Q&A With Burnley

  • August 17, 2012 | By Robert Hurst
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The new football season is less than 24 hours away and ahead of Bolton's trip to Burnley, we have got the views of a Clarets supporter.

Saturday's game at Turf Moor will see Wanderers boss Owen Coyle return to his former club for the second time, hoping to avoid a repeat of the 1-0 defeat he suffered when the two sides met in the Carling Cup last season.

Ahead of the weekend's opening npower Championship fixture, we have spoken to TERNENT from Clarets Mad, who shares his views on Coyle's switch to the Reebok Stadium, Chris Eagles, Tyrone Mears and where Wanderers will finish the season.

Q: Do you still bear a grudge on Owen Coyle for moving to the Reebok? How do you rate him as a manager?

A: No, I don't. He chose to move on and had earned the right to seek, what he believed to be, a better opportunity. The timing wasn't ideal, granted, but I felt the way we dealt with his departure reflected a 'small club mentality'.

Coyle made me fall in love with Burnley again after the Cotterill years and gave me the best year and a half of supporting the club, in my lifetime.

He was terribly unlucky with injuries last season to key players such as Holden and Lee and from the outside looking in, the club found it hard to get the 5-0 Stoke thrashing out of their system. This season will be make-or-break for him and his ambitions.

I find it hugely hypocritical when people like Brendan Flood say that Coyle brought the club to its knees in taking the entire backroom staff with him, yet was part of the decision-making process to allow Eddie Howe to be the one to fill the club, from top to bottom, with his people. Coyle brought the first team to its knees, at least to my mind. Howe could, potentially, be the one that brings the CLUB to its knees. But you stick to your story, Brendan.

Q: Have Burnley been busy in the transfer market and what do you make of the club's summer dealings?

A: Jason Shackell will fill a huge void, not just ability-wise at the back, but with the experience he brings. I commend Howe for awarding him the captaincy, a decision I wholeheartedly agree with.

Sam Vokes brings an extra dimension to our group of strikers and will prove useful. Joseph Mills, George Porter and Luke O'Neill, I don't know a great deal about.

Q: Joseph Mills recently signed for the Clarets. What are the chances of him lining up against his older brother Matt on Saturday?

A: I would say nailed on. That is, if you start with Matt.

Q: Tyrone Mears and Chris Eagles have a hit a good patch of form in pre-season. Were you sad to see them leave Turf Moor last season and did the team miss them?

A: I was sad to see both leave.

Regarding Mears, I was worried about how we would replace him. He was the best right back I have seen at the club in my time watching the Clarets. I wasn't sure how easy it would be to find a capable replacement. It is fair to say, however, that Kieran Trippier has exceeded all expectations.

Eagles, on his day, is one of the best players in the division, but that day didn't come often enough.

Q: Who would you say are your most dangerous player(s)?

A: Charlie Austin is a goalscorer. I think Junior Stanislas is capable of carrying a huge threat, but again, we didn't see that often enough last season. Ross Wallace flatters to deceive so I cannot bring myself to say him.

With Brian Stock being signed, presumably to play in front of the back four, I would hope that could free Chris McCann to try and recapture his promotion season form and if that happens, he will be one hell of a player for us.

Q: Which Bolton player(s) do you think your team should be most wary of?

A: Martin Petrov, Eagles and Kevin Davies will be a big threat. David Ngog should score goals at this level and if Chung-Yong Lee can get some games under his belt, he'll be a huge threat in this division also. And if you get the lad Sanchez...

Q: Where do you think you can finish this season?

A: Bottom half

Q: Where do you think the Wanderers will finish this season? Is promotion a possibility?

A: Champions

Q: Finally, what do you think the final score will be at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon?

A: 3-0 Bolton

Burnden Aces would like to thank TERNENT for sharing his views ahead of Saturday's game at Turf Moor.

You can read more answers from the Burnley faithful by checking out our Q&A thread at Clarets Mad.

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