Co-Chairman Mike Garlick looks for the Clarets top put on their Sunday best
Good afternoon Clarets fans and welcome back to Turf Moor.
I’d like to offer a very warm welcome to all our visitors from Everton, including Chairman Bill Kenwright and all the Directors and staff.
Everton are a club we have rarely come up against in the recent era and they are also a club widely respected across football for the excellent way they are run.
They are also a fully established top-flight side and I am sure will pose a stiff test of our credentials today.
Like everyone, I am so frustrated that results don’t quite seem to be going our way at present. I think we are showing that we deserve to be at
this level as our general play has been deserving of more reward.
We are, however, finding that life in this league can be extremely cruel and you are often punished for the smallest mistakes.
That is, I guess, symptomatic of the fees paid by some clubs to obtain the world’s best players. We are not in that elite market, but Sean has shown that we can mould a squad capable of competing well and we will, of course, continue to give him our backing.
There is a strange dichotomy in the fact you can spend heavily in this league and still find yourselves struggling. Cardiff City would be a good example of this, and there is a litany of clubs who have gone down this precarious road and are still paying for their decisions.
What we clearly have is a wonderful spirit in the camp and hopefully this will be a key component in the challenges that lay ahead.
Off the field, we continue to look to take the club forwards and I would like to formally welcome our latest recruit, David Baldwin, from Bradford City.
David, who joins the club next month, did a great job as CEO at Bradford and will join the backroom team to support Lee Hoos and the staff.
The club is constantly looking at new ways to engage with supporters, from social media to events such as Thursday’s question and answer session with Sean and even through novel matchday initiatives such as the new Fanzone.
We will always look to maintain a healthy relationship with fans as we fully appreciate and value your support.
If you feel there are ways we can help, I am sure Lee and David would be happy to hear your thoughts and can then pass these on to your Board of Directors.
In the meantime, be loud and keep backing the boys.