Sean Dyche Expresses Frustration to Chairman Mike Garlick
Burnley manager Sean Dyche is unhappy with the club over their reluctance to extend the contracts of several senior players whose deals expire this month. Five players are out of contract at Turf Moor on the 30th June, including Phil Bardsley and Jeff Hendrick, but the club have so far only offered them one-month extensions to enable them to play until the planned completion date of the Premier League on the 26th July.
Dyche is understood to have expressed his frustration to chairman Mike Garlick and urged the club to reconsider. Neither defender Bardsley nor midfielder Hendrick have yet signed the amended contracts, although they have been training with the squad. In addition to Bardsley and Hendrick, Joe Hart, Aaron Lennon and back-up goalkeeper Adam Legzdins are also out of contract this month.
The Clarets approach to contract negotiations has been a source of frustration for the technical staff for sometime. A one year extension given to Ashley Westwood & Robbie Brady this year are the only new contracts the club has agreed. Dyche is thought to be particularly concerned about losing Bardsley, despite turning 35 later this month, the former Manchester United full-back is still seen as an important player by the manager.
With the transfer market expected to contract this summer due to the impact of the pandemic, such experienced players available on free transfers are likely to be in demand when the window opens, and the fear of jeopardising a move by getting injured could lead some of them to reject short-term extensions. Top-flight clubs have until June 23 to agree extensions with out-of-contract players following a rule change by the Premier League last month. After that date, free agents can sign to play for other clubs next season.
There are 71 Premier League players out of contract this summer which is likely to lead to tense negotiations over the next few weeks, with players seeking longer deals or bonuses to offset the potential loss of opportunities. Burnley are committed to finishing this season, despite the complication of having a number of players out of contract.