Burnley will be in the Championship next season after Sunday’s 2-1 reverse to Newcastle United confirmed relegation.
The Clarets had things in their own hands heading into the final day but could not produce a performance when it mattered most and their defeat, coupled with Leeds United’s win at Brentford, means Burnley’s stay in the Premier League is over. Attention now turns to the future with uncertainty surrounding Turf Moor.
Burnley are without a permanent manager, have nine senior players including their captain out of contract, and have question marks over the financial future of the club given relegation. Much will fall on chairman Alan Pace’s shoulders and he faces a critical few weeks for his and the club’s future. Here we take a look at five questions which need answers sooner rather than later.
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Priority number one. ALK and Alan Pace had been planning for both scenarios and will now ramp up a new man to lead the Clarets in the Championship.
It remains unclear as to where Burnley will turn with Wayne Rooney among those the Clarets are keen on. Anderlecht’s Vincent Kompany is another admired at Turf Moor but he is unlikely to want to join a side in the second tier, something that also applies to Kjetl Knutsen at Bodo Glimt.
Chris Wilder seems to be staying at Middlesbrough while Mike Jackson is not under consideration, nor is he putting his name in the frame. Former Clarets Joey Barton and Michael Duff have been linked but it’s understood neither is being considered at this stage.
ALK are acutely aware of how important this appointment is and want to bring someone in with a degree of experience as well as being prepared to fit into the model at Turf Moor in terms of budget, the likely appointment of a technical director and the use of analytics in the transfer market.
Burnley have nine to resolve. James Tarkowski will depart at the end of his deal while Jack Cork is set to have a 12 month extension activated.
A similar option exists on Ashley Barnes’ contract but questions remain as to whether he will remain with no decision yet taken. Captain Ben Mee is the most significant out of contact player and it had been widely expected that he will re-sign but relegation raises further questions although there remains a feeling that he’ll stay at Turf Moor.
Matej Vydra, currently sidelined by a cruciate injury, faces an uncertain future while it remains to be seen if Aaron Lennon and Erik Pieters are offered fresh terms. Dale Stephens is expected to depart while it’s believed Phil Bardsley wants to play on next term although he’s hardly featured for Burnley this season.
There are serious questions about the financial future of Burnley and how the Clarets will respond to Premier League relegation.
Pace has long stated his belief in the model he has in place at Turf Moor but the amount of debt and repayment of a significant portion of a £ 65million loan mean he will face extra scrutiny. The Premier League TV money made up 90 per cent of Burnley’s revenue in the year to 2021, and while parachute payments will help soften the blow, they can not be relied upon.
Player sales are inevitable and how Burnley will make up lost revenue, while maintaining and building a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League – something that is crucial to ALK’s long term vision – remains to be seen.
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