Clarets On Belguim Scouting Trip

Clarets Scouting Striker Mbwana Samatta

Both the Clarets and Bournemouth Football Club have had club scouts in Belgium this weekend alongside scouts from all around Europe including Arsenal, who were watching the game between Mouscron vs Genk. The Gunners were probably there for prospects such as Sander Berge and Leandro Trossard, it seems more likely that both Sean Dyche and Eddie Howe are keen on players who can assist their team straight away.

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Bournemouth are currently looking to improve their central midfield options and were viewing Ruslan Malinovskyi , who seems like the ideal signing for Eddie Howe. Arriving from Shakhtar back in 2017, the Genk midfielder has already eclipsed his tally of seven goals and four assists in forty-two games from last season, with ten goals and eight in twenty-three appearances this season.

Burnley have issues in the goalscoring department with Ashley Barnes and Sam Vokes only scoring four goals between them so far this season, meaning Sean Dyche is in the market for a new striker in the transfer window. The obvious target here is Tanzania International Mbwana Samatta, who has nineteen goals in twenty-three appearances in all competitions this season.

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Samatta, is able to find the back of the net with both feet and physical enough to prove a nuisance for defenders in the air. He is currently thriving under Philippe Clement at Genk and is the kind of player that would be interested in a move to the Premier League.

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Former Claret Looking For Australian Club

Steven Hewitt Set For Australian Move

League of Wales side Bangor City Football Club have today confirmed that former Clarets midfielder Steven Hewitt has left the club by mutual consent to purse his football career in Australia. In a statement the club made it clear that Steven was moving overseas and that he had no intension of joining another club in the League of Wales.

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Hewitt, started his career in the youth teams of Blackburn Rovers and Stockport County before signing two-year scholarship terms with Burnley. He signed his first professional contract at Turf Moor in October 2011, before making his debut for the club in April 2012

After impressing during his first year as an apprentice he was taken on the five-day first team pre-season tour to South West where he was an unused substitute in a defeat to Bristol Rovers but featured as a substitute in a 3–1 win over Torquay United. Hewitt was given squad number 33 and appeared on the bench for the first time in a 3–2 League Cup win over Barnet.

He was included in the first team squad for the Championship match with West Ham United at Turf Moor, again remaining an unused substitute in a 2–2 draw. But he made his professional debut in a 1–0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion coming on as a sub for Charlie Austin. Whilst at Burnley he had to loan spells with Alfreton Town and Southport in the Conference before joining Chester in 2015.

After a second spell Southport he signed for Accrington Stanley for two seasons before joining Bangor City in the League of Wales, where he has spent the last two seasons making 27 appearances for the club, scoring 7 goals.

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Clarets Appoint Steve Stone U23 Manager

Former Forest & England International Steve Stone Joins Clarets

Burnley Football Club have this morning announced the appointment of Steve Stone as the Clubs lead U23 Professional Development Coach. The former England international replaces Michael Duff who left the Clarets’ Academy last month to become manager of Cheltenham Town.

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Stone enjoyed a magnificent playing career at Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa, Portsmouth and Leeds United whilst being capped by England nine times.  He also arrives at Burnley with a wealth of coaching experience gained from five years at Newcastle United.

The Gateshead-born former midfielder worked from U16 teams to first-team level during his time at St.James Park developing young players and bridging the gap to the first-team environment as part of his brief.  Stone watched the Clarets U23’s extend their unbeaten run to five games with a 1-1 draw at Liverpool in the Premier League Cup on Sunday before officially starting his new role in charge of the team this morning.

Speaking about his role at Burnley Steve Stone said, “I think this role suits me perfectly for what I’ve done in the past with my coaching. It’s one that excites me as well, from the way Burnley are going with the first team and the way the training ground is set up. Plus the young players are starting to develop and come through the ranks of the club.

I think the job will take time, but Jon Pepper and Andy Farrell as well as Michael Duff before them have done a great job the way the team is playing at the minute. The key is over the next few years, to fill the gap from where these lads are now and to bridge the gap to get them in and around the first team.

Walking into a new football club and having to learn everything from scratch can be difficult sometimes.  I’ve obviously got a heads-up having played with Sean Dyche and Ian Woan at Nottingham Forest and now I’m looking forward to using the licence I have to go on and do the job I’ve been brought in to do.”

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Silsden AFC v Irlam FC

Silsden AFC 2 v 5 Irlam FC (North West Counties Premier Division)

Silsden AFC returned to league action yesterday as they welcomed Manchester side Irlam Football Club to the Cobbydale Construction Stadium in the North West Counties Premier League. Manager Danny Forrest made four changes from the side that beat Bedlington in the FA Vase last week with Moses, Everingham, Illingworth and Storrie all returning to the starting line-up, whilst new signing Callum Jakovlevs was on the bench.

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This weekend marks 100 years since the end of the First World War and all clubs across the country held a minute’s silence as part of the Remembrance Day celebrations as a mark of respect to the soldiers that have lost their lives in conflicts around the world.

As with a number of games this season it was the visitors who started the stronger of the two sides, as Marcus Perry collected the ball at the edge of the area before firing a shot towards goal, but the ball shot was blocked by Mark Everingham before going for a corner.

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On seven minutes, the visitors took the lead following a great cross in from Andre Stewart which found Matty Boland free in the six yard box, but he headed the ball against the post before tapping in the rebound into the goal to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

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Irlam extended their lead on seventeen minutes, when Liam Pollitt collected the ball just inside the Silsden half before flying down the left-wing and cutting into the Silsden area to slot the ball past Sammy Lee in the home goal and make it 2-0.

Just four minutes later the visitors should have extended their lead even further, as Matty Boland sent over a perfect in-swinging corner which was met by Liam Pollitt but his head went just over Sammy Lee’s crossbar and out for a goal kick.

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Silsden had an excellent chance to pull a goal back before the break, when Will Storries’s diving header was tipped onto the crossbar by visiting goalkeeper Lee White who then turned the ball around the post for a corner to leave the half-time score 2-0.

Manager Danny Forrest had some strong words for his side during the half-time interval which seamed to pay off as just four minutes into the second half Silsden pulled a goal back, when Eddie Griffiths brought down his man in the area and referee Mr Davidson pointed to the spot, skipper Joe Gaughan converted the penalty to make it 1-2.

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However, just three minutes later the visitor regained their two goal lead when Pollitt chased a ball into the Silsden area and was brought down by Dan Illingworth and Matty Boland step up to score the penalty to make it 3-1.

Silsden again started to come back into the game and created a couple of chances over the next ten minutes, the game became little more physical in the second half as the home side push to get back into the game.

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On eighty-two minutes, Marcus Perry get his rewards for an afternoon of hard graft as he ran through the Silsden defence before slotting the ball passed Sammy Lee in the goal to make it 4-1 to the visitors.

Just three minutes later, the home side pulled a goal back following an excellent free-kick into the Irlam six yard box which was headed home by Reece Lyndon to make it 4-2.

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In the final minute of the game with the home side looking tired, Liam Morrison won possession in midfield and ran through again unchallenged and fire home the visitors fifth goal to make the full-time score 5-2 to Irlam Football Club.

Match Details

Silsden AFC – Lee, Moses, Everingham, Ainscough, Illingworth, Lyndon, Rhodes, Gaughan, Storrie, Kirby, Sultan (Subs) Darkin, Jakovlevs, Baldwin, Hardisty-Blackwell, Forrest

Irlam FC – White, Stewart, Griffiths, Doyle, Amado, Cassell, Perry, Morrison, Buckley, Boland, Pollitt (Subs) Hargreaves, Eyres, Foulds, McCarty

Goals(Silsden) Gaughan, Lyndon (Irlam) Boland (2), Pollitt, Perry, Morrison

Attendance – 155

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Huddersfield Town Chasing Clarets Captain

Huddersfield Town Chasing Tom Heaton 

Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner has confirmed the club have already made contact with Burnley Football Club over a deal to sign England International goalkeeper Tom Heaton in January transfer window.

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Heaton, meanwhile has fallen down the pecking order at Turf Moor since the arrival of Joe Hart from Manchester City, the three-time England international is desperate to leave Turf Moor, where another Three Lions shot-stopper Nick Pope is also employed.

Heaton’s contract has only eighteen month left to run and with both Hart and Pope at the club the Clarets could be temped into selling the club captain. A move to Huddersfield Town who are based just twenty-five miles east of Burnley could appeal to Heaton.

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Jonas Lossl and Ben Hamer have shared the Terriers’ goalkeeping duties this season and Huddersfield Town currently have the Premier League’s fourth worst defence, leaving them third from bottom of the table.

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Former Claret First African League Mananger

Dino Maamria From Tent to Football League Manager

Stevenage manager Nourredine “Dino” Maamria is currently the only African managing professionally in the football league.  His remarkable journey into football management started when he was born in a tent in a small South Tunisia town called Gafsa, before he was spotted by a holidaying Burnley scout who offered him a trial at Turf Moor.

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Maamria, started his career with AS Marsa in his native Tunisia making his first-team debut in 1992, he spent two years with the club which included winning the Tunisian President Cup Final. Whilst playing for AS Marsa in an away match at Étoile Sportive du Sahel, a tourist resort in the north of Tunisia he was watched by Burnley’s chief scout at the time Brian Miller who happened to be on holiday.

Miller offered him a two-week trial at Turf Moor and after scoring in a reserve fixture against Bradford City. Maamria was offered a short-term deal with the Clarets. Although he failed to make a first-team appearance for the club after suffering a long-term injury he was released by the club in 1996.  He then signed for Glentoran after Burnley caretaker manager Clive Middlemass had recommended him to former Claret and then Glentoran managar Tommy Cassidy.

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After spending the next fourteen years playing in the lower leagues of english football with teams such as Doncaster Rovers, Rushden & Diamonds, Northwich Victoria before having three spells with both Southport, Stevenage were he finished playing career in 2012 before continuing his coaching and management career in the game.

Once again it was Burnley Football Club that gave Maamria his first experience coaching in the summer of 1997, where he worked as an academy coach to help the club produce and develop youngsters within the club system. One of the players he helped develop was Jay Rodriguez during his time at the club, where he also gained his UEFA licences.

Having already gained some experience as a caretaker manager of Northwich Victoria whilst still playing, he added to that experience with three assistant management roles with Graham Westley at Stevenage, Preston North End and Newport County. The chance to become a manager in his own right came in 2015 with Southport before further roles with Nuneaton Town and now with Stevenage Football Club.

Speaking about his management career Nourredine Maamria said, “It takes a brave chairman to employ an African, I think it was because I was a player and a coach here before so the chairman knows me and trusts me.

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It’s difficult because there are so many English and Europeans around who are qualified, Africans are different, my weakness is that I’m a foreigner in a different country so I’ve got to be excellent at what I do to get noticed. We have to survive in Africa and to survive we don’t stand still. I tell my players, every lion wakes up in the morning and he is going to be looking for the next meal. Every gazelle wakes up that morning thinking how am I going to escape the lion.

The best coaches in the world, they say are Spanish, Germans, Portuguese and some English the trend goes that way. Clubs in our leagues or leagues above us are looking for Spanish or Portuguese. They’re not better than us (Africans), it’s because the trend is to go that way. Unfortunately no African coaches have come to English football and done well. Because that market hasn’t been tried and trusted, there’s a reluctance from chairmen to give jobs to Africans. But it’s my opportunity now and hopefully I’ll do well and many more African’s will be in English football.”

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Clarets Chasing Brentford Striker

Sean Dyche Interested In Sky Bet Championship Striker Watkins

According to Sky Sports, Premier League Burnley Football Club are keen to bring forward Ollie Watkins of Brentford to Turf Moor in the January transfer window. However the Sky Bet Championship side are surprisingly looking for around £20 million for his signature.

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The Clarets are looking at delving into the Championship for potential signings for the January transfer window as Sean Dyche looks to bolster his squad. They are currently looking to rekindle their interest in West Bromwich striker Jay Rodriguez.

Ollie Watkins is an option for the Clarets if they are prepared to pay a big fee to lure him to Turf Moor. He has been the subject of interest from the Premier League since his move to Brentford.  He made the switch to Griffin Park from Exeter City in July 2017 for just £1.8 million and has scored eleven goals in all competitions last season.

Watkins has so far managed four goals so far in this campaign and is very highly-rated by the new Bees’ boss Thomas Frank, who will be looking to keep hold of him in January.

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