Date:Monday May 28 2012
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?
Date:Monday May 28 2012
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