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Chairman's Notes: QPR

12 January 2015

Co-chairman Mike Garlick is confident the club is on the up

Hello everyone and a warm welcome back to Turf Moor at the start of another eventful year in the life of Burnley Football Club.

I’m sure we’ll all have fond memories of 2014 for a long time to come, and we hope this year continues in the same vein.

Certainly Sean and the players have put themselves in a position where there is everything to play for over the coming 18 matchdays.

Naturally, we are doing all we can to support Sean and help him to strengthen the squad for the second half of the season. I think we all know Burnley is not one of the financial superpowers of the division, but there is finance available to hopefully allow us to make some inroads in the market.

As for outgoings, I think we made our stance perfectly clear late last year when we said nobody was up for sale – and that remains the case,

Indeed, it was refreshing to see Danny Ings come out in the national press recently and back up that stance by insisting he was not looking to leave Turf Moor.

I think the spirit Sean has fostered here among the squad is something special and the manifests itself every time the players step onto the pitch.

Recent trips to Manchester City and Newcastle United provided wonderful performances and results that I would imagine made outsiders finally sit up and take notice of our achievements.

I can only echo Sean’s comments, in response to those citing “struggling” Burnley. We’re certainly not struggling from what I can see. 

We are competitive, ultra-fit and most definitely holding our own against teams immeasurably wealthier than us.

That said, points are there to be had and for a while new we’ve been looking towards this little clutch of games as a test of our progress.

I’m confident that in a few weeks, we will have more points on the board and continue to be defying the bookies’ odds.

In closing, today is our Community Day here at Turf Moor and I’d like to throw the Board’s weight behind what we are doing behind the scenes. 

The new Burnley FC in the Community scheme continues to go from strength to strength and is making a huge difference to the lives of people in and around Burnley.

I would urge young and old to get involved, as there are no barriers to age, gender or religious beliefs. Inclusion is everything and there will most definitely be a programme run by the department that can benefit you.

Enjoy the day

Mike


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