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A Call For Calm.

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.


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 28 2008

Time: 12:14PM

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Good article Steve and well balanced. It is so frustrating not to see new faces coming into the club and I know I certainly am prone to fits of anger when nowt happens
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28/01/2008 12:17:00

Some good points made Steve, We fans need to take a reality check at times. We don't want Brendan, Barry, and Owen to risk the long term future of the Club
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28/01/2008 15:32:00

I think that steve has made a valid point in the fact of msrs Kilby & Flood steadying the ship but I wholeheartedly disagree with fans being blamed for having frustration against the club! Yes we have a stellar team, that can finally play the football we have craved for so long!! But any club that is so close to glory that refuses to spend cash, that could so easily be recouped from a trip to the premiership is in my book, INSANE!!! Spend and GAIN!!! Don't spend and live in mediocrity and as Clarets we finally deserve more! UP THE CLARETS!!!
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28/01/2008 20:13:00

Just wondering what our response will be to Steve's article if NOBODY at all comes in by Thursday
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28/01/2008 23:59:00

Well i think we are still in a good position to challenge for the title myself!!!! Players in are always gonna be good but remember it sometimes takes time to gel!!!! I want Riordan, I think thats been my sticking point for a few weeks! If we don't get him we're thick, but equally the super small squad can still do it! All i think is we have the money to spend and instead of sending fans to west brom free(30,000 that no lie!!!!14 ticket adult, 12 seniors/juniors) thats if we send 3000 fans down like, which is the allocation
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29/01/2008 00:27:00

I think the manager and board know that we need 2 players by Thursday to see us through the rest of the season. I like the quotes 'The manager and the board of directors have a duty to do what is best for Burnley' and 'If it does not happen this year we build on the solid foundations we have and come back stronger next year.' Too true for me, however I think that the board and manager know that for Burnley we need new signings (even if only on loan) in order to help the squad for the rest of the season. I like the thought of no rushed (permanent) signings and having the summer to wheel and deal but we've got to look at this season too and the midfield and attacking options are something which need to be addressed before the deadline expires. I hope Flood, Kilby and Coyle are able to sort something out to repay the supporters for their loyalty and hopes for the club. Up the Clarets!!!
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29/01/2008 00:38:00

probably the same although i still think someone will be coming to the turf
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29/01/2008 01:26:00

yike saint!!!!!!!!!!! same thing as i was thinking, oh yeah i better chill on the exclamation points
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29/01/2008 01:55:00

In some ways, I cant wait for Thursday to come & go so we know where we stand, and even after that there are still loan options if need be! One exclamation mark,apparantly it's also my trademark
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29/01/2008 22:32:00


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