Burnley director Brendan Flood has spoken to NNN about Owen Coyle, Paul Lambert and the Club’s finances.
Our own Kevin Robinson and James Bird went down to Burnley FC to meet Flood – who joined the board just before the Club’s promotion under Owen Coyle three years ago this summer.
Flood spoke candidly on a range of topics and is clearly still affected by Coyle walking out on the Club two-and-a-half years ago. Similar to most fans, it seems the director is not yet ready to forgive Coyle for joining Bolton Wanderers.
“It’s difficult when you’ve been so close to how things happen to just cast that aside, so for me all the Bolton fixtures make me feel sick, so I won’t probably won’t enjoy that fixture at all,” he told us.
“But I’m sure the fans will enjoy venting their spleen. We all have that fan anger in us, but for me it’s probably a bigger thing.”
Flood of course was instrumental in bringing Coyle to Turf Moor following a recommendation from Bolton chairman Phil Gartside, so it’s understandable he’s still hurting from the Glaswegian’s defection.
The director has already given an insight into the process behind the appointment of Brian Laws following Coyle leaving on Twitter, but offered up more detail in our interview.
Of particular interest was the link to Paul Lambert. The former Norwich City boss is now in charge of Aston Villa and at one point seemed close to a move to East Lancashire.
“He’s a manager who’s got an immense appetite for winning and he would have been good for us whether we’d taken him on after Owen Coyle left or latterly,” said Flood.
“It was an interesting one because at the time we had a number of candidates in the running. Some of those candidates had compensation attached to them – and Brian didn’t.” he told NNN.
“There would have been the normal processes - you approach the club who has the manager, you negotiate the compensation, then you negotiate the terms with the manager … there was the club negotiation to be had – and the the compensation negotiation to be had – and at the time it was more of a board decision, so the board as a whole chose to go with Brian Laws.
“I was on that board so I share some of that responsibility, but I think we could have been more ambitious.”
But he stressed the Club is happy with the progress of Eddie Howe. “He’s more of a club man, he’s a long-term person,” said Flood.
“I think we’ve ended up with the best choice.”
We’ll have more from Brendan on the site later, including a video. Comment below with your thoughts so far.