A New Dawn
Chairman Alan Pace’s first programme notes.
Happy New Year!
Whether you were lucky enough to gather with loved ones, or celebrated remotely, I hope you and your families enjoyed the Christmas and New Year period, and most importantly, stayed safe and healthy.
I was incredibly proud to learn more about the good work done by the club in the local community over Christmas, with hundreds of food hampers and gifts donated to those in need. I’d like to add my thanks to all the supporters and staff who helped make this possible.
It has been a busy start to 2021 for myself and my team at ALK Capital, having become the new owners of Burnley Football Club on New Year’s Eve and completed an investment that has been a very long time in the making.
Watching from afar, I have been incredibly impressed by the work that Mike Garlick, Sean Dyche and everyone at Turf Moor has done over recent years to make Burnley an established Premier League club and a cornerstone of the local community.
We believe that now is the right time to build on that work, and that together, we can take this club onto the next level, both on and off the pitch.
My job over the coming months is to implement a sustainable growth plan, focused on improving all aspects of the club while upholding its values and heritage. I’m looking forward to building a positive relationship with the club’s supporters and sharing more about those plans in due course.
On the field, the team has put together some strong performances in recent weeks, as we take a break from the Premier League action today to focus attention on the Emirates FA Cup. This is a competition I’ve long admired, and one which has its own special place in Burnley’s history, having lifted the cup back in 1914, in a final which will also be remembered for being the first to be attended by the reigning monarch, King George V.
As we enter the new year, I know that the January transfer window will be at the forefront of supporters’ minds, particularly given the recruitment challenges the club faced in the summer.
Although I need some time to properly assess the club’s plans for this marketplace, I am looking forward to providing support to Sean Dyche and his management to reach our goals.
I am sadly unable to take my seat at Turf Moor today for the very first time as club chairman, and with this in mind, I also reflect that it is not the same without fans and I know how much you all miss being at this ‘Happy Place’.
I appreciate that the current national lockdown makes it a very difficult time for many people, but please remember that your club remains with you. As a new year begins, we must remain positive that better days lie ahead in 2021.
As coronavirus vaccines are rolled out at scale, I hope that we can eventually get back to doing the things we love, with the people we love most.
2021, of course, also marks the centenary of the club’s first league championship victory – a significant milestone for Burnley Football Club, which I look forward to hopefully celebrating with supporters.
Before then, I’d like to thank you for the warm welcome to Burnley and for your continued support to the club. Let’s start 2021 as we mean to go on, with a good performance and a place in Monday’s draws!