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David Baldwin on 2016/17 preparations

15 June 2016

Chief Executive David Baldwin says he is delighted that the Clarets will start the season with home comforts on the opening day in the Premier League.

Sean Dyche’s men will host Swansea City at Turf Moor on Saturday 13th August before taking on Liverpool and Chelsea in the opening month.

Reflecting on one of the most eagerly anticipated days ahead of the season with Sky Sports, Mr Baldwin says the club can’t wait to get going.

He said: “I think it’s great to get a home game on the first day of the season. No disrespect to Swansea but it’s different to the Manchester United’s and Chelsea’s of this world.

“Two years ago we experienced Chelsea coming here on the opening day when we took the lead but they went on to another gear.

“Every game is difficult in the Premier League but it’s nice to get one at home where we can start to compete.”

In preparation for that curtain raiser, there is a number of projects going on around the ground as well as the continuation of work at the new Barnfield Training Centre.

Work off the pitch is also being mirrored in the player recruitment drive for the new campaign to maximise the chances of success.

Baldwin added: “We’ve got new floodlights going in, the new shop being built and the pitch is well underway so all is progressing nicely.

“On the playing side, we’re working really hard on that. Across the Premier League there is not a great amount of deals crossing the line at the minute.

“But there is plenty of work going on behind the scenes so it’s a case of watch this space.

“There is a lot of speculation at the minute which we would never comment on until any deal is over the line.

“It’s a case of making sure players fit into a well-established culture that has brought us success under Sean and I feel confident with time and patience that will occur.

“One good illustration of that is last season when I think it would be fair to say Andre Gray and Joey Barton had a huge impact but neither one of them were in the building by the second week of August.”

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