Fletcher: Flood was key to Clarets' promotion

PAUL Fletcher has insisted Burnley would not have reached the Premier League without Brendan Flood – and says the Clarets need to replace the outgoing director with a similarly ambitious investor.

Burnley yesterday announced that Flood has decided to step down as a director for ‘personal reasons’, after more than six years on the club’s board.

Flood remains a significant shareholder but admitted that the settlement of a legal row with the Anglo-Irish Bank had ‘taken a lot out of me both financially and emotionally’.

Working with then chairman Barry Kilby, Flood was Burnley’s operational director and major investor as they reached the Premier League in 2009.

Owen Coyle, Flood’s choice as manager 18 months earlier, guided the Clarets to promotion via the play-offs at Wembley.

And Fletcher, who alongside Flood for three years in a role as chief executive at Turf Moor, thinks his former colleague’s ambition was the decisive factor in Burnley’s rise to the top flight.

“It was a very steady safe club under Barry Kilby but I don’t think they would have got into the Premier League without Brendan Flood,” said Fletcher, who was persuaded to join the club’s board by Flood.

“They needed to take a calculated gamble, which is what Brendan took.

“He had a lot of ambition and not everyone has it.

“Without being critical, some people are happy with just safety and keeping the status quo but Brendan wanted more than that.

“Not everyone went with him at times but he wanted to take the club into the Premier League and keep them there for a number of years.

“He recognised what Owen Coyle could do for the club and explained to him that we were an ambitious club, which for 18 months we were.

“Unfortunately we weren’t able to stay in the Premier League, but I don’t think Burnley would have got there without Brendan.”

Flood invested new funds into the club and Fletcher believes that the Clarets need to replace that investment and ambition – ideally from a lifelong Burnley fan, like the outgoing director.

Burnley’s board now numbers four, with joint chairmen Mike Garlick and John Banaszkiewicz aided by Kilby and fellow director Clive Holt.

“Brendan made some big investments into the club and it was unfortunate that while that was going on he was going through some difficult times,” Fletcher said.

“It was the time of the recession and I think he would continued to invest if it hadn’t been for the downturn of his business.

“But he was extremely ambitious and you do need people like that.

“I get on well with Mike Garlick and John Banaszkiewicz, and the mantle passes to them now.

“Maybe the board needs some new people like Brendan.”

Aside from an official statement, the Clarets were making no further official comment yesterday, with Kilby unavailable.

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11:00am Wed 23 Jan 13

claret style says...

Thanks to Brendan,s input we achieved The Dream.without it don't think we would have, was a big gamble to take . Thank you and good luck for your future.
Thanks to Brendan,s input we achieved The Dream.without it don't think we would have, was a big gamble to take . Thank you and good luck for your future. claret style

12:38pm Wed 23 Jan 13

TodClaret says...

Cheers Brendan, I started watching the Clarets when we were in the 4th division and both you and Barry worked wonders since then. I was resigned to the fact that I would never see us in the top flight. Let's hope the new chairmen have the same level of ambition. Thanks for all your help and best of luck with your future endeavours. UTC!
Cheers Brendan, I started watching the Clarets when we were in the 4th division and both you and Barry worked wonders since then. I was resigned to the fact that I would never see us in the top flight. Let's hope the new chairmen have the same level of ambition. Thanks for all your help and best of luck with your future endeavours. UTC! TodClaret

7:43pm Wed 23 Jan 13

anon starter says...

These comments read like an obituary to The dingles forlorn hope of a return to the top flight and rightly so. Doubtless Chris P Vacant will think otherwise but let's face it the forward thinking Mr Flood's exit spells the death knell for the multi fingered brigade
These comments read like an obituary to The dingles forlorn hope of a return to the top flight and rightly so. Doubtless Chris P Vacant will think otherwise but let's face it the forward thinking Mr Flood's exit spells the death knell for the multi fingered brigade anon starter

9:01pm Wed 23 Jan 13

claret style says...

anon starter wrote:
These comments read like an obituary to The dingles forlorn hope of a return to the top flight and rightly so. Doubtless Chris P Vacant will think otherwise but let's face it the forward thinking Mr Flood's exit spells the death knell for the multi fingered brigade
MUPPET ALERT
[quote][p][bold]anon starter[/bold] wrote: These comments read like an obituary to The dingles forlorn hope of a return to the top flight and rightly so. Doubtless Chris P Vacant will think otherwise but let's face it the forward thinking Mr Flood's exit spells the death knell for the multi fingered brigade[/p][/quote]MUPPET ALERT claret style

9:03pm Wed 23 Jan 13

anon starter says...

Very cogent response - well done hairy neck!!
Very cogent response - well done hairy neck!! anon starter

9:11pm Wed 23 Jan 13

claret style says...

anon starter wrote:
Very cogent response - well done hairy neck!!
No problem Kermit
[quote][p][bold]anon starter[/bold] wrote: Very cogent response - well done hairy neck!![/p][/quote]No problem Kermit claret style

9:14pm Wed 23 Jan 13

anon starter says...

An impressive knowledge of a jim Henson masterpiece. Mind you watching the entire cast each week at turd moor must help.
A sincere well done!
An impressive knowledge of a jim Henson masterpiece. Mind you watching the entire cast each week at turd moor must help. A sincere well done! anon starter

9:40pm Wed 23 Jan 13

MightyClaret says...

anon starter wrote:
An impressive knowledge of a jim Henson masterpiece. Mind you watching the entire cast each week at turd moor must help.
A sincere well done!
Look up you silly tw3t
[quote][p][bold]anon starter[/bold] wrote: An impressive knowledge of a jim Henson masterpiece. Mind you watching the entire cast each week at turd moor must help. A sincere well done![/p][/quote]Look up you silly tw3t MightyClaret

9:46pm Wed 23 Jan 13

anon starter says...

And now the perils of a limited vocab begin to show themselves in all their glory - need David Attenborough here - he's far more qualified than me to describe the behavioural traits of chimpanzees. Where.s Chris P Vacuous?
And now the perils of a limited vocab begin to show themselves in all their glory - need David Attenborough here - he's far more qualified than me to describe the behavioural traits of chimpanzees. Where.s Chris P Vacuous? anon starter

9:55pm Wed 23 Jan 13

claret style says...

anon starter wrote:
And now the perils of a limited vocab begin to show themselves in all their glory - need David Attenborough here - he's far more qualified than me to describe the behavioural traits of chimpanzees. Where.s Chris P Vacuous?
Are you 8 ball in disguise ?
[quote][p][bold]anon starter[/bold] wrote: And now the perils of a limited vocab begin to show themselves in all their glory - need David Attenborough here - he's far more qualified than me to describe the behavioural traits of chimpanzees. Where.s Chris P Vacuous?[/p][/quote]Are you 8 ball in disguise ? claret style

10:01pm Wed 23 Jan 13

anon starter says...

It's like all the natives are coming out to see the intrepid explorer visiting their village. Do not fear I come in peace and filled with pity at your lives in your little huts, living hand to mouth and watching garbage on the local tundra.
It's like all the natives are coming out to see the intrepid explorer visiting their village. Do not fear I come in peace and filled with pity at your lives in your little huts, living hand to mouth and watching garbage on the local tundra. anon starter

10:45pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Chris P Bacon says...

claret style wrote:
anon starter wrote:
And now the perils of a limited vocab begin to show themselves in all their glory - need David Attenborough here - he's far more qualified than me to describe the behavioural traits of chimpanzees. Where.s Chris P Vacuous?
Are you 8 ball in disguise ?
Yes, it is. It's so tragic as to have become pitiable rather than funny now.
[quote][p][bold]claret style[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]anon starter[/bold] wrote: And now the perils of a limited vocab begin to show themselves in all their glory - need David Attenborough here - he's far more qualified than me to describe the behavioural traits of chimpanzees. Where.s Chris P Vacuous?[/p][/quote]Are you 8 ball in disguise ?[/p][/quote]Yes, it is. It's so tragic as to have become pitiable rather than funny now. Chris P Bacon

12:16am Thu 24 Jan 13

Jarrod Schulz Bearded Wonder says...

Are you lot taking your trophy cabinet onto Antiques roadshow. Apparently they will be having a civic reception and then opening it for the first time in 53 years live on air. They believe there is a time capsule inside containing a wish list from none other than the prince of wales. Charles wrote when he grows up he wants to play polo for England, become king and marry a horse like a proper dingle. So only one wish left to fulfill then Charlie
Are you lot taking your trophy cabinet onto Antiques roadshow. Apparently they will be having a civic reception and then opening it for the first time in 53 years live on air. They believe there is a time capsule inside containing a wish list from none other than the prince of wales. Charles wrote when he grows up he wants to play polo for England, become king and marry a horse like a proper dingle. So only one wish left to fulfill then Charlie Jarrod Schulz Bearded Wonder

8:52am Thu 24 Jan 13

claret style says...

Jarrod Schulz Bearded Wonder wrote:
Are you lot taking your trophy cabinet onto Antiques roadshow. Apparently they will be having a civic reception and then opening it for the first time in 53 years live on air. They believe there is a time capsule inside containing a wish list from none other than the prince of wales. Charles wrote when he grows up he wants to play polo for England, become king and marry a horse like a proper dingle. So only one wish left to fulfill then Charlie
Yawn
[quote][p][bold]Jarrod Schulz Bearded Wonder[/bold] wrote: Are you lot taking your trophy cabinet onto Antiques roadshow. Apparently they will be having a civic reception and then opening it for the first time in 53 years live on air. They believe there is a time capsule inside containing a wish list from none other than the prince of wales. Charles wrote when he grows up he wants to play polo for England, become king and marry a horse like a proper dingle. So only one wish left to fulfill then Charlie[/p][/quote]Yawn claret style

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