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Grant Becomes Second Keeper To Leave!

The Official site has now confirmed following widespread speculation, that Lee Grant has left Burnley to join his former club, Derby County.

His contract at Turf Moor expired this summer and he was offered new terms by the Clarets but turned them down in favour of becoming a Rams player once more having accepted a three-year deal at Pride Park

The official site spin is that the 30-year-old has left for personal reasons to be near his family but we all know the real reasons. The club was looking for him to take a significant pay cut so it is pretty obvious he left for a better financial package. It is a typical symptom of this penny pinching club of ours that we simply refuse to compete and let an excellent keeper like Lee Grant leave to a Championship rival for the sake of a few extra pounds. Sean Dyche made this obvious in his statement following the keeper's departure:

'Lee was signed at a significant cost to the club and was one of our biggest earners.

'We were keen to retain his services and made an offer to do so, but the lure of moving back to Derby , where his family are based, ultimately proved too good to turn down and we are sorry to lose him.

'However, we wish him well and thank him for his contribution to the club.'

There was no doubt Grant was becoming a popular figure amongst fans and last week he was voted as the fans` player of the year

Grant made 130 appearances in his second spell with the Clarets, having previously joined on loan during the 2005/06 campaign. With no money forthcoming from his sale, which is another example of how poor we are in this game, we now need to find two goalkeepers in the summer and maybe three if third string keeper, Jon Stewart also out-of-contract this summer is not offered new terms.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 7 2013

Time: 6:00PM

Your Comments

One day this club will learn to stop putting this club in an uncompetitive situation. Personally I think it disgraceful we have let a keeper of Grant's calibre go and didn't pull out all the stops to keep him.
turfmanphil
In my opinion any agent of a decent keeper we approach now will add on at least 20% as the whole world knows we have no number 1 or 2 keeper and are desperate. We need a spine on the pitch and some testicles in the boardroom, where is Brendan when you need him???
VinRogue
Although I would have loved Grant to stay at Burnley I'm not to bothered he's moved on, We can't be hold to ransom by a players wage demands,
totally_claret
We will not get any decent keeper at our level with the pathetic wage caps this club have introduced We are not competitive and it will get worse. if we are not held to ransom, we sell our best players anyway! No backbone,no balls!
turfmanphil
I fear that the exodus of our best players will continue. It is extremely unlikely they will be replaced by better players and lets face it, the present bunch only just kept us in the Championship despite our top half finish. The Board seem to want a salary structure of a Div 1/2 club and do not believe that success can bring financial rewards. My conclusion is that we shoul prepare ourselves for the lower divisons. Wolves and Burnley are the only clubs to win all of the old Div 1/2/3/4 titles, maybe we are going to start again at the bottom, or lower!!!
cornwallclaret
What are the odds on BFC going down next season? Think I'll put 100 quid on when I come back for my summer break.
pmh200111
As much as I love BFC, I have to agree with cornwall, pmh and tmp. We will not attract any quality players with ambition when they see how we are set up in the transfer market, thus we will trawl lower divisions and no doubt Scotland and Ireland.....just like Dane Richards...heaven help us if we buy from over the pond again.....and what does Lee Hoos do at the club?????
VinRogue
Will it be another summer like Steve Cotterill had in 04/05 - basically need to build the team up again ( then squad) from scratch? Quality rather than quantity?
Claretdale
Its all about the Money Money Money. They (the players) dont give a Fig. If offered a few pounds more they are off.
Grimsby Claret
If it were only a few pounds more we should have the ambition to trump them!
turfmanphil
pmh - I'd be willing to bet that the penny pinching ambitionless Rams (as described to me by a family of their fans with who I was staying at the end of April) will be paying Grant a lot, lot less than we have been paying him the last 3 years. Like it or loath it, all clubs are cutting costs. I would add, concerning Grant's desire to relocate close to family in Derby, that I am planning a move to near there myself next year. Before deciding, I was incredibly logical and did a matrix analysis of the pros and cons for me of various possible places to relocate to. One of the very few that where I am going to didn't score best for me was access to Turf Moor. It's way better than from where I am now, but it's definitely an awkward journey from Derby. Others who live in the east (Sheffiled Clarets, VR and Grimsby for example) have said similar. So, given that he'll be earning less now at Derby than he has been for the last 3 years, even if we have offered a bhit more Grant will have looked at ways to save. So I can't personally agree that this outcome demonstrates Claret incompetence, incontinence or incomelessness, just facts of life and facts of family life.
Couch Potato
Derby are not cutting costs they got the best keeper we have had in yonks for free (more BFC incompetence) and then paid him the going rate while we offer pathetic League 1 salaries with about as much ambition as playing in it! Gawd CP stop trying to justify an inept board! You being trying to do that since we failed miserably to stay in the top flight whilst season after season, our predicament gets worse as well as the entertanment or lack of it! Do we really want to go through the Steve Cotts thing again re Dale's point because thats where we are heading until someone grows a pair! Premier League the making of ths club for ten years my arse. They should all hang their head in shame!
turfmanphil
Hopefully the boo-boys who constantly abused Lee Grant every time he scratched his backside will be happy. Many fans simply did not welcome Granty and harked back to the past in wanting the increasingly ludicrous Jensen back in the side. I understand that family reasons played a big part in this move though Grant probably also feels that Derby have a better chance of promotion in the next few years than we do. Frankly, he is right and the dwindling attendances at Turf Moor are an accurate reflection of our financial might at present. A bigger worry to me - and one that might be played out in coming weeks - is that our leading scorer might eventually sign for a club who have smaller crowds than we do, though a few more pounds in the boardroom.
RickersTwickers
Dyche might leave for Millwall too although that might please quite a few
turfmanphil
Spot on VR bit creepy this complete agreement with each other these days (more or less!!) lol
turfmanphil
VR has called for a return of Brendan and asked what Lee Hoos is doing at the club? I would certainly welcome Brendan back once he is back on song, and wish him all the best for getting to that point swiftly and happily. But to imagine that post-Modus demise he can just waltz back in and do what he did so well before is based either on knowledge of his current financial affairs that no-one else seems to know about, or wishful thinking. He's the sort of guy who I feel confident will rebuild his business life and then have the ability to again take Bfc forward. But now? I suspect it wil take a bit of time. It's also worth remembering that it was Brendan who gave Gartside permission to talk with Coyle without agreeing on compensation. As even Brendan would admit, I suspect and hope, that was a pretty big blunder. The Chief Exec at the time, Fletch, was on holiday... at one of the busiest times in a club's year. Crikey! The flipside of Brendan's drive is the risk of overconfidence. Letting your Chief Exec go away at such a time and taking on personally all the tasks in a January window is something I would hope we won't do again. I suspect that all have learned thier lessons. Fletch, for example, has pretty much admitted he's not really a player-trader. The Board has brought in a chief exec who is highly qualified and experienced in doing that. It has always been clearly stated that he's there to implement the Board's will. So in answer to VR's perplexing question abut where he is... he's at his desk doing his job! Does he have money to do more and want to become a shareholder/director? If that's what VR is asking, I have no idea.
Couch Potato
Further to the above post... it's perhaps worth remembering, if only to try to keep the debate in some kind of balance, that it was Bendan who appointed Brian Laws, and who spoke about the accountancy method of management recruiting. Fletch wanted Dowie, as someone who had something akin to Coyle-style motivational technique, and who might therefore have bridged the gap between Coyle's somewhat eccentric and briefly very successful style and whatever was to happen next. Fletch felt Laws' dourness was too big a contrast. But, Fletch was at the beach and Dowie didn't do the business at 'ull. So 'oo knows? Presumably the high level of angst on this site is entirely comparable with the mood of fans at other clubs. The joy of a competitive system is that even if all sets of fans of all 24 clubs think their clubs are in crisis, they can't all be relegated next season. Positive noises alongside critical discussion from messageboards and terraces might well be what makes a ifference in the Championship next season. So get you grumps out of the way now, and cry 'come on Burnley' when the real action begins again!
Couch Potato
 

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