Keeping squad together will be key to play-off aim says McCann

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

CHRIS McCann believes getting through the transfer window with the squad intact will be the key to keeping Burnley’s play-off dream alive.

After climbing to the top of the chasing pack with three league wins on the spin at the start of the calendar year, the gap widened by one point to five after the 10-man Clarets suffered a 2-1 home defeat to Birmingham on Saturday.

Burnley felt they were served an injustice, and have since lodged an appeal against Dean Marney’s second half dismissal for a challenge with Paul Robinson.

If successful, they will avoid a three-match ban for the midfielder.

But in the long-term, McCann says it is vital for the club to get through Thursday’s transfer deadline unscathed.

“I think it’s important to keep everyone together if we’re going to have a crack at the play-offs,” said the long-serving midfielder.

“There’s no point in getting this far and starting to lose some players that are key to the team.

“There are a lot of players who are out of contract who play every week. It would be a blow to lose somebody.

“It’s vital to keep them if we’re going to have a push for the play-offs.”

McCann, who helped the club win promotion via the play-offs in 2008/09, added: “There’s expectation at the club and we’ve got to live up to it.

“There’s always going to be pressure when you play and we want to do as best we can. We want to be in the top six come May.

“I think it’s just part and parcel of the game, there’s pressure every single week when you get out onto that pitch and we’ve got to handle it, and I’m sure we're capable of doing that.”

And the Dubliner sees it as a good sign that there has been little transfer talk of substance involving the current Clarets.

“It’s been pretty quiet about the club, everyone goes about their day to day business,” said McCann.

“From what I’ve seen of the transfer window so far I don’t think there’s too much business to be done. Everyone comes in every day and works as hard as possible because we have a job to do and our focus is on the job here – we don’t pay too much attention to what goes on around us.

“That’s for the board to decide.”

Contracts are another matter in the board’s hands.

McCann is one of nine senior players – including seven first team squad regulars – whose current deals expire this summer.

The club has entered into early negotiations in the hope of avoiding wholesale changes for next season.

“I’ve been happy here all my career. People have speculated before about what I’m going to do,” said the Dubliner, who has been with the Clarets since he was 16.

“I’m a Burnley player and I’m happy to wear that shirt every week, keep playing football and playing with a smile on my face again.”

Of his own contract situation, he added: “My agent’s handling that. I think he’s in negotiations with the club.

“That’s out of my hands, I let them deal with all the stuff.

“I had a year of that when I was coming back from injury and I don’t want to do that again, so I leave that to the people who know what they’re doing."

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11:00am Tue 29 Jan 13

Blackburn fans love horses says...

So in other words Chris, your agent is touting your name around to all and sundry to engineer a move away, and you have the cheek to call for "keeping everyone together"?
So in other words Chris, your agent is touting your name around to all and sundry to engineer a move away, and you have the cheek to call for "keeping everyone together"? Blackburn fans love horses
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12:16pm Tue 29 Jan 13

TodClaret says...

Blackburn fans love horses wrote:
So in other words Chris, your agent is touting your name around to all and sundry to engineer a move away, and you have the cheek to call for "keeping everyone together"?
Certainly looks like it. He's been a good servant to be fair and the club stuck by him when he got injured. He's not the same player now though and with Stock, Marvin and Marney as cover, we could afford to lose him
[quote][p][bold]Blackburn fans love horses[/bold] wrote: So in other words Chris, your agent is touting your name around to all and sundry to engineer a move away, and you have the cheek to call for "keeping everyone together"?[/p][/quote]Certainly looks like it. He's been a good servant to be fair and the club stuck by him when he got injured. He's not the same player now though and with Stock, Marvin and Marney as cover, we could afford to lose him TodClaret
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12:23pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Blackburn fans love horses says...

I agree 100% Todclaret - he is a shadow of the player of 2009 that dominated matches and scored goals for fun.

Plus he is also the highest earner at the club (So i have heard), so for an average 6 out of 10 midfielder he can go for me. I would be more disappointed in Dean Marney leaving to be honest, we need to purchase a genuine box to box midfielder that contributes with assists and goals (Oh and one who doesn't pull out of tackles would be nice).
I agree 100% Todclaret - he is a shadow of the player of 2009 that dominated matches and scored goals for fun. Plus he is also the highest earner at the club (So i have heard), so for an average 6 out of 10 midfielder he can go for me. I would be more disappointed in Dean Marney leaving to be honest, we need to purchase a genuine box to box midfielder that contributes with assists and goals (Oh and one who doesn't pull out of tackles would be nice). Blackburn fans love horses
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1:35pm Tue 29 Jan 13

crankitup says...

Dare to dream.....PMSL...YTC
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Dare to dream.....PMSL...YTC 's crankitup
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1:51pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Blackburn fans love horses says...

crankitup wrote:
Dare to dream.....PMSL...YTC

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And what are you horse-botherers dreaming about nowadays?

Not going bust?

Wow, how impressive.

PMSL
[quote][p][bold]crankitup[/bold] wrote: Dare to dream.....PMSL...YTC 's[/p][/quote]And what are you horse-botherers dreaming about nowadays? Not going bust? Wow, how impressive. PMSL Blackburn fans love horses
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7:43pm Tue 29 Jan 13

crankitup says...

Blackburn fans love horses wrote:
crankitup wrote:
Dare to dream.....PMSL...YTC


's
And what are you horse-botherers dreaming about nowadays?

Not going bust?

Wow, how impressive.

PMSL
ha, ha, ha...deluded dingles.....how many times do you need reminding that it was a perverted dingle that found a horse attractive....TC's..
...thats ironic....a dingle found a horse attractive and have donkeys playing for them....ROTFL....DAR
E TO DREAM BOYS...lol
[quote][p][bold]Blackburn fans love horses[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]crankitup[/bold] wrote: Dare to dream.....PMSL...YTC 's[/p][/quote]And what are you horse-botherers dreaming about nowadays? Not going bust? Wow, how impressive. PMSL[/p][/quote]ha, ha, ha...deluded dingles.....how many times do you need reminding that it was a perverted dingle that found a horse attractive....TC's.. ...thats ironic....a dingle found a horse attractive and have donkeys playing for them....ROTFL....DAR E TO DREAM BOYS...lol crankitup
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7:57pm Tue 29 Jan 13

anon starter says...

Don't worry Chris no-one in their right mind will be buying any of you lot after last weekend believe me!
Don't worry Chris no-one in their right mind will be buying any of you lot after last weekend believe me! anon starter
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8:28pm Tue 29 Jan 13

claret style says...

anon starter wrote:
Don't worry Chris no-one in their right mind will be buying any of you lot after last weekend believe me!
Anon goer - stay at home fan . Is your chair armchair blue.
[quote][p][bold]anon starter[/bold] wrote: Don't worry Chris no-one in their right mind will be buying any of you lot after last weekend believe me![/p][/quote]Anon goer - stay at home fan . Is your chair armchair blue. claret style
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8:35pm Tue 29 Jan 13

anon starter says...

How do you work that out dingle. Season ticket holder for more years than you have fingers ( at least 13) and go home and sometimes away. Claret style? Really!!
How do you work that out dingle. Season ticket holder for more years than you have fingers ( at least 13) and go home and sometimes away. Claret style? Really!! anon starter
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9:55am Wed 30 Jan 13

Blackburn fans love horses says...

anon starter wrote:
How do you work that out dingle. Season ticket holder for more years than you have fingers ( at least 13) and go home and sometimes away. Claret style? Really!!
It's easy to be a season ticket holder when an inbred Blackburn season ticket costs you less than a pint of lager though isn't it?

Look at the league table fool.

3 Years.
[quote][p][bold]anon starter[/bold] wrote: How do you work that out dingle. Season ticket holder for more years than you have fingers ( at least 13) and go home and sometimes away. Claret style? Really!![/p][/quote]It's easy to be a season ticket holder when an inbred Blackburn season ticket costs you less than a pint of lager though isn't it? Look at the league table fool. 3 Years. Blackburn fans love horses
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