Chairman Mike Garlick prepares Clarets fans for good newsGood afternoon everyone and welcome back to today’s big East Lancashire derby.
We will shortly be preparing and issuing our end-of-year results to shareholders.
I am currently preparing the Chairman’s report to accompany the release of the information, but suffice to say that the club is in excellent shape and I’m sure the figures will make good reading for everyone connected with Burnley Football Club.
I am extremely proud that our club is in such sound financial shape, in a climate when many clubs are pushing the boundaries of what is sustainable in search of the Premier League riches.
Clubs like our own, who methodically buck the trend, send out a clear signal that you can live within your means and be successful.
I also think that if Leicester City can go on to win the Premier League, it would send shockwaves around football.
Suddenly, you can have a team who were promoted only two years ago, along with ourselves, first of all surviving in the top flight and then taking on and beating some of the world’s richest clubs at the very pinnacle of English football.
Leicester would achieve that with pretty much the same group of players, barring one or two crucial signings, and I’m sure Chairmen up and down the land would then be querying some of the monstrous amounts they spend on players.
I’m not sure it will end the financial meltdown, given the new premier League TV deal that kicks in next season is the largest in history, but it would certainly provide food for thought.
Naturally, we hope to gain a piece of that action next season and we are certainly showing good signs of challenging.
Blackburn, of course, would love to put a spoke in the wheels of our growing momentum today, and for every supporter inside the stadium today local bragging rights until the next meeting are up for grabs.
However, on a professional level, Sean and the players have shown they can handle the big occasions many times before and I think today will be no different.
Last weekend was another example of that, when we dug deep to grind out a win when lesser teams would have lost that game. Bolton’s spirit surprised me somewhat, given the nature of their predicament, but as we keep in discovering – and should no longer be surprised at – we keep on finding a way to pick up results.
It promises to be an exciting end to the season. Hang onto your hats!
Thanks for your support.