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'It's Quality' - Ten Years on for Chairman

14 November 2016

Chairman Mike Garlick believes Burnley added the quality they needed in the summer transfer market to help them compete in the Premier League.

And he said the Turf Moor board will look to support manager Sean Dyche again in the next transfer window to keep strengthening the Clarets’ squad.

Burnley twice broke their transfer record in the summer to sign midfielders Steven Defour and Jeff Hendrick, as well as bringing in Iceland international Johann Berg Gudmundsson and goalkeeping prospect Nick Pope from Charlton Athletic.

Jon Flanagan and Patrick Bamford also arrived on loan from top-flight rivals Liverpool and Chelsea, and Garlick was pleased with the transfer business he was able to oversee.

“It’s all about quality not quantity,” he said. “It was always a case of getting three or four decent additions in that made sure come 1 September we were better than we were on 1 June and I think we achieved that.

“There is a still a lot of work to be done and improvements to be made but we are getting there.

Jeff Hendrick became Burnley's record buy when he signed from Derby County

“I think the buys we made were of good value and value is the key word – not price.

“It got a little tense towards the end but ultimately we got what we needed.”

Mr Garlick explained that the target come January will again be to end the window stronger than when it opens, but warned not to expect any instant business.

He added: “We have been planning already, so it’s on-going. We are always looking to add to the quality.

“But for all the fans, don’t expect any signings at one minute past midnight on 1 January, because they’re not going to happen, so please be patient.”

Mr Garlick is celebrating a decade on the board at Turf Moor, becoming a director of the club in 2006 before becoming co-chairman in 2012 and then chairman in 2015.

And he is, understandably, proud of the progress the Clarets have made in that time, three times gaining Premier League status and moving into profit, compared with the financial and playing difficulties the club was facing when he became a director.

“We had just sold Ade Akinbiyi to Sheffield United. I think the atmosphere was quite low at the club,” Mr Garlick recalled.

“Let’s say there were some challenging board meetings. There were some tough moments and tough times but we stuck together as a team and got through it.

Success in 2016 made a hat-trick of promotions to the Premier League

“We were regarded as one of the Championship survivors that were hanging on in there, just trying to stay there.

“Slowly but surely we transformed that perception to a challenger in that division.

“Sadly we came straight back down but overall I think it’s been a nice, steady upward graph over the 10 years.

“I think one of the nicest moments for me was the last promotion and the open top bus tour.

“I know we’d done a couple already, but just seeing all those happy people, you look back and think of all the lows and hard times and toil and pain you went through – both at Burnley and in your professional career as well – and just to achieve this moment was all worthwhile.”

A full-length interview with club chairman Mike Garlick will be part of this week's edition of Turf More.

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