Date:Monday January 28 2008
Over the last couple of weeks we have seen many rumours and stories about transfer targets. This is the normal way of the transfer windows. However it is the reaction of some of the fans that has really disturbed me this time. There is a definite frustration with the lack of activity on the transfer market. So I make a call for calm and state my reasons for this because at the end of the day all Burnley fans want the same thing. I feel that there are many factors contributing to the lack of activity and most of them out of our control.
It appears to me that many fans have forgotten the financial position we were in and to some extent still are. We are in a better position due to the work of Kilby and Flood but it does not mean we are financially secure. It not just the purchase price of a new player, there are wages and fees which in the long run could add up to more than the transfer fee itself. As a club we have to keep wages at a level we can afford or we will end up like Leeds and I for one do not want us to go down that road.
The January transfer window itself is a problem. The small window of opportunity to buy and sell players creates artificially inflated prices as those teams pushing for promotion and these avoiding relegation buy to strengthen their teams. Teams also inflate prices to put people off buying their players during this feeding frenzy.
I am not going to go into player and agents has this is a horrible can of worms.
So where does this all leave us... exactly where we are. It would be nice to strengthen the team before Thursday's deadline but like most things in football nothing is certain. The manager and the board of directors have a duty to do what is best for Burnley and I am sure they will.
So what happens if we do not get any new transfers? We will continue with what we have and I believe the team we have is capable of getting into the playoffs. If it does not happen this year we build on the solid foundations we have and come back stronger next year.
At the end of the day we have no control over what happens and venting our frustrations at the club does nothing but wind up more supporters. For this I call for calm. We will return to the top be it this year, next year or in ten years time because we are Burnley, Super Burnley and it is our destiny.
Many thanks to Steve for providing this article and dont forget if you fancy yourself as a journalist and have something you want to get off your chest then contact Vital Burnley or post in our forums declaring your interest to write for the site
Date:Monday January 28 2008
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