Co-Chairman Mike Garlick salutes the players, staff and fans as another season draws to a closeSO near and yet so far!
Last weekend was a bittersweet one for myself and, I’m sure, everyone connected with Burnley Football Club.
As we’ve come to expect from this group of players, nothing was left out on the pitch as we gained our customary win at Hull!
Alas, results from elsewhere made it mathematically impossible to do what we’ve all believed, and maintain our Premier League status.
As joint-Chairman, I take great pride in what we’ve actually achieved this year. I know some might be say that relegation is not an achievement, but I firmly believe the club has positioned itself well for the challenges that lay ahead.
Everywhere we have gone this season, we’ve been showered with praise for the way we have conducted ourselves on and off the pitch.
On it, we have been hugely competitive almost every week and gained some memorable results against the giants of the game, not only here but in world football.
Beating and drawing with Manchester City, earning a point here against Manchester United and that wonderful day against the champions at Stamford Bridge.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, our thanks go out to Sean Dyche, his staff and the playing squad for the way they have conducted themselves this season. You have been inspirational.
Off the pitch, we’ve ensured the future of the club is stable financially – no mean feat in a division where money can run like water through your fingers.
And again, when welcoming fans old and new to Turf Moor, I know from comments received that we have been accommodating hosts.
Our thanks go out to all the staff who work tirelessly day-in-and-day-out to keep the club ticking over. People behind the scenes are often forgotten in the grand scheme of things, but we value them immensely.
Last, but certainly not least, a huge thank you to the supporters, who have been in such wonderful voice through the campaign. Home and away you have given Sean and the players unequivocal backing and I know that is greatly appreciated.
Hopefully, we can count on your support as we look to compete again next season.
The Championship is an unforgiving league, but as I say I feel we have positioned ourselves well for another assault.
There will not be a club in a healthier financial state, of that I’m certain – and funds will be made available for squad strengthening.
We have new club offices being built in the Autumn, and hopefully the planning permission to transform the Gawthorpe training ground into a base fit for purpose as a club with big ambitions.
The future is rosy - and after today and the final game at Aston Villa next weekend, we will take a short breather and come back rejuvenated and ready for the challenge of returning Burnley Football Club back to the top table.
Thank you for your support and enjoy the summer.