Bognor Regis Boss Say's VAR A Shambles

Former Clarets Striker Robbie Blake Describes VAR As Shambles

Bognor Regis Football Club manager and former Clarets striker Robbie Blake was last weekend asked for his thoughs on VAR as a former Premier League striker with both Burnley & Bradford City. The Isthmian Premier League boss summed it up in just one word a “SHAMBLES”.

VAR was introduced at the start of the season to put right “clear and obvious mistakes” it has arguably become ever more nit-picky and causing even more issue than the one it was brought into correct. This has led to a large number of supporters claiming it’s destroying the authenticity of football.

Friday night’s Premier League game between Sheffield United and West Ham ended with Robert Snodgrass seemingly grabbing a late equaliser for the Hammers after the Blades had led 1-0. But VAR disallowed the goal after the ball appeared to strike the arm of Declan Rice in the build-up to the goal, albeit accidentally.

The away end at Bramall Lane erupted when Snodgrass’s shot hit the back of the net, but that emotion was cruelly swiped away from them when the on-pitch referee made the dreaded VAR signal and pointed for a free-kick. Blake feels this short-lived happiness is one of VAR’s worst side effects.

Speaking on Rocks Radio, Robbie Blake said, “Yes, granted it’ll get some decisions right, but you haven’t got a referee actually refereeing a game anymore, you’ve just got them in a studio sometimes 200-odd miles away from the game. It’s just not good for football all it’s done is take the emotion from the game.

The people who are suffering are the supporters and the players, so how can that be fundamentally good for football, I have actually stopped watching the Premier League now it’s embarrassing. I’d probably say around 85% of the referees, when asked, would say they don’t like it. The Premier League have got to take a real good look at themselves.”

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Grimsby Town Sign Second Claret On Loan

Clarets Midfielder Josh Benson Joins Grimsby Town On Loan

Grimsby Town Football Club have this afternoon confirmed the signing of Clarets midfielder Josh Benson on loan from until the end of the season. Benson is a stront tackling midfielder becomes the second recruit from Burnley to join The Mariners following team mate Anthony Glennon who signed on loan last week.

Benson began his footballing career at Arsenal Football Club where he had been part of the club’s Academy system from U9’s level. After completing his scholarship at the Gunners, he then made the move to Turf Moor signing a deal with the Clarets in July 2018.

A stand out player for the club’s Under 23’s during the 2018/19 campaign, Benson was rewarded with a first-team squad call up, for the Premier League clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford in January 2019. Benson will join up with his new manager and team mates tomorrow and will be eligible for selection for Saturday’s visit of Exeter City for Ian Holloway’s first home game in charge of The Mariners. 

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Clarets Trial Manchester City Youngster

Henri Ogunby Joins Clarets In U23 Professional Development League Trial

Burnley Football Club are currently running the rule over Manchester City youngster Henri Ogunby with the winger featuring for the Clarets U23’s in Monday’s Professional Development League win over Sheffield United Football Club.

The Bolton-born teenager played the full ninety minutes as a trialist as Clarets won the game 2-0. Ogunby, featured for Manchester City U21’s in the Football League Trophy defeat to Bolton Wanderers this season playing seventy-three minutes of the 2-1 defeat.

The youngster, who turns nineteen this month still has eighteen months remaining on his contract at the Etihad Stadium. Having joined City in 2013, he has mainly featured on the right hand side of midfield or as a wide attacker during his Academy career to date and has featured once for the club’s U23 side in Premier League Two this term.

Speaking about Henri Ogunby’s performance, Clarets U23 manager Andy Farrell felt the trialist acquitted himself well, “Henri has come in and I don’t think he has played as much as ours so he needs a bit of game time. He probably looked a little bit laboured at times in the second half but it is not through the lack of trying. He knows where he wants to be but it is just a little bit of tiredness but he showed some really good touches.”

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Clarets Talking to Bristol City About Midfielder

Burnley Bid £7M For Bristol City Midfielder Josh Brownhill

Burnley Football Club have held talks over a £7million deal for Bristol City midfielder Josh Brownhill, who has impressed in the Sky Bet Championship this season for Bristol City as they chase promotion to the Premier League. They currently sit just one point behind the play-off places.

The Englishman has been a mainstay in the heart of midfield for the Robins so far this campaign, scoring five goals and producing two assists in twenty-six matches.  

Manager Sean Dyche also had an interest in Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher who has been on loan at Charlton. He is likely to be recalled and sent out on another loan with both West Bromwich Albion, Swansea City and Norwich City keen on the midfielder.

Gallagher, has netted six times and created three assists in twenty-five Championship matches this term.  Sean Dyche is desperate to bolster his options in midfield following three straight defeats in the Premier League, leaving the Clarets in danger of dropping into the relegation zone.

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Former Bantam Joins The Mariners

Billy Clarke Joins Grimsby Town Until End Of Season

Grimsby Town Football Club have confirmed they have signed striker Billy Clarke until the end of the season. the former Republic of Ireland International joins the club after being released by fellow Sky Bet League Two side Plymouth Argyle.

Clarke began his career at Ipswich Town coming through the academy system before signing a professional contract with the club in 2005. After a four year stay at Portman Road, Clarke joined Blackpool and Ian Holloway helping the club win promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs. Before the following season had began, Clarke suffered a significant knee injury which kept him out of the entire campaign. 

After a three year spell with the Seasiders, Clarke made the move to Crawley Town where he went on to make ninety-two appearances, scoring twenty-four goals in the process, securing the club’s Player of the Year award for the 2012/13 season. He then made the move to Sky Bet League One side Bradford City where he linked up with fellow Grimsby Town striker James Hanson.

After an eighteen month spell at Charlton Athletic from the summer of 2017, Clarke returned to Bradford City and in total across two spells at the club he made a total of One Hundred and Thirty-six appearances, scoring twenty-six goals before making the move down to Plymouth in the summer of 2019. 

Speaking about signing Billy Clarke manager Ian Holloway said, “I’ve had him before, he was one of the younger ones who was totally frustrated with me and the situation because he was desperate to play. He was a massive part of what we did at Blackpool and his enthusiasm is excellent, he will have to prove himself to me again but it’s his personality that I am bringing to the club. I want us to believe, I want us to be fresh, I want hungry, hungry people who need to run, not want to run it’s a big difference”. 

Billy Clarke and Anthony Glennon who joined on loan from Premier League side Burnley at the start of the week will both now be eligible for selection for Saturday’s trip to Leyton Orient, in which over 1,200 Mariners are expected to travel.

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Clarets Chasing Scottish International

Clarets Interested In signing Scott McKenna From Aberdeen

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Burnley are one of a number of clubs interested in Aberdeen centre back Scott McKenna, who asked to leave Pittodrie at the end of last season. As well as the Clarets he is also attracting interest from Aston Villa, Stoke City, Nottingham Forest and QPR in the summer, but Aberdeen were reluctant to let him leave and wanted around £6Million for the Scotland International.

Burnley have long monitored his progress and he also retains admirers in the Championship, with ambitious Bristol City, Blackburn Rovers and Huddersfield Town also keen but may struggle to match Aberdeen’s valuation for Scott McKenna who is under contract until 2023.

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Clarets Defender Joins Grimsby Town On Loan

Anthony Glennon Clarets U23 Captain Joins Grimsby Town On Loan

Burnley Football Club have this afternoon confirmed that defender Anthony Glennon (U23 Captain) has joined Grimsby Town on loan until the end of the season, making him Ian Holloway’s first signing at the club.

Primarily an attacking left full-back, he joined the Clarets in June 2018 after being let go by Liverpool Football Club, having progressed through the academy system from the age of six. Following his release from anfield he impressed on trial at Turf Moor before putting pen-to-paper on a new contract with Burnley, recently extending his deal by an additional two years taking his contract until the summer of 2021.

Following a string of impressive performances in the 2018/19 season as captain, he was selected for the first team squad for Burnley’s home game vs. Manchester City in April 2019. Glennon also travelled to Stamford Bridge with the squad for their 2-2 draw at Chelsea, however he was not selected for the final matchday squad of eighteen.

Speaking about the loan move to Grimsby Town Anthony Glennon said, “I finished training at Burnley yesterday and received a phone call from Ian Holloway in which he said he wanted me to join on loan and train today, so it was short notice but I travelled to Grimsby last night. I need the experience, it’s men’s football and it’s the next step in my career.” Glennon, is now eligible for The Mariners Sky Bet League fixture away at Leyton Orient this weekend were he will be hoping to make his debut.

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