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What we learned about takeover and transfers from Neil Hart’s Burnley address

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Burnley CEO Neil Hart opened up on life at Turf Moor as the Clarets chief provided an update to supporters on the conclusion of the transfer window.

Sean Dyche’s side had a quiet summer window with only Dale Stephens and Will Norris arriving at the club.

That lack of activity, coupled with three straight defeats to start the Premier League season, means plenty of Burnley supporters are concerned for the immediate future.

Hart addressed a host of topics in the club led interview including talk of a takeover, the lack of summer spending and the key decisions taken on season tickets and Premier League pay-per-view.

You can read all the key points here but we look at what we can take from Hart’s words.

Takeover active

Hart was coy on the potential investment in the club by American firm ALK Capital LLC, saying that if and when anything was concluded supporters would be informed.

But it was hard not to read into the short answer that that means talks are continuing, with current chairman Mike Garlick actively seeking external investment.

It might go some way to explaining the lack of summer spending and it could well be a case of watch this space moving forward.

Pay-per-view

Plenty of fans have been angered by the decision to charge £14.95 to watch Premier League games not already chosen to be broadcast live.

It prompted us to pen and open letter on the subject but Hart provided some meat on the bones.

The price was set by broadcasters, the other option was not to have the games shown and the Clarets felt giving fans the chance to watch their team was the more appealing choice.

The package put together could be vastly different or improved but ultimately that blame seems to sit with the Premier League itself rather than clubs caught between a rock and a hard place.

January signings

Hart said he envisaged an active January and summer window in 2021.

That will be pleasing mews for fans who expected more from the club over the last few weeks and months.

What remains to be seen is whether that is because the club are confident of securing more investment, if they feel the worse of the pandemic will be behind them or whether the current set-up has the financial stretch Dyche has long been seeking.

Given that noises were made that Burnley would be moving for players this summer there will be a sense of believe it when we see it on a raft of new signings.

Window assessment

For Hart to say that the window was a success because of a couple of new contracts and keeping key players will not wash with the majority of fans.

Of course it is important, Burnley have moved on from the days of selling out of necessity, but as we wrote earlier this week, that should be the foundation rather than the finale.

And Dyche has made no secret of his desire to bring in new faces over the last few months.

It’s impossible to make a case for this being a successful window for the Clarets.




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