Pay cut for Burnley stars

BURNLEY’S out-of-contract stars will have to swallow a substantial pay cut if they want to stay at Turf Moor.

Out of the nine players whose deals expire in the summer, the Clarets are understood to have held early talks with Lee Grant, Chris McCann (pictured below), Martin Paterson, Dean Marney and Kevin Long.

Winger Ross Wallace has also previously spoken of his eagerness to agree new terms.

But anyone who manager Sean Dyche wishes to keep for next season would be expected to take a financial hit – possibly as much as 40 per cent – as the club continues to strive to drive down the wage bill.

In the 21 months that Eddie Howe was manager of Burnley, player salaries were slashed by around £5m.

On taking over from Brian Laws in January 2011, the former defender inherited a wage bill of £11.7m. By the end of the last financial year (July 2012) Howe had whittled that down to £7.4m.

That total had dropped further still, to just over £6.5m, by the start of this season.

The Clarets posted a profit of £3.16million for the last financial year, but a second consecutive £4m-plus loss was only avoided by the £7m record summer sale of Jay Rodriguez to Southampton.

With the club set to receive its final Premier League parachute payment this summer, the focus remains on making cutbacks, unless they can find a route back to the top flight.

Speaking at the club’s Annual General Meeting in December, re-elected director Clive Holt said: “The next few years are going to be very challenging with the Financial Fair Play rules starting to bite, but I am sure we will have plans and ways of doing it. “In some ways it will work against us, but then in other ways itwill be good because we will have to work within our means and punch above our weight.

“We have paid good wages, and players will have to have realistic expectations.

“It’s a difficult path for the joint chairmen to guide us through.”

Unless new deals can be agreed, first team regulars Grant, McCann, Wallace, Marney, Paterson and Michael Duff would all be allowed to leave on a free transfer in the summer.

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9:34am Thu 10 Jan 13

1stevebfc says...

Its never good to hear of wage cuts what ever job you do , let alone a footballer when money really does do the talking . In my opinion money should not be the reason for leaving as footballers on so much money doing a job they love and born to do . In the current batch of out of contact players I would not want any to leave and most have spoken of wanting to stay. So sort out the contracts lads get em signed so you can get on with the push . We have a good group at turf just now well jelled and know each other inside n out even Dane Richards fit in well in his first part as a claret . Long may we keep our turf team together #UpTheClarets
Its never good to hear of wage cuts what ever job you do , let alone a footballer when money really does do the talking . In my opinion money should not be the reason for leaving as footballers on so much money doing a job they love and born to do . In the current batch of out of contact players I would not want any to leave and most have spoken of wanting to stay. So sort out the contracts lads get em signed so you can get on with the push . We have a good group at turf just now well jelled and know each other inside n out even Dane Richards fit in well in his first part as a claret . Long may we keep our turf team together #UpTheClarets 1stevebfc

12:07pm Thu 10 Jan 13

burnleyglentoran says...

BURNLEY FC -

Well run, financially stable, respected throughout the footballing world.

Long may it continue.
BURNLEY FC - Well run, financially stable, respected throughout the footballing world. Long may it continue. burnleyglentoran

2:29pm Thu 10 Jan 13

8 Ball Deluxe says...

Entire squad, gone in Jan
Entire squad, gone in Jan 8 Ball Deluxe

3:10pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Blackburn fans love horses says...

Where the hell did you get those wildly inaccurate figures from?

BFC wage bill for 2011/12 was £16.9 million, not £7.4 million.

As a journalist covering the club please try and at least get the figures correct.
Where the hell did you get those wildly inaccurate figures from? BFC wage bill for 2011/12 was £16.9 million, not £7.4 million. As a journalist covering the club please try and at least get the figures correct. Blackburn fans love horses

3:49pm Thu 10 Jan 13

8 Ball Deluxe says...

Blackburn fans love horses wrote:
Where the hell did you get those wildly inaccurate figures from?

BFC wage bill for 2011/12 was £16.9 million, not £7.4 million.

As a journalist covering the club please try and at least get the figures correct.
Okay you are correct, Initially it was only C Austin who was leaving, now there is half a dozen, there you go, that would be a more accurate statement. No need to thank me :0)
[quote][p][bold]Blackburn fans love horses[/bold] wrote: Where the hell did you get those wildly inaccurate figures from? BFC wage bill for 2011/12 was £16.9 million, not £7.4 million. As a journalist covering the club please try and at least get the figures correct.[/p][/quote]Okay you are correct, Initially it was only C Austin who was leaving, now there is half a dozen, there you go, that would be a more accurate statement. No need to thank me :0) 8 Ball Deluxe

4:29pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Fan@clared says...

8 Ball Deluxe wrote:
Blackburn fans love horses wrote:
Where the hell did you get those wildly inaccurate figures from?

BFC wage bill for 2011/12 was £16.9 million, not £7.4 million.

As a journalist covering the club please try and at least get the figures correct.
Okay you are correct, Initially it was only C Austin who was leaving, now there is half a dozen, there you go, that would be a more accurate statement. No need to thank me :0)
You can't resisit a comment on Burnley can you? You can still get a season ticket you know. Seems to me you are dying to.
[quote][p][bold]8 Ball Deluxe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blackburn fans love horses[/bold] wrote: Where the hell did you get those wildly inaccurate figures from? BFC wage bill for 2011/12 was £16.9 million, not £7.4 million. As a journalist covering the club please try and at least get the figures correct.[/p][/quote]Okay you are correct, Initially it was only C Austin who was leaving, now there is half a dozen, there you go, that would be a more accurate statement. No need to thank me :0)[/p][/quote]You can't resisit a comment on Burnley can you? You can still get a season ticket you know. Seems to me you are dying to. Fan@clared

8:23pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Midland Claret says...

figures are inaccurate unless the club spent 9.5 million on other staff costs.
figures are inaccurate unless the club spent 9.5 million on other staff costs. Midland Claret

8:48pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Howe2win says...

Not the best news BUT yet another sign that we are a forward thinking club that will be fit for the long term and not get caught out by huge financial burdens. Mark my words, Rovers are in deep trouble if they fail to get promoted this year or next! UTC
Not the best news BUT yet another sign that we are a forward thinking club that will be fit for the long term and not get caught out by huge financial burdens. Mark my words, Rovers are in deep trouble if they fail to get promoted this year or next! UTC Howe2win

9:19pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Harwoodstblue says...

burnleyglentoran wrote:
BURNLEY FC -

Well run, financially stable, respected throughout the footballing world.

Long may it continue.
The footballing world extends only as far as Colne for you lot.

34th.
[quote][p][bold]burnleyglentoran[/bold] wrote: BURNLEY FC - Well run, financially stable, respected throughout the footballing world. Long may it continue.[/p][/quote]The footballing world extends only as far as Colne for you lot. 34th. Harwoodstblue

9:19pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Harwoodstblue says...

burnleyglentoran wrote:
BURNLEY FC -

Well run, financially stable, respected throughout the footballing world.

Long may it continue.
The footballing world extends only as far as Colne for you lot.

34th.
[quote][p][bold]burnleyglentoran[/bold] wrote: BURNLEY FC - Well run, financially stable, respected throughout the footballing world. Long may it continue.[/p][/quote]The footballing world extends only as far as Colne for you lot. 34th. Harwoodstblue

11:07pm Thu 10 Jan 13

i8dingles says...

I love my sister and mother, they look the same
I love my sister and mother, they look the same i8dingles

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