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Chairman's Notes: Sunderland

21 September 2014

Co-Chairman Mike Garlick on the new-look Turf Moor

Good afternoon everyone and a very hearty welcome back for today’s game from all the Board of Directors.

Last weekend I awoke for what I would consider to be one of my more local fixtures. Crystal Palace is only 35 miles as the crow flies from my Hertfordshire home, yet frustratingly continued to live up to its reputation as being one of the most difficult grounds in the country to get to!

I decided to drive and it took me three hours door to door – roughly the time it takes me to drive up to Burnley!

Next year I’ll definitely take the train!

Nevertheless, the drive was worthwhile and we gained a very credible point and, as we all know, were unlucky not to come away with all three. Another clean sheet was very positive and we now have the sixth best goals conceded record in the Premier League - if that can continue then we can have cause for optimism.

The Palace result came on the back of our first home points against a Manchester United side who can certainly claim to be in transition. However, their powerhouse performance against another newly-promoted team, QPR, last weekend, certainly showed the world what they are capable of and we can be extremely pleased with the way we acquitted ourselves against one of the giants of world football, who spent big in the transfer window.

With that window now shut until January, the final few hours saw some frantic action – until deep into the early hours of the morning here at Turf Moor.

I and my fellow directors are very happy with our additions, George Boyd, Nathaniel Chalobah and Michael Keane. The ten new players this season will naturally take time to embed and integrate into the squad, picking up Sean’s ethos and managerial tactics. But overall we feel we are a far stronger proposition than we were in June, with cover in most positions (a luxury we lacked for all of last season). Most importantly, all the new players wanted to come and play for Burnley and saw us as an opportunity to develop and improve themselves, rather than just make a sideways move.

The net result is we now have a group of highly ambitious and hungry individuals who want to do well, not only for themselves but crucially for the team.

Finally, another glance around Turf Moor today will show off the final ground improvements for now. The Bob Lord Stand seats have all been given a lick of claret and blue gloss, making the stadium more easy on the eye aesthetically.

Improvements also carry on at Gawthorpe in terms of pitch development, which is especially motivating for the players as they can see an ongoing investment from the club, which they in turn buy into.

In closing, we feel we are now entering a spell of games in which we can add to pour points tally. There are no easy games at this level, but our start gives real and encouragement and hopefully you all feel that too.

Get behind the boys today.
Mike


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