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Club Statement on Saint JayRod

Jay Rodriguez is now a Saint after making a record-breaking move from Burnley to Southampton on Sunday. Southampton have therefore beaten off some late attempts by Everton, Aston Villa and Sunderland to steal him from under their noses.

The 22-year-old has secured a four-year contract at the newly promoted Premier League club. Media reports on the transfer fee vary but it is record for both clubs and is thought to be in the region of £7 million.

Speaking about the move Rodriguez said:

'I'm really relieved that we've got it sorted now and it's done. I really can't wait for the start of the season, and the start of pre-season.

"This is a great club, a massive club and they're where they belong. It's a squad I want to be a part of and it's really exciting.'

Rodriguez now joins his former teammates at St Marys with both Jack Cork and Danny Fox at the club.

Saints gaffer, Nigel Adkins has made Jay Rod his first summer sigtning and he said after completing the deal:

'Jay is an exciting young English prospect, so I am really happy he is our first signing of the summer.

"He is an excellent forward thinking player who has already scored a lot of goals at a young age over the past couple of years.

"His characteristics are what we have been looking for.'

Meanwhile Burnley have made a club statement:

'Burnley Football Club has a renowned tradition of producing talented young players, who have come through our youth system over many years.

"Jay Rodriguez started his career with Burnley at a very young age and, throughout his time here, he has been a great player and excellent ambassador for the football club.

"However, ambitious and talented young footballers want to play in the Premier League and we wish Jay every success in his career."

So the long saga comes to an end, leaving Burnley £7 million better off with plenty of time to rebuild the squad with that money in the summer days remaining.

Burnley fans have long been resigned to losing our locally born talent but it still seems to leave a sad,bitter taste in the mouth. Oh well onwards and upwards!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday June 11 2012

Time: 9:10AM

Your Comments

The club better use that money to build a competitive squad. Dont want to hear anymore of that pleading poverty bollox
turfmanphil
We all knew he was going so no real surprise, having said that I must echo Tmp view that EH needs the money to build his squad if we believe the Board that they want to get back to the Prem. Hope we don’t get the bull**** that the money needs to go to running the Club, after all its down to bad decisions at board level we are in this position.
Fedupclaret
This in LT today: 'The Burnley boss is set to receive a percentage of the club record sale to replenish his squad for next season' Percentage,percentage? FFS give all of it to him!!
turfmanphil
More utter nonsense-A £4m shortfall in the last financial year means Howe is unlikely to benefit from the majority of the Rodriguez cash. However, a portion will be reinvested to help the Burnley boss build for next year. “It won’t be millions and millions, but it will be a percentage and we will have to spend it wisely,” said Howe. “Some will have to go back into the accounts to make sure the club is strong for years to come.” I know lets prepare for sticking plaster and a midtable ambition again!
turfmanphil
Best of luck Jay.
Claretdale
Why am I not surprised to the news EH is going to get a % of the sale of Jrod, so beside the 7m for Jay, 8m Prem payment, ST sales and every other monies coming into the Club we can only give Eddie a %. Dearie me and the Board cannot understand why ST sales are down.
Fedupclaret
The other way to look at it is, if EH and the Board were shouting 'loadsamoney', then other clubs and our transfer targets' agents would be rubbing their hands together.
Couch Potato
Thinking further, I would say that all we can conclude thus far is that the New Two Co-Cs are playing the same game of transfer poker as the Old One.
Couch Potato
That may well be CP but come the end of the transfer window it will come as a great surprise to me if they have spent £7 million or more! FedUp has it about right IMHO
turfmanphil
What I am not clear about is whether JayRod is funding the total squad rebuilding this summer or whether they have earmaked some additional money plus a proportion of the JayRod. The former would be a disaster the latter might be OK depending on what sort of money we are talking about
turfmanphil
Good luck, Jay. With Bikey off the wage bill, I hope we get the 4 players in (minimum) that the squad needs...
whentheballmoves
Run the club with Prudence or run the club with a Greek mentality? Opt for a bit of a Gamble and end up like Spain or really go for it and adopt the Portuguese mentality! I am probably in a minority but I think EH is rebuilding a squad and that means unless he has about 20 Million to spend we will not significantly strengthen the squad instantly. Remember Hull broke the bank when they bought Bullard and history proves it went wrong in many ways. I want Prem League Football but I also want a football club.
VinRogue
I accept we don't want to shouting that we have bags of money when the agents are sniffing around for the best deal. However, yoiu can just see Howe operating on a shoestring next season again. As far as four players being required lets not forget we on ly have 5 defenders in the squad with experience for starters!! We need more quality and quantity than last year, where we did fantastically well to get through the season with major injury in defence particularly.
deadlydave
Greece didn't seem to be doing that badly until the capitalist bankers ruined it for them. All football clubs are still in existence with the exception of Chester I think? Hull finished above the Clarets, Southampton have stolen all our key players,Norwich are in the Prem, League 1 clubs instantly seem to get promoted and of course icke old Burnley who are so poor they are far worse off than any other club known to man continue to dream of finishing midtable!
turfmanphil
New statement on club www by our joint chairs (as they describe themselves) promises "evolution not revolution", explains reasons for needing to invest in youth as well as in new players (as the new financial fair play context emerges), and says clearly "we don't want to be a Portsmouth or a Rangers". For the somewhat grim latest on Rangers, with HMRC now joining SFA and FIFA in getting tough on them, see http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18407309. Meanwhile, today's emailed comment from my mate at Fratton Park is that most Pompey fans would prefer a liquidation and a clean-slate start linked to their supporters trust than Carrying on with Chainrai. TMP's point is well made, but the football world is changing, in ways that are making risks riskier. So, the signs are now matching the speculation on here that Eddie is not going to be cut loose with the Jay Rod dosh.
Couch Potato
Further to the above, Gers are reforming as a new company and, as a result, face SPL and SFA meetings at which they may be invited to reapply to join the SFA and start out in Div 3, rather than just 'carry on'. Regardless of how that vote goes they are now ineligible for European competitions for 3 years. Plus there's the possibility of FIFA inviting Gers to voluntarily accept the 12-month transfer ban that a Scottish court struck down... or have all Scottish clubs and the national team be banned from international and European competition.
Couch Potato
50% max is my guess. Result, we will lose all our up and coming players, as the Board say, they will want to play in the Prem. It would seem the Board are only looking at survival in the Championship.
cornwallclaret
I read and interpret the recent statements that we are going to invest more money in the Youth structure and try and become the best EPPP club at level 2. This would be akin to the 1960's when we were a top club for youth player development. Clearly the board have a business plan that shows that club without the parachute payments can't sustain the wage bill and cost of running the club on gates of 12 - 15k unless we do something now. That something now would appear to be in BK's words, not betting the ranch. Give the club a Russian oil billionaire and I would want us to sign everybody however we have a Board who don't have spare Billions, we are what we are. UTC
VinRogue
The Rangers turmoil in purgatory continues with the purported new owner claiming players will be obliged by contract to play for the club in its new corporate existence, while anyone who knows anything about employement law is stating clearly that if players want to leave, they are free agents as of any time from now that they want to be. Will they go? It probably depends on what SPL, SFA and UEFA decide about whether Rangers can stay in the SPL, whether they are welcome in the Scottish Cup, and whether Scottish clubs are welcome in Europe if Rangers are given leniency by SFA and SPL because they need the income Rangers have brought them in the past. It's knife edge stuff. The Tax basically seems to be saying that if any club in the UK runs up such big debts to them that they can liquidate them, then that may course of action may hit tax-revenue streams from an individual club, but it's in the nation's best interests to consider the wider impacts and make it clear that not paying tax is not on. As ever, I could have this wrong. All the supporting info is on the BBCwww. Meanwhile Spurs have got rid of their big-spender and are rumoured to be favouring economy-minded Moyes. And the Bfc JoChs have spoken openly about how moving too fast results in mistakes. Now I wonder who they were thinking about? Regardless, like it or lump it, we're supporters of a club who believe that ambitions are only worth achieving if done sustainably. The arguments can continue, but the evidence is piling up as to that being a fact and why. Might as well enjoy the ride. Come on Burnley!
Couch Potato
 

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