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The Official Fletcher Resignation Clarification

Burnley FC have confirmed that Paul Fletcher is to step down as chief executive of the club after making an official statement on the club website.

It was announced last week that Fletcher had tendered his resignation after being at loggerheads with an unnamed director about the club's future direction. It was strongly suggested that the disagreement involved the club's flagship project, UFCB College of Football Business

The statement on the club website today read:

'Burnley Football Club can confirm that Mr Paul Fletcher is to stand down from the role of chief executive.

'Mr Fletcher, who has held the position at Turf Moor for four years, has agreed to stay until the end of the season in a commerical capacity and continue his involvement with Burnley Football Club's UFCB College of Football Business and other new initiatives.

'Burnley Football Club has begun the task of identifying a new chief executive immediately, with a view to an appointment as soon as possible.

'Burnley Football Club will make no further comment at this time.'

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 22 2011

Time: 3:13PM

Your Comments

You just wonder now what will happen about any ground development plans! Probably nowt since we are skint and unlikely to be attractive enough to any investor to fund a revamped Turf Moor. Rewind three seasons to Wembley and look where we are now! It really is a tragedy
turfmanphil
There's property development plans all over the world been scrapped in those three years. Bucking that trend would have been extraordinary. Interesting, as TMP points out, that the club report says Fletch will stay involved with the uni, whereas earlier speculation was that there has been a disgreement over that. That said, and no disrespect intended anywhere, but I don't at the moment think we'll be talking about this departure for as long as we have been over the sacking of Jimmy A or the sale of Jimmy M or even the desertion of Owen J. I hope Paul finds a good new opportunity, if indeed he's looking for one.
Couch Potato
Fletcher was not everybody's cup of tea but I am more concerned with the fractions and frictions that seem to be developing at Board level and the effect that could have on our financial focus and priorities. A power struggle at the top is all we need in this current climate. The point I was making about the ground development had more to do with the next three years than the last three years. With no Fletcher on the scene, will his baby be thrown out with the bathwater or will his ideas be revamped in some other shape or form under a new CEO? [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
Tmp did you mean the breadbin stand if so that was one of the worst things i've seen in a long time hope its gone for good. As for a power struggle something needs to be done after the last three year with these people in charge.
Fedupclaret
Well there was more to it than just the breadbin stand including changing the dressing rooms to the corner of the Jimmy Mac/JH stands and building an hotel. On the other issue, the biggest question often asked is who would take over if the current board imploded? Who would want to invest in 'ickle old Burnley? A Thai consortium, a rich-oil sheik or some local butcher from Padiham? Worrying times, John B seems to be the one propping up the club at the moment in terms of loans. If he has the balance of power can we expect some investment from the Far East? God only knows!
turfmanphil
I confess to being fairly relaxed about having a Board of directors who don't always agree. Having all power in one person can go well, but can go spectacularly bad. It also occurs to me that this may be part of a resolution of a power struggle rather than of a bigger one about to unfold. Time will - correction, may - tell.
Couch Potato
Completely agree Couch you donít want a bunch of yes men on the board agreeing with everything one person says, also I donít want any tom dick or harry buying our Club itís just Iíve no confidence with the present Board. These peoples have cockup the biggest pay day this Club has ever seen, and with the current Board I can only see the Club going from bad to worst.
Fedupclaret
Personally I am taking the opposite view, I would welcome Tom.Dick or Harry taking over this club! We need a different roller-coaster ride. The cosy 'we are Burnley fans, we love our club' has clearly failed over the last few years. Perhaps in a way CP is right, there has not been any splits at the club in many a season, with the result complacency and midtable mediocrity with one season in the top flight that seemed to move all of them out of their comfort zone! A shake-up through bitter in-fighting and a power struggle could lead to something positive!!
turfmanphil
This is great news and news we should celebrate. The CFS as a Hotel and amazing football stand etc seemed to me daft! As posted above we need to shake up the suits and if toys out of the pram and dummy spitting is what it takes to get the club going in the right direction I am all for change..bring it on. W38 p.s. Fletch was one of my favourite centre forwards ever and will always remain a player I loved scoring goals for us.
waldron38
Cant argue with any of that!
turfmanphil
I agree Waldron while Paul Fletcher will always be a favourite player of our youth. His stand looked a right sight, if we have a new stand lets have a proper one. Having said that what on earths going on behind the scenes with the powers that be.
Grimsby Claret
I think the powers that be are literally in a Power struggle at the moment. There appear to be clear differences of opinion hence PF upping sticks and I dont think BK is happy about some of the decisions being made by others whilst he takes the flak for them. John B as the major loan merchant appears to hold all the trump cards at the moment but until they announce a reorganisation we are just going to be kept in the dark as usual. I just hope we get some new blood in and a more positive attitude. [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
I do not care about any acrimoneous differences at Board level so long as they remember the prime objective. Success on the field. At the moment I am doubtful about the priorities of the Board.
cornwallclaret
Yes that is the problem. lots of extra-curricular re Premier Club, University etc all geared to increase turnover re FIFA Fair Play. Whats the point though, if revenue falls because gates fall simply due to the side playing dire,losing football God help us if we get relegated
turfmanphil
 

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