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Freedman: We'll Not Be Held To Ransom

Freedman: We'll Not Be Held To Ransom

Dougie Freedman has had to make some 'tough decisions' already this summer by moving on some high earners.

In all honesty though the majority of players released are players that really hadn't offered too much to the club over the past season or so, but had been drawing a very good weekly, monthly and yearly salary regardless!

A need to 'balance the books' is essential for the club.

He's told the Bolton News that the club will not be 'held to ransom' but rival clubs or agents and if that means that he has continue to be patient in his efforts to sign players, maybe even sometimes miss out of them, he'll do that.

In January he could have signed Liam Feeney from Millwall, but they quoted Bolton £250,000. That amount was refused and by waiting until the summer he was signed on a free transfer and this is something that he will continue to do if required.

Sometimes you have to take what can be viewed as a calculated risk but the club must always come first really.

I would have to say that I fully agree with Freedman's views and ways of thinking and working in the transfer market what about you?

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Tuesday June 3 2014
Time: 10:03AM

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the brutal truth is we are utterly skint, broke, without the surprise of further funding from the owners we face the worst financial scenario ever in the clubs history. In todays game you need money to attract good talented players, we have neither. Anyone who chooses to belief otherwise, can do so, more fool them. All the supporters have to look forward to is hope - simply hoping next season will be better than the last, sadly hope never won anything. Whatever Freedman says or whatever he does, we are going nowhere. Its farcical to hear him say he has to balance the books - that's impossible, we have an ever increasing debt moving up towards £200 million, income has collapsed, we have zero money in the bank, the club will struggle to trade in another 12 months once the last parachute payment is gone. As for the best interests of the club must come first ? that's not true either, last time I checked both Freedman & Gartside were still employed.
aussie mike
04/06/2014 20:01:00
That's certainly a bleak picture you have painted there, Mike. Unfortunately, much of it is true. However, this time last year, Burnley fans would have seen their team as probably being a mid-table outfit. But a strong manager playing a settled team, with two good goal-scorers proved everyone wrong. DF has to equally start coming up with the goods! We probably just need two good lads up front to make an impression. If we had taken most of our chances last term, I suggest we would have been right up there at the end. However, should we have to sell people like Mark Davies to fund it, then so be it! Let's not be so pessimistic just yet. There are one or two very good youngsters coming through as well. And let's not forget Holden! He may yet come back next season and be a force.
Barney Grumble
04/06/2014 22:37:00
its a sad day for me when every statement I make about my beloved club is cynical, sour and critical , we can all be negative but I abuse it. I agree fully with you Barney, the key to escaping this league is scoring goals and for that you need 2 or 3 lads who will get 15 + goals a season. Derby polarised that point in the play off final, dominated for 90 minutes had about a dozen chances but could not put a single one away. QPR had one single lousy shot on goal throughout, in the last minute and bingo £100 million - thank you very much. At least Dick Turpin wore a mask before he committed highway robbery. I feel for Holden, robbed of his career approaching his peak by a cynical foul from a cynical player, the scar damage must leave a major risk of further injury to that same knee, I don't think he can ever be as good as he was previously. In all honesty BWFC have been extremely unlucky in the last few years but you have to create your own luck and bring things under control, for that you need a tactically intelligent, astute, experienced manager who can identify ' undiscovered' players with quality and ability, I don't belief DF has those skills, I regard him as a perpetual dice roller always gambling never winning, the mark of a loser. One thing for certain we cannot afford to buy proven talent off the shelf, that why I feel there is no hope for the club all the while those in control remain at the club. There was a big fanfare article in the press about a new £100 million redevelopment that will take off, since when had any of that had anything to do with our football team, how will that make our team better or stronger ? where will the £100 million come from ? more debt, more investment and more future interest payments, yet not a single penny of investment where it truly matters within the team - its turned into a complete farce, the club should change its name to the Gartside & Davies Commercial Development Corporation, it will keep both of them in ludicrous remuneration for many more years to come while the team and its supporters suffer
aussie mike
07/06/2014 10:39:00
Unfortunately I fear mike is right
08/06/2014 09:48:00
Mike, the club wont struggle to trade in a years time, the Middlebrook plans show that the club are building from the future and the idea is to bring in revenue from other streams to aid the football business. We have done an awful lot of business very early on and retained most of the first XI which will mean we have some consistency from the off unlike last year. We all want to see Juke come in but we will have to sit tight on that, we are only just into June and a lot more business will be done and the futures of Lee, Sordell, Andrews, Pratley are far from clear and no doubt we will be bringing in anouther forward, and we have the likes of Vela, Odelusi, Riley, Threlkeld, Kellett, Lester, White, Clough, Wilkinson, and Bolger who will all be involved with the first team next year, the future doesnt look that bleak! The coming season will be a big one for DF, i think he knows he needs to have us challenging this season and he has to win over a lot of fans but by getting most of his business done early on shows he is committed to improving the team and the main thing for us has been consistency so the fact that we dont need to make wholesale changes will stand us in good stead, no doubt Juke is integral to our plans, a couple of outgoings and we could be in good shape in time for August. Cheer up Mike!
08/06/2014 11:10:00
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