Co-chairman: Clarets have proved their worth

This Is Lancashire: Sean Dyche is flanked by (left to right) John Banaszkiewicz, Brendan Flood, Barry Kilby and Mike Garlick at Turf Moor yesterday Sean Dyche is flanked by (left to right) John Banaszkiewicz, Brendan Flood, Barry Kilby and Mike Garlick at Turf Moor yesterday

BURNLEY co-chairman John Banaszkiewicz believes the Clarets have proved that football is not all about money after sealing their promotion to the Premier League.

Banaszkiewicz and Mike Garlick took on the roles of joint chairmen in the summer of 2012, appointing Sean Dyche as manager months later before seeing the Clarets rise to the top flight in their second season at the helm.

“To finish second in a very competitive league is unbelievable,” said Banaszkiewicz, with Leicester expected to seal the title at Bolton tonight.

“It’s absolutely fantastic, what a performance.

“We’ve had a great season, we were written off at the start of the season, we were supposed to be going down.

“We came 11th last season and if we improved on that and got in the play-offs, that to us would have been a bit of a dream scenario.

“To do what we’ve done is incredible, particularly on the budget we’ve set.

“We’ve actually done a good job here, me and Mike, breaking even, compared to a lot of clubs losing money hand over fist.

“It’s not all about money.”

Banaszkiewicz heaped praise on Dyche, who was appointed in October 2012 after a rigorous interview process.

“A lot of it is down to the manager and to the players as well,” said the lifelong Burnley fan, who is also the managing director of Freight Investor Services.

“It’s a tight knit squad, they’ve all been playing very well together.

“The manager has got the best out of the team so he’s managed to perform a little miracle.

“We interviewed 18 people for the job and he actually came in with a PowerPoint presentation, which is quite unusual for a manager.

“But he certainly knew how to sort out our little fortress at the back because we were letting a lot of goals in, and you could tell he had all the attributes.

“He’s not only good on the pitch, he’s good off the pitch too, he wants to get involved in everything, sales, commercial, marketing!

“He’s a businessman, I actually offered him a job at FIS if he ever wanted to try a new career!”

Thoughts will now turn to Burnley’s prospects in the Premier League next season.

“We’ve just got to try to stay up now and that’s the objective,” Banaszkiewicz said.

“We were up there four years ago and hopefully we’ve learned a little bit from that and it’s a whole different ball game. We’ll be focused.”

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3:46pm Tue 22 Apr 14

the usher says...

Well done Burnley in reaching the Premiership, and this from a Blackburnian(not a Rovers follower these days).Burnley and Leicester have proved to be the best two teams in the Championship. Good luck to them next season but I do feel they will have to spend to stay alive there!
Well done Burnley in reaching the Premiership, and this from a Blackburnian(not a Rovers follower these days).Burnley and Leicester have proved to be the best two teams in the Championship. Good luck to them next season but I do feel they will have to spend to stay alive there! the usher
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10:43pm Tue 22 Apr 14

owd nick says...

Which basically means we ain't going to spend a penny.
Which basically means we ain't going to spend a penny. owd nick
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1:17am Wed 23 Apr 14

u owe u owe says...

If that's the case, then we'll have a problem as Hawkeye system has to be fitted and maintained. Yes they will spend, but not on prima donnas wanting big bucks for little effort, costing stupid fees. Some wise transfers and a little Dychey Dust, and who knows mid table?
If that's the case, then we'll have a problem as Hawkeye system has to be fitted and maintained. Yes they will spend, but not on prima donnas wanting big bucks for little effort, costing stupid fees. Some wise transfers and a little Dychey Dust, and who knows mid table? u owe u owe
  • Score: 5

8:01am Wed 23 Apr 14

shawman says...

Well done Burnley on your promotion to the premier league, enjoy & I hope we can join you there next season, from a Blackburn fan.
Well done Burnley on your promotion to the premier league, enjoy & I hope we can join you there next season, from a Blackburn fan. shawman
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9:09pm Wed 23 Apr 14

stevieclaret says...

u owe u owe wrote:
If that's the case, then we'll have a problem as Hawkeye system has to be fitted and maintained. Yes they will spend, but not on prima donnas wanting big bucks for little effort, costing stupid fees. Some wise transfers and a little Dychey Dust, and who knows mid table?
There are good players out there who will jump at the chance of coming to burnley now. Look at palace. They are 11th n av borrowed n bought wisely. They play a lot of the team that won at wembley.
[quote][p][bold]u owe u owe[/bold] wrote: If that's the case, then we'll have a problem as Hawkeye system has to be fitted and maintained. Yes they will spend, but not on prima donnas wanting big bucks for little effort, costing stupid fees. Some wise transfers and a little Dychey Dust, and who knows mid table?[/p][/quote]There are good players out there who will jump at the chance of coming to burnley now. Look at palace. They are 11th n av borrowed n bought wisely. They play a lot of the team that won at wembley. stevieclaret
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