CEO David Baldwin updates fans on the many off-field projects taking place at Turf MoorGood afternoon everyone and welcome back to Turf Moor.
I trust you all enjoyed the international break and return today in good voice to cheer on the boys.
On the pitch it may have been a quiet time, but behind the scenes it has been full steam ahead with a multitude of things to keep us all busy.
Firstly, I am sure now you will all have read about the appointment of our new general manager Matt Williams.
Matt joins us officially in February from his role as Chief Executive at Shrewsbury Town and I am sure he will prove to be a valuable asset to the club.
Matt has worked behind the scenes in many senior roles, both in his previous job at Blackpool and latterly at Shrewsbury, and our paths have crossed many times in a professional capacity.
He joins our senior management team and will help to drive forward a number of projects as we look to improve all aspects of the club and its customer service.
His brief is to provide support to each department head and to review the Performance, quality and HR provision of each of these departments.
Elsewhere, the office move, which sees all staff relocated next week into the new build in the Bob Lord Stand, means we can now look to implement phase two of the ground improvements.
That means the demolition, early in the New Year, of the existing building that also houses the ticket office and Clarets Store.
At this point the ticket office will relocate to a temporary location further along Harry Potts Way, while our retail department will be severely limited at Turf Moor.
Naturally the Clarets Store in Charter Walk will remain fully stocked, but here at Turf Moor the temporary store, relocated to the front-facing offices in the Elite Training Centre, will carry only limited stock.
However, we feel that’s a small price to pay for what will ultimately be a much bigger, more welcoming and overall far better experience once the new building combines the new ticketing and retail departments.
This week also saw the release of our half season ticket package, including the good news that Burnley fans will now occupy the David Fishwick Stand for the rest of the season.
I feel we have provided a competitive price for Championship football and we’ve been delighted with the early take-up.
The decision to house our fans in the Fishwick Stand was an easy one, given the recent trial was a big success.
Those fans who either bought tickets or transferred into that area have certainly helped the atmosphere inside Turf Moor, and we need to maintain that wherever possible in order to help Sean and the players.
May I also congratulate Neil Hart and the community team on the awards and recognition the received at the MBNA football awards for Community Club of the Year and the Danny Ings Disability Sports Project being ‘Highly Commended’.
Finally, I’d like to congratulate Barry Kilby on his recent appointment to Vice Chairman. Barry is someone I have got to know down the years and he is fiercely passionate about the club and I am sure will continue to serve it well as Mike’s deputy.