Co-Chairman Mike Garlick looks towards the future.
Good afternoon one and all and welcome to Turf Moor for today’s game.
It’s my pleasure to also formally welcome the Directors from Aston Villa, who are, of course, an established Premier League club with a rich history and tradition.
My last programme notes were written in late October for the Everton game and since then we’ve picked up six valuable points and (temporarily, at least) silenced some of our more outspoken media punditry critics, which is always a nice bonus!
Following our deserved three points at home to Hull, we headed for Stoke all feeling somewhat more optimistic. It’s been a happy hunting ground in recent visits, and this particular ‘battle of Britannia’ turned out to be more like a siege.
I was actually watching the game from Singapore with what amounted to around a five minute delay in the commentary. However, I was also receiving regular texts with the up-to-date score, so bizarrely, after 85 minutes of watching I knew the final score, making the last five minutes quite a relaxing experience compared to what my fellow clarets had to endure inside the stadium!
I also decided to relive the experience on Monday through Clarets Player – and it’s so much nicer when you know you have won!
Outside of our first team squad we are continuing to develop our playing and non-playing infrastructure.
New and stronger links are being built with lower level local teams, from the Conference to League One to aid the development path of our younger players.
Also, as previously documented, Dave Baldwin has arrived from Bradford City (I’m sure Dave won’t mind me saying he’s a lifelong Bradford City fan and ex-professional player).
I’ve known Dave for a few years now and he often has told me about how Bradford survived their first season in the Premier League, having signed only one new player. Then, for their second season they signed a whole host of new ‘stars’ for big money and even bigger wages, shattering their wage structure. Bradford were duly relegated and administration followed shortly after. (I must add that Dave didn’t work at Bradford at this point!).
The moral: Improving the quality of our squad must be a process of evolution not revolution!
At Burnley we will look to strengthen and improve our playing squad in January, but at the same time making sure that if the worst case happens, and we do ultimately find ourselves back in the Championship, then the actions we take in January cannot impact on our medium to long-term sustainability as a club.
We will always think, plan and act for the long-term, rather than worry about how to pay next month’s wages!
Too many clubs end up in that position.
Today’s visitors ,Aston Villa , are one of three teams that actually spent less than us on transfers this summer and it’s been well published in the media that the club is up for sale.
I guess this, by nature, creates a degree of uncertainty that cannot be good for players and management alike. But deep down, make no mistake, they have a talented squad of players that can beat the top teams in the division on their day.
So yet again it goes without saying that we will have to be at our very best to gain a positive result
Let’s get behind the boys