommodation bought the sparrowhawk for a cool 500k now open, all well and good for the future but which future are we looking at here? the football has to be the first priority above all else, I have always been a Kilby supporter without him him we wouldn't be where we are although we should have bought the Turf back, thought it was a million seems to be 3 million now, there goes you can buy it back for what he paid? 1 million? Kilby is not bothered now, none of the other board members are.
8clarets8
Mixed opinions from me we desperately need experience which Blake has got although another forward player how many do we need? every man and his son knows where the problem is, my problem with bringing Blake back is we would look like a joke club if we are not already, regarding Coyle he has no use for him (didn't say that last year did he or Blake) or Eagles and Mears for that fact, the sooner we stop dealing with this fella the better, why we keep going back to him beggars belief? there are good defenders out there we just won't stump up even on loan, I know where the cash is going I have been past today student accommodation bought the sparrowhawk for a cool 500k now open, all well and good for the future but which future are we looking at here? the football has to be the first priority above all else, I have always been a Kilby supporter without him him we wouldn't be where we are although we should have bought the Turf back, thought it was a million seems to be 3 million now, there goes you can buy it back for what he paid? 1 million? Kilby is not bothered now, none of the other board members are.
8clarets8
You have hit the nail on the head there 8c8! This club fearful of the FIFA Fair Play Ruling are trying to increase turnover with these student initiatives/Premier Club etc so they will have a higher salary cap. But that is linked to turnover, so what if we start playing like plonkers and god forbid get relegated? What happens to gates and revenue then? Exactly any gains made by the initiatives are eroded by gates dropping like a stone! The Board have to be more mindful about the business being an entertainment, fans need to be entertained and be given some hope that we can progress as a football club and reach nirvana! Sadly the Board have missed opportunity after opportunity to avoid all these problems by not releasing the purse strings on the playing side when we had the chance. Now we are forced to even entertain the thought of bringing back a 35 year old because all of a sudden it would appear that the strategy of releasing our older,more experienced and higher wage earners has backfired
turfmanphil
You have hit the nail on the head there 8c8! This club fearful of the FIFA Fair Play Ruling are trying to increase turnover with these student initiatives/Premier Club etc so they will have a higher salary cap. But that is linked to turnover, so what if we start playing like plonkers and god forbid get relegated? What happens to gates and revenue then? Exactly any gains made by the initiatives are eroded by gates dropping like a stone! The Board have to be more mindful about the business being an entertainment, fans need to be entertained and be given some hope that we can progress as a football club and reach nirvana! Sadly the Board have missed opportunity after opportunity to avoid all these problems by not releasing the purse strings on the playing side when we had the chance. Now we are forced to even entertain the thought of bringing back a 35 year old because all of a sudden it would appear that the strategy of releasing our older,more experienced and higher wage earners has backfired
turfmanphil
What's Flood doing meeting up with Coyle? According to SG in LT, Blake deal is not on. She goes on to say-'A Sunday tabloid yesterday suggested Clarets boss Eddie Howe was attempting to get the 35-year-old on loan. But on the contrary I understand it is former boss Owen Coyle who has suggested he could make the forward available to his old club after meeting up with Burnley's operational director Brendan Flood. The pair were seen at the Reebok Stadium last Thursday, in what is understood to be their first non-matchday encounter since Coyle quit the Clarets for Bolton in January 2010. '
turfmanphil
What's Flood doing meeting up with Coyle? According to SG in LT, Blake deal is not on. She goes on to say-'A Sunday tabloid yesterday suggested Clarets boss Eddie Howe was attempting to get the 35-year-old on loan. But on the contrary I understand it is former boss Owen Coyle who has suggested he could make the forward available to his old club after meeting up with Burnley's operational director Brendan Flood. The pair were seen at the Reebok Stadium last Thursday, in what is understood to be their first non-matchday encounter since Coyle quit the Clarets for Bolton in January 2010. '
turfmanphil
 

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