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Chairman's Notes: Manchester City

14 March 2015

Co-Chairman Mike Garlick sees team spirit as the key to the Clarets’ success

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to Turf Moor for today’s Premier League game against Manchester City.

A warm welcome to the Boardroom to all the visiting directors from Manchester City, which I am sure will include a sizeable contingent form the club’s overseas owners.

The game will no doubt be used by the media to highlight the financial gulf that exists between ourselves and what is now arguably the biggest club in British football and one of the biggest worldwide.

And City are a club who have benfited greatly from the huge financial investment of Sheikh Mansour and his family. 

But as we proved at The Etihad Stadium in December, with a credible and deserved draw, money isn’t everything.

The team spirit fostered here by Sean and his backroom team has been invaluable to our fight to remain in the Premier League, and I am sure will continue to do so as we enter the final few months of the campaign.

We were written off by many outsiders and pundits the day after we secured promotion, and even more so 10 games into the season as we still searched for that elusive first win.

In the present, I feel we have definitely earned a soft spot among neutrals, who are wishing us well as we strive to balance our financial responsibility as custodians with establishing, retaining and enhancing a competitive squad.

Everywhere my fellow directors and I travel, we receive plenty of positive feedback on our approach to the league, both on and off the pitch, and although it remains tough, I am proud that we have remained true to our roots.

The aim here has to be to continue to build the club, not throw the kitchen sink at one season in the hope it pays off.

There are plenty of examples out there of clubs who overstretch in a desperate bid to retain their share of the Premier League pot and are now still paying the cost.

We will always act responsibly and support and put our trust in those on the footballing side to help deliver the results to carry us forwards.
We wouldn’t have that any other way.

On behalf of the Board, I’d like to formally welcome our latest signing, Fredrik Ulvestad, who again fits the bill of a young, hungry, talented player looking to succeed.

Fredrik has a full Norway cap to his name and follows in the footsteps of many Scandinavians before him, who have made a home for themselves in the English game.

We wish him well.

Enjoy the game

Mike


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