Clarets Offered Chance to Sign USA International

Burnley Offered MSL & USA International Michael Bradley

The man charged with assisting Clarets boss Sean Dyche with attracting players to Turf Moor, Technical Director Mike Rigg yesterday appeared on the BBC’s Radio Lancashire Football Show to talk about his and the club’s plans for the coming transfer window.

During the programme, Mr Rigg advised that Chairman Mike Garlick has made funds available for the transfer window, but also stated the chairman will not put the club at risk by spending over its means.  However he did say that the club is currently active in the market and he would be looking for quality.

During the interview he also stated that the club had been offered an MSL and USA International in January 2019, despite not giving any names it is now thought to be Toronto Football Club midfield player Michael Bradley who is currently valued at $15M.

Bradley, has made 142 appearances at international level scoring 17 goals for his country over the last twelve years.  Now thirty-one years old he has played in Europe for a number of clubs including SC Heerenveen (Holland), Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany), Chievo and Roma (Italy) and a 2011 loan spell with Aston Villa in the Premier League.

Rigg, went on to say that Bradley’s arrival or an other players arrival at the club will very much depend on if the player fits first of all with the managers plans in terms of right player that fits the club and the squad profile and also is they chairman can release the funds to bring the player to the club, but all of that will be discussed in a private meeting with Sean Dyche and Mike Garlick.

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Phil Parkinson Favourite For Reading Post

The Royals Want Ex-Player Phil Parkinson As New Boss

Former Bradford City and current Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson is the bookmakers’ favourite for the vacant managerial job at Reading Football Club. The Wanderers boss is now evens with some companies after previous front-runner Luis Castro decided to stay with Portuguese Primera Division outfit Vitoria de Guimaraes.

Parkinson was a big favourite with the Reading fans making more than 400 appearances for the Royals over an 11-year spell as a player. Sources close to the club say Nigel Howe who recently returned as chief executive, has made Parkinson a prominent name in a ten man shortlist presented to Reading’s Chinese ownership.

Other names have also been linked with succeeding Paul Clements who was sacked on the 6th December, such as Steve Bruce, Slavisa Jokanovic, Martin O’Neill, David Moyes and Gareth Ainsworth. Some reports suggest Reading want to make an appointment quickly and are confident they can have someone in place by the time they face Rotherham United on Saturday.

Parkinson, who took charge of his 126th Bolton Wanderers game at Norwich City on Saturday, which makes him the longest-serving manager at the club since Sam Allardyce resigned in 2007.  However his contractual situation with Wanderers would mean compensation is due and a quick deal could be complicated.

Speaking last week Phil Parkinson said, “I’am trying to focus on my job here at the University of Bolton Stadium. I’ve literally only just found out about it, and it’s a shame that Paul is no longer the manager at Reading, but I am concentrating on Bolton Wanderers and the match this weekend.”

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Burnley U23 v Leeds United U23

Burnley U23 3 v 6 Leeds United (Professional Development League)

Leeds United U23’s arrived at Barnfield Training ground this afternoon and ended the Clarets eight match unbeaten run to go top of the Professional Development League Northern Section thanks to a hat-trick from former Clarets striker Patrick Bamford.

The visitors had a very strong starting squad with half-a-dozen of the side boasting first team experience, whilst on-loan Chelsea forward Izzy Brown and Patrick Bamford also stepped up their returns from injury with goal-scoring performances.

Steve Stone’s side knew a point would take them above Birmingham City into top spot, it started well for the Clarets on seven minutes, when Rob Harker did well to create a chance for Chakwana to tap in from close range to make it 1-0 as he continued his prolific season.

On twenty-eight minutes, Patrick Bamford played a one-two with Harrison to go through on goal, he then superbly lifted the ball over the out-coming Tom Heaton into the empty goal with a brilliant finish to make the score 1-1.

Harker, then had a header saved as Burnley hit back, the big striker continued his very impressive afternoon’s work on his first start of the season when he pulled the ball back for Dan Agyei to score the Clarets’ second and give them the lead a 2-1 lead at the interval.

At the start of the second-half Leeds United introduced the impressive Jack Clarke, who turn the game United’s way and made it 2-2 with a fine run and finish passed tom Heaton four into the half.

The Clarets responded straight from the restart on fifty minutes when a Chakwana shot, after he had been released by hard-working skipper Josh Benson was parried onto the bar by Leeds keeper Will Huffer and Harker reacted quickest to hook home the loose ball.

That never looked like being the end of the goals and just two minutes later Baker made it 3-3 with an excellent strike from the edge of the Clarets area. Baker who spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough is also impressing this season having made ten Championship appearances for the promotion chasing Yorkshire side.

On sixty-one minutes, the visitors took the lead when former England U20 International Izzy Brown on loan from Chelsea converted a low cross from lively left-back Clarke Oduor to make the score 4-3 to the visitors.

Heaton did his best to stem the flow with outstanding stops to deny Bamford and Connor Shaughnessy. But the Clarets’ club captain was powerless to prevent Bamford wrapping up the points with his late double.

The former Clarets striker converted another cross from Oduor and then, after hitting a post, completed his hat-trick five minutes from time with another close-range finish from Clarke’s delivery to take Leeds into pole position in the title race.

Match Details 

Burnley – Heaton, Cropper, Cook, Glennon, Koiki, Agyei, Howarth (Blair 72), Benson, Bayode, Chakwana, Harker (Subs) – Blair, Trialist, McMahon, Woods, Younger.

Leeds United – Huffer, Gotts, Shaughnessy, Davis, Oduor, Stevens, Baker, Nicell, Harrison, Brown, Bamford (Subs) Halme, McCalmont, Clarke, Rae, Struijk.

Goals – Burnley Chakwana, Agyei, Harker Leeds Bamford 3, Clarke, Baker, Brown

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Burnley & Rangers Compete Kilmarnock Winger

Clarets Interested In Kilmarnock Winger Jordan Jones 

Glasgow Rangers will have to compete with English Premier League side Burnley in order to land Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones, according to reports by TEAMtalk.

Jones has long been a target of Rangers having a bid rejected by Killie for the player in the last January transfer window.  However Steven Gerrard and his recruitment team remain interested in signing the Northern Ireland international, but now face strong competition from Burnley who will be ready to move for him next month rather than wait until the end of the season.

Given the resources Burnley have available it could be a real problem for Rangers, Jones is rated at £675,000 but his current deal expires at the end of the season. His output this term isn’t as strong as last season’s haul of four goals and ten assists, but he has provided Killie with four assists in his last nine league matches, helping them challenge towards the top of the Scottish Premiership table.

Now winning caps for his country, a budget move for the winger certainly appears to make sense, especially with other English Premier League clubs interested in bringing him back south of the border.

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Women’s 2019 World Cup Draw

Lionesses Face Scotland In World Cup Opener

Phil Neville’s Lionesses will face Scotland, Argentina and Japan in the 2019 World Cup group stages next summer in France. England and Scotland will meet in their opening game with the Lionesses also facing a re-match of the 2015 semi-final clash with Japan.

England will play their first group match in the south of the country in the Stade de Nice, before a trip to the north coast where they will take on Argentina in the Stade Océane, La Harve before returning to Nice for the final group match against Japan.

09th June – Scotland (Nice)
14th June – Argentina (La Harve)
19th June – Japan (Nice) 

Hosts France open the 2019 World Cup Finals on the 7th June 2019 against South Korea with Les Bleues also facing 1995 winners Norway and African Champions Nigeria. Twice winners Germany will face Spain, China and South Africa.  Australia are again grouped with Brazil whilst they will also face Italy who have not made the competition since 1999 and finally first-time Caribbean qualifiers Jamaica.

Canada will take on the European Champions Netherlands and the Oceania Champions and Cameroon for their second successive finals. Top-ranked USA and Sweden are in the same section, together with Thailand and debutants Chile. The four best third placed teams from the six groups will advance to the knockout stage along with the six group winners and six runners-up.

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Former Clarets Striker Promoting CALM Charity

Marvin Sordell Promoting Mental Health Charity

Former Clarets striker and current Burton Albion forward Marvin Sordell is joining forces with Shrewsbury Town defender Omar Beckles to help raise awareness of mental health issues and how to deal with them ahead of tomorrow’s game between Burton Albion and Shrewsbury Town.

Marvin is an ambassador for the charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) which is a registered charity based in England. It was launched in March 2006 as a campaign aimed at bringing the suicide rate down among men. To help support the initiative, both sets of players will wear CALM t-shirts in the pre-match warm-up.

There will be coasters to go in bar areas and wristbands will be available in the Club Shop ahead of the game for a minimum donation of £1 – all proceeds will be split between the Hub 365 Foundation and CALM. Marvin Sordell said, “As an Ambassador for CALM I am delighted to work with Omar and to able to raise awareness to a cause that is close to both of our hearts.  CALM, Campaign Against Living Miserably is leading a movement against suicide the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

As well as providing a free anonymous and confidential helpline and webchat which are open every day, 5pm-midnight, CALM works with the whole of society to change a culture that can often prevent men from seeking support when they need it. Find out more at

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Tony Philliskirk Returns to Club As U18’s Manager

Burnley Football Club is delighted to confirm that former striker Tony Philliskirk as the club’s new head coach of the Burnley U18’s side. The former Claret, who has spent the past twenty years working as a coach for Oldham Athletic takes over the role recently vacated by Danny Cadamarteri.  Philliskirk admitted he was delighted and privileged to be back at Turf Moor where he made 45 appearances in the mid-1990’s.

After being welcomed back to the club by Head of Academy Jon Pepper, Philliskirk said, “As a former player here, I have an affinity to the club and from bringing youth teams here over the years I’ve seen the club and its facilities develop. The training ground is amazing and a far cry from the days when I was a player.

It’s been an amazing transformation for the whole club and I just feel absolutely privileged to be here. I came in during the week to meet the staff and officially started today. I’ve had my first meeting with the players and told them how much I am looking forward to working with them and helping them develop. Hopefully I can use the experience and knowledge gained over 30-plus years in football to try and impart that onto the players and improve them.”

Sheffield-born Philliskirk enjoyed a varied playing career with a dozen clubs, including an injury-hit spell at Burnley under Jimmy Mullen between 1994-1995, where the highlight was a hat-trick against Barnet. After hanging up his boots in 1998 and qualifying as a referee, he accepted a youth coaching role at Oldham, and later worked as assistant manager and twice as manager in a caretaker capacity.

Philliskirk plans to take a back seat in the opening week of his new role at Burnley, while interim manager John Townson and Pepper take the team for Saturday’s league game at Hull and Tuesday’s FA Youth Cup game at Turf Moor against Oxford United.

He explained: “With the game tomorrow and the FA Youth Cup game coming up, I feel it’s right to shadow John at Hull, and on Tuesday. The timing is quite good in respect that I can shadow and then start leading sessions towards the back end of next week ahead of the Christmas break, then I can start in earnest in the new year.

I’ve spoken to Jon at length and I’ve had a copy of the Academy Performance Plan and I am here to implement that and continue the good work already being done. It’s not about me coming in and trying to change that, but I hope my experience of youth development can complement that. I will bring my personality to the team, but all along the line it’s following the ethos of what is already in place.”

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