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2 Heads Better Than 1 Steering Good Ship Burnley?

It was announced over the weekend that Mike Garlick and John Banaszkiewicz had been elected joint-chairmen of Burnley. They replace Barry Kilby who officially stood down as Chairman on Friday after 13 years at the helm. It will be interesting to see what sort of helm we will now have and whether the ship will remain steady or whether we will now charge full steam ahead avoiding any icebergs along the way! At least one half of the new crew in charge could also be humming an old Beach Boys tune soon too! Taken from the lyrics of the classic 'Sloop John B` is the line 'So Hoist up the John B's Sail...`

John Banaszkiewicz (affectionately known as John B because nobody can pronounce his surname) was appointed to the Burnley board in November 2010, after the resignation of Ray Ingleby, Chris Duckworth, Martin Hobbs, John Sullivan and John Turkington earlier that year. A Lancashire lad despite his surname, John B is well connected in business especially in the Far East and indeed coughed up the dosh to fund the club`s tour to Singapore in the summer of 2010; a tour which hopefully put Burnley on a much-wider map!

But what of the other director now joint Chairman? Clarets fans probably know much less about Mike Garlick than they do about some of the more high-profile directors such John B, Brendan Flood and of course Barry Kilby who has announced he intends to remain on the board. Many Clarets fans will be relieved Barry has decided to stay active at the club and of course we all wish him well as he fights his battle with cancer.

Back however to Mike for the moment. Garlick has remained very much in the background at Turf Moor preferring instead to take a lower profile at the club. A highly-rated entrepreneur, the Burnley-born director has an estimated wealth of 50million ranking him in 64th place on the 2010 FourFourTwo`s annual Football Rich List.

The two Chairmen will now head up a five man board which remains unchanged with many Clarets fans no doubt now wondering what will be running through the mind of Brendan Flood who was long thought to be the natural successor to Barry Kilby.

Garlick and John B are understood to have been voted in during a four-and-a-half-hour board meeting last Friday after Barry Kilby officially stood down.

Garlick told the official club website:

'On this occasion, I believe that one plus one equals three.

'There is a greater synergy through two people combining their resources in terms of brainpower, knowledge and financial support.

'We aim to make the club stronger and give us a better chance of success in the future.'

John B added:

'I am honoured to have been elected as co-chairman of Burnley.

'I am committed to working with Mike to continue the progress the board has made and bring success to the club in future.

'We are one of the league's oldest clubs and I believe together we can strike a balance between supporting our local community and building Burnley as a global brand.'

The big question now of course is what sort of ship will sail the sea and whether we will be heading for choppy waters or the sea of calm and tranquillity? Let`s hope if it`s the latter it won`t be the 'Doldrums` and if the former we can still sail full steam ahead into the Premier avoiding all driftwood and mines waiting to damage the rudder!

These are interesting times and it will certainly be intriguing to see what sort of direction we now take. Will it be much of the same or will the purse strings be released a bit more? Why not tell us what you think about out new Chairmen below this article and how you think things will now pan out? Do you think two heads are better than one or do you think it`s a cop out? What of poor Brendan Flood? Will he be licking his wounds or fully supportive of the new regime?

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 28 2012

Time: 10:57AM

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Well my stance is let's give them a chance! A change can be as good as a rest and I hope the pair do bring some fresh ideas to the table and that they can find some middle ground to ensure we get back to the promised land of Premier League football! By middle ground, I mean not spending in extravagance but showing a little bit more ambition than perhaps we have had in the past.
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28/05/2012 11:08:00

Poll now up as well!
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28/05/2012 11:17:00

Nothing has really changed still the same board accept two chairman instead of Kilby, would like to see what happens from now to the start of the season player wise. After the poor showing from the same board since our time in the promise land, will two heads be better than one.
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28/05/2012 11:56:00

Anyone know if 4 and a half hours is unsually long for a Bfc Board meeting just before the opening of the transfer window? I am sure there would have been a lot of other things to discuss: trades, EPP, youth development, financial fair play, survival for now of the football creditors rule, the general economy. So it's hard to say whether the length of the meeting is linked to the decision being discussed here. That said, it's hard to imagine that the court case Brendan Flood is involved in with the Irish bank over a biggish property development project - scheduled to start on 12 June, when I last saw any detail - was not a topic for discussion. Brendan might win or lose, and let's wish him well and hope for the best, but it would perhaps be a significant distraction, and would very probably be considered an uncertainty... and uncertainty often breeds lengthy discussion. All of which will be a matter of speculation more probably than of informed debate for many years to come. So, for this fan anyway, I shall lie down, think of Burnley, wish Plan Garlick B well, and get behind the Board.
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28/05/2012 12:06:00

Four and a half hours would be long to discuss one agenda item! Of course we do not know the agenda but it might have been 1. BK says bye 2. Next Chair 3. AOB 4 Date of next meeting !!lol
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28/05/2012 12:10:00

I am not sure how much difference it will make - as 'fedup' has stated - it is still the same board. ( Not that I am complaining).
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28/05/2012 12:10:00

Same board but they will each have different individual opinions. The new Chair's opinions might now carry more weight especially if they have some sort of casting vote? Not sure how it works
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28/05/2012 12:16:00

I am grateful to anyone who wants to give of their time (and very probably their money) in support of Bfc, as long as they do the job well, and are respectful of the fact that 'doing the job well' is a matter of debate for pretty much the whole time apart from, as Stan used to say, 'when the ball moves'. I am also in the camp (as I posted overnight in the forum on this site) that says who is Chair is important symbolically, but - unless the Chair has a massively big % of the shares - it's who's on the Board that counts for most of the time. Will Brendan be continuing as Operational Director? Or is that in effect Lee Hoos now?
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28/05/2012 12:20:00

Dale i'm not complaining, but for me the board made some bad decisions in the last two and half years from people who are experienced business men. Would i swap the present board the answer is no.
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28/05/2012 12:32:00

In response to TMP, I am not entirely sure how discussion and decisions were managed at Bfc with one chair. There aren't absolutely hard and fast rules. It depends on the personality of the chair, but also on the personalities of the others in the group. I am even less sure how discussion and decisions will be managed now! But I am not sure that matters. The Board members are all experienced and sophisticated businessmen, and won't have agreed on something they don't think they can't make work. I searched the internet under 'co-chair'. It would seem it's not an uncommon arrangement, but the only references I could find were to things like parliamentary committees or voluntary organisations. That isn't to say it's uncommon in commercial organisations or even in football clubs. I just didn't find a reference in my admittedly short search.
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28/05/2012 12:32:00

My mind has started to delve into some of the implications of the dual chairman decision... isn't it the case that there is a cat that sleeps on the sideboard in the Chairman's office? If so, will we need to fork out for another one now? This could be an early test of the resolve in the new regime that tmp is searching for clues of!!!
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28/05/2012 14:44:00

I just hope the two dont become a figure of fun..you know like David Steel in the pocket of David Owen in the Spitting Image era or Ant&Dec!! lol
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28/05/2012 14:55:00

Not to worry, tmp. These days, the UK has two prime ministers, and the England football team may even be playing two up front in the Euros, which will be staged in two countries. Plus, we're getting a 2-day bank holiday next week. It's good to laugh, but I'm seriously behind Mike and John.
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28/05/2012 15:23:00

Is this joint appointment because the best man for the job has a court case? Is it an appointment that if the court case goes well then the two can agree to step down and let the most dynamic man take over the reigns. I haven't got a scooby but do we think that this time next year we will still have these 2 joint Chairmen? I am not so sure?
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28/05/2012 15:56:00

Interesting to compare VR's post with the weekend's headline article on this topic on ClaretsMad, which pointed out how few chairmen there have been in Claret history, and concluded that therefore we could expect no further change for some time. Of course, just as with investing money, or indeed buying footballers, past performance is no guarantee of a similar future. Some Vin may be more right than mad. Also, I can see a scenario in which BF was considered the natural successor, but could not take the post with the uncertainty and distraction of the court case. And with BK unable to stay on till that was resolved, as was quite possibly the original plan, and perhaps neither MG nor JB able to devote the time needed to do the job full-time, given their geography, they decided on a job-share. If indeed, power currently lies with the Board as a group rather than with the chair, as some on here have suggested, and the main task of the chair is running the meeting and fronting the external communication, then the unusual arrangement may well work, and may even continue whether BF does or doesn't win his case. But, even if it has been discussed, all of that would probably be decided at the time, rather than in advance. In the meantime, it becomes easier to understand replacing Fletch with Lee Hoos's wider Chief Exec and Board and player trading experience. Then again I could be talking nonsense... again.
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29/05/2012 09:32:00

I don't think that's nonsense at all Couch, it makes sense to me and perhaps you are right that if BF wins his court case he may just get a better job title at BFC and the status quo be left for a while with 2 Co Chairmen.
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31/05/2012 08:10:00

I don't think that's nonsense at all Couch, it makes sense to me and perhaps you are right that if BF wins his court case he may just get a better job title at BFC and the status quo be left for a while with 2 Co Chairmen.
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31/05/2012 08:10:00

It must be frustrating for all the Board, Lee Hoos, Darren Bentley - and all - that, while we can talk like this here, they can't publicly discuss anything that is linked even remotely to an impending court case. But their job is clear: to do the best possible job in the context that has been set out. That has probably been made easier (a) by the Board having been streamlined a year or so back and (b) by Lee Hoos's appointment. No disrespect to Fletch at all. If you go back and read what he said when standing down, it all makes sense in this context. Lee has wider experience than Fletch both as a buyer and seller of players (which Brendan obviously won't be able to give as much time to during the court proceedings), and in handling the legal complexities of managing a Board and a company. Concerning VR's idea about a possible role for Brendan once all the court dust has settled, in whatever way it does, there is something to be said for the chairman being a different person (or persons) from the one more involved in managing or co-managing the day-to-day stuff. Having considered all of which, I remain cautiously optimistic.
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31/05/2012 11:10:00


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