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Farewell to Arfield and Marney

End of an era as midfield duo bow out as Clarets sign off memorable season

12 May 2018

Scott Arfield and Dean Marney will say their Burnley farewells on Sunday – but may not pull on their boots for a last time as Clarets.

Sean Dyche will talk to the long-serving midfield duo about the possibility of making a final appearance before they leave Turf Moor at the end of their contracts this summer.

The Clarets’ boss again paid tribute to the double-promotion winning pair who have given a combined 13 years’ service and played over 400 games for the club.

But he admitted that with both looking to rubber-stamp moves to new clubs, there is no guarantee any risks will be taken with their fitness in what is effectively a dead rubber against mid-table Bournemouth.

“Scott and Deano have been massive players for this football club. Deano before I was here and during my time and Scotty, of course, while I’ve been here,” said Dyche.

“We wish them all the very best going forward and we’ll make a decision with them, which is important to remember, about Sunday because they’ve got careers beyond this.

“We’ve got to be careful that they are happy to be involved, or not as case they may be.

“We will be respectful and, fortunately, we are in a position to be respectful to that because of the situation we find ourselves in.”

How else the Clarets’ squad is re-shaped over the summer as Burnley build towards a first European campaign in over 50 years and again look to compete in the Premier League remains to be seen.

But Dyche thanked all those who had contributed to the cause since he replaced Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe five-and-a-half years ago as Burnley prepare to celebrate the club’s highest finish in the league standings since 1974.

“The respect I have for everyone who has played for this club in my time here is right up there,” he added.

“Everyone who has worn our jersey has put in a shift. They’ve all been at least willing to listen and work and be diligent to the job and the team and we can only thank those players.

“They will probably never understand what’s it meant to the people here.”

Dyche, his backroom staff and the players will thank the fans for their support in a lap of appreciation after Sunday’s final game.


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