Kevin Gallacher column: We may need to go down Goodwillie road again

David Goodwillie

David Goodwillie

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BLACKBURN have bitten the bullet with David Goodwillie – and they may have to do the same with two or three other players yet.

Settling a player’s contract costs the club a lot of money.

But sometimes you have to do it to help the club move forward.

In the long term you wipe their weekly wages off the books and in the short term it can help in the dressing room.

As there’s nothing worse when you’ve got players knowing they are not wanted.

When that happens, the milk can turn sour very, very quickly.

As soon as you’re told you’re on the transfer list your head is no longer completely with that football club – and some players will just sit back and take their pay packet.

That’s what a lot of footballers do now because they are a business.

If a player is on £30,000 a week and he gets offered £10,000 a week elsewhere, a lot will just sit on their backsides for a year as they won’t want to jump down £20,000.

Yes they may play more football but they will lose a lot of money.

In the past a footballer would want to play but nowadays it’s not a paid hobby anymore, it’s a lucrative business.

I think it is best that David Goodwillie has gone to try and revive his career elsewhere.

It’s just a shame that Blackburn fans never got the chance to see the best of him.

He came down here with a lot of promise but there were a lot of reasons why he never followed up on it.

There was a big cloud hanging over the football club when he signed, he played in a system to which he just wasn’t suited, and he was also carrying a lot of personal baggage.

It’s hard enough coming down from Scotland to England as it.

But add to that all those other factors and perhaps it’s no surprise that David never made an impact.

He lost an awful lot of confidence and he had a lot of pressure in his young head.

But three years down the line I hope he can pick himself up and start again.

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10:54am Thu 26 Jun 14

In Venkys we Trust says...

Goodwillie cost £2.8million and was paid over £1.8million in wages over his three years with the club, he then left with a £300k+ golden handshake.

Just another reason why this ailing football club is heading for the lower leagues.

Disgraceful.
Goodwillie cost £2.8million and was paid over £1.8million in wages over his three years with the club, he then left with a £300k+ golden handshake. Just another reason why this ailing football club is heading for the lower leagues. Disgraceful. In Venkys we Trust
  • Score: -29

11:36am Thu 26 Jun 14

GAZHAY says...

In Venkys we Trust wrote:
Goodwillie cost £2.8million and was paid over £1.8million in wages over his three years with the club, he then left with a £300k+ golden handshake.

Just another reason why this ailing football club is heading for the lower leagues.

Disgraceful.
Boring!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]In Venkys we Trust[/bold] wrote: Goodwillie cost £2.8million and was paid over £1.8million in wages over his three years with the club, he then left with a £300k+ golden handshake. Just another reason why this ailing football club is heading for the lower leagues. Disgraceful.[/p][/quote]Boring!!!!! GAZHAY
  • Score: 17

12:13pm Thu 26 Jun 14

dallydally says...

Agree in principle Gally but surely its better to wait a while yet and see if some suckers come along and make a purchase? FFP must be the driver ultimately
Agree in principle Gally but surely its better to wait a while yet and see if some suckers come along and make a purchase? FFP must be the driver ultimately dallydally
  • Score: 0

12:24pm Thu 26 Jun 14

earwego says...

Preston winger Chris Humphrey set to join Burnley for £1.1M.
Burnley building a P.L. team. Ha Ha
Preston winger Chris Humphrey set to join Burnley for £1.1M. Burnley building a P.L. team. Ha Ha earwego
  • Score: 9

12:28pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Keen O to Get Kean Out says...

''If a player is on £30,000 a week and he gets offered £10,000 a week elsewhere, a lot will just sit on their backsides for a year as they won’t want to jump down £20,000'' every club has this and venkys need to relalise they are getting shafted from every angle and every player - sell up and buy another chicken farm FFS
''If a player is on £30,000 a week and he gets offered £10,000 a week elsewhere, a lot will just sit on their backsides for a year as they won’t want to jump down £20,000'' every club has this and venkys need to relalise they are getting shafted from every angle and every player - sell up and buy another chicken farm FFS Keen O to Get Kean Out
  • Score: 2

1:07pm Thu 26 Jun 14

owd nick says...

In Venkys we Trust wrote:
Goodwillie cost £2.8million and was paid over £1.8million in wages over his three years with the club, he then left with a £300k+ golden handshake.

Just another reason why this ailing football club is heading for the lower leagues.

Disgraceful.
The simple fact is that you are just guessing, that's all. The only people who know the amounts involved are Blackburn Rovers and Mr Goodwillie's representatives and as they will be bound by confidentiality agreements I doubt very much they would have been on the phone to an idiot troll to give it an exclusive.

Have you never heard of contracts of employment?

It's one of those really weird things that happens in reality, way outside dumb dingle land I presume where they still trade in beans and cow pats.

It works like this; a prospective employer offers a potential employee a financial sum for working for them for a set period of time once accepted and signed both parties are legally bound to honour the contract as outlined in employment law.

Unless the employee has done something wrong, which in this case he hasn't, if the employer, or employee wishes to terminate the contract early there will be clauses that have to be honoured.

That is what Rovers are doing at this moment in time.

In simpler words you might understand; do you remember the three bags of Pig **** and the bucket of beans you traded in for your wife? That was technically a contract, was he worth it?
[quote][p][bold]In Venkys we Trust[/bold] wrote: Goodwillie cost £2.8million and was paid over £1.8million in wages over his three years with the club, he then left with a £300k+ golden handshake. Just another reason why this ailing football club is heading for the lower leagues. Disgraceful.[/p][/quote]The simple fact is that you are just guessing, that's all. The only people who know the amounts involved are Blackburn Rovers and Mr Goodwillie's representatives and as they will be bound by confidentiality agreements I doubt very much they would have been on the phone to an idiot troll to give it an exclusive. Have you never heard of contracts of employment? It's one of those really weird things that happens in reality, way outside dumb dingle land I presume where they still trade in beans and cow pats. It works like this; a prospective employer offers a potential employee a financial sum for working for them for a set period of time once accepted and signed both parties are legally bound to honour the contract as outlined in employment law. Unless the employee has done something wrong, which in this case he hasn't, if the employer, or employee wishes to terminate the contract early there will be clauses that have to be honoured. That is what Rovers are doing at this moment in time. In simpler words you might understand; do you remember the three bags of Pig **** and the bucket of beans you traded in for your wife? That was technically a contract, was he worth it? owd nick
  • Score: 7

1:24pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Chuck Norris' Roundhouse says...

earwego wrote:
Preston winger Chris Humphrey set to join Burnley for £1.1M.
Burnley building a P.L. team. Ha Ha
I am guessing you get all your gossip from the Football Rumours website.

I am genuinely embarrassed for you.
[quote][p][bold]earwego[/bold] wrote: Preston winger Chris Humphrey set to join Burnley for £1.1M. Burnley building a P.L. team. Ha Ha[/p][/quote]I am guessing you get all your gossip from the Football Rumours website. I am genuinely embarrassed for you. Chuck Norris' Roundhouse
  • Score: -6

1:50pm Thu 26 Jun 14

In Venkys we Trust says...

Goodwillie was signed for £2.8million.

He was paid £12,000 per week for 3 years, a total of £1,872,000

He was then released after agreeing settlement terms with his employers who wished to end his contract one year early. Given that he was contracted for another year on £624,000, it's quite feasible to assume that he was offered the standard package of half the remaining term to agree his release.

In effect Goodwillie has cost Blackburn Rovers a grand total of £4,972.000 over the three years he was contracted, in other words...

£146,235 per appearance, or

£994,400 per goal.....

I suppose you will claim this is money well spent? A million pounds per goal striker eh... only in Blackburn.

And this is just one more reason why FFP is going to wipe its ar5e with you.
Goodwillie was signed for £2.8million. He was paid £12,000 per week for 3 years, a total of £1,872,000 He was then released after agreeing settlement terms with his employers who wished to end his contract one year early. Given that he was contracted for another year on £624,000, it's quite feasible to assume that he was offered the standard package of half the remaining term to agree his release. In effect Goodwillie has cost Blackburn Rovers a grand total of £4,972.000 over the three years he was contracted, in other words... £146,235 per appearance, or £994,400 per goal..... I suppose you will claim this is money well spent? A million pounds per goal striker eh... only in Blackburn. And this is just one more reason why FFP is going to wipe its ar5e with you. In Venkys we Trust
  • Score: -11

1:59pm Thu 26 Jun 14

the beaver says...

In Venkys we Trust wrote:
Goodwillie cost £2.8million and was paid over £1.8million in wages over his three years with the club, he then left with a £300k+ golden handshake.

Just another reason why this ailing football club is heading for the lower leagues.

Disgraceful.
and...
[quote][p][bold]In Venkys we Trust[/bold] wrote: Goodwillie cost £2.8million and was paid over £1.8million in wages over his three years with the club, he then left with a £300k+ golden handshake. Just another reason why this ailing football club is heading for the lower leagues. Disgraceful.[/p][/quote]and... the beaver
  • Score: 4

2:00pm Thu 26 Jun 14

the beaver says...

In Venkys we Trust wrote:
Goodwillie was signed for £2.8million.

He was paid £12,000 per week for 3 years, a total of £1,872,000

He was then released after agreeing settlement terms with his employers who wished to end his contract one year early. Given that he was contracted for another year on £624,000, it's quite feasible to assume that he was offered the standard package of half the remaining term to agree his release.

In effect Goodwillie has cost Blackburn Rovers a grand total of £4,972.000 over the three years he was contracted, in other words...

£146,235 per appearance, or

£994,400 per goal.....

I suppose you will claim this is money well spent? A million pounds per goal striker eh... only in Blackburn.

And this is just one more reason why FFP is going to wipe its ar5e with you.
and....
[quote][p][bold]In Venkys we Trust[/bold] wrote: Goodwillie was signed for £2.8million. He was paid £12,000 per week for 3 years, a total of £1,872,000 He was then released after agreeing settlement terms with his employers who wished to end his contract one year early. Given that he was contracted for another year on £624,000, it's quite feasible to assume that he was offered the standard package of half the remaining term to agree his release. In effect Goodwillie has cost Blackburn Rovers a grand total of £4,972.000 over the three years he was contracted, in other words... £146,235 per appearance, or £994,400 per goal..... I suppose you will claim this is money well spent? A million pounds per goal striker eh... only in Blackburn. And this is just one more reason why FFP is going to wipe its ar5e with you.[/p][/quote]and.... the beaver
  • Score: 4

2:21pm Thu 26 Jun 14

LittleRonnieHildersley says...

the beaver wrote:
In Venkys we Trust wrote:
Goodwillie was signed for £2.8million.

He was paid £12,000 per week for 3 years, a total of £1,872,000

He was then released after agreeing settlement terms with his employers who wished to end his contract one year early. Given that he was contracted for another year on £624,000, it's quite feasible to assume that he was offered the standard package of half the remaining term to agree his release.

In effect Goodwillie has cost Blackburn Rovers a grand total of £4,972.000 over the three years he was contracted, in other words...

£146,235 per appearance, or

£994,400 per goal.....

I suppose you will claim this is money well spent? A million pounds per goal striker eh... only in Blackburn.

And this is just one more reason why FFP is going to wipe its ar5e with you.
and....
and.....

the most needy and inadequate individual who posts under multiple profiles on rovers articles is......

you couldn't make it up!
[quote][p][bold]the beaver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]In Venkys we Trust[/bold] wrote: Goodwillie was signed for £2.8million. He was paid £12,000 per week for 3 years, a total of £1,872,000 He was then released after agreeing settlement terms with his employers who wished to end his contract one year early. Given that he was contracted for another year on £624,000, it's quite feasible to assume that he was offered the standard package of half the remaining term to agree his release. In effect Goodwillie has cost Blackburn Rovers a grand total of £4,972.000 over the three years he was contracted, in other words... £146,235 per appearance, or £994,400 per goal..... I suppose you will claim this is money well spent? A million pounds per goal striker eh... only in Blackburn. And this is just one more reason why FFP is going to wipe its ar5e with you.[/p][/quote]and....[/p][/quote]and..... the most needy and inadequate individual who posts under multiple profiles on rovers articles is...... you couldn't make it up! LittleRonnieHildersley
  • Score: 8

2:26pm Thu 26 Jun 14

garyintandem says...

GAZHAY wrote:
In Venkys we Trust wrote:
Goodwillie cost £2.8million and was paid over £1.8million in wages over his three years with the club, he then left with a £300k+ golden handshake.

Just another reason why this ailing football club is heading for the lower leagues.

Disgraceful.
Boring!!!!!
Apart from his middle paragraph he's spot on, although I don't know where he gets his information from because nothing's been disclosed. But this is good dealing from the Rovers as Gally says and now we're looking to establish ourselves as a solid club again. Bring on Cardiff.
Rovers: Championship Champions 2014-15
[quote][p][bold]GAZHAY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]In Venkys we Trust[/bold] wrote: Goodwillie cost £2.8million and was paid over £1.8million in wages over his three years with the club, he then left with a £300k+ golden handshake. Just another reason why this ailing football club is heading for the lower leagues. Disgraceful.[/p][/quote]Boring!!!!![/p][/quote]Apart from his middle paragraph he's spot on, although I don't know where he gets his information from because nothing's been disclosed. But this is good dealing from the Rovers as Gally says and now we're looking to establish ourselves as a solid club again. Bring on Cardiff. Rovers: Championship Champions 2014-15 garyintandem
  • Score: 2

3:01pm Thu 26 Jun 14

In Venkys we Trust says...

"Rovers: Championship Champions 2014-15"

Not sure which is funnier.. the statement itself, or the fact that you probably believe it.
"Rovers: Championship Champions 2014-15" Not sure which is funnier.. the statement itself, or the fact that you probably believe it. In Venkys we Trust
  • Score: -2

3:13pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Stretch_22 says...

In Venkys we Trust wrote:
"Rovers: Championship Champions 2014-15"

Not sure which is funnier.. the statement itself, or the fact that you probably believe it.
Burnley - 20th Best Premier League Team 2014-15

You heard it here first
You couldn't make it up
Disgraceful
FFP
Where's my sister gone?
[quote][p][bold]In Venkys we Trust[/bold] wrote: "Rovers: Championship Champions 2014-15" Not sure which is funnier.. the statement itself, or the fact that you probably believe it.[/p][/quote]Burnley - 20th Best Premier League Team 2014-15 You heard it here first You couldn't make it up Disgraceful FFP Where's my sister gone? Stretch_22
  • Score: 6

3:46pm Thu 26 Jun 14

eddio says...

In Venkys we Trust wrote:
Goodwillie was signed for £2.8million.

He was paid £12,000 per week for 3 years, a total of £1,872,000

He was then released after agreeing settlement terms with his employers who wished to end his contract one year early. Given that he was contracted for another year on £624,000, it's quite feasible to assume that he was offered the standard package of half the remaining term to agree his release.

In effect Goodwillie has cost Blackburn Rovers a grand total of £4,972.000 over the three years he was contracted, in other words...

£146,235 per appearance, or

£994,400 per goal.....

I suppose you will claim this is money well spent? A million pounds per goal striker eh... only in Blackburn.

And this is just one more reason why FFP is going to wipe its ar5e with you.
you're only Supper-Carrots in disguise, oh you're only supper-Carrots in disguise...
still obsessing over your lost love....sad.
[quote][p][bold]In Venkys we Trust[/bold] wrote: Goodwillie was signed for £2.8million. He was paid £12,000 per week for 3 years, a total of £1,872,000 He was then released after agreeing settlement terms with his employers who wished to end his contract one year early. Given that he was contracted for another year on £624,000, it's quite feasible to assume that he was offered the standard package of half the remaining term to agree his release. In effect Goodwillie has cost Blackburn Rovers a grand total of £4,972.000 over the three years he was contracted, in other words... £146,235 per appearance, or £994,400 per goal..... I suppose you will claim this is money well spent? A million pounds per goal striker eh... only in Blackburn. And this is just one more reason why FFP is going to wipe its ar5e with you.[/p][/quote]you're only Supper-Carrots in disguise, oh you're only supper-Carrots in disguise... still obsessing over your lost love....sad. eddio
  • Score: 3

3:52pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Harwoodstblue says...

garyintandem wrote:
GAZHAY wrote:
In Venkys we Trust wrote:
Goodwillie cost £2.8million and was paid over £1.8million in wages over his three years with the club, he then left with a £300k+ golden handshake.

Just another reason why this ailing football club is heading for the lower leagues.

Disgraceful.
Boring!!!!!
Apart from his middle paragraph he's spot on, although I don't know where he gets his information from because nothing's been disclosed. But this is good dealing from the Rovers as Gally says and now we're looking to establish ourselves as a solid club again. Bring on Cardiff.
Rovers: Championship Champions 2014-15
"His information" is all guess work or just plain made up. That's why the nob ed can't be taken seriously.
Cue another multi paragraph essay which as usual I'll just ignore.
PS we should have been in liquidation or financial melt down or in division 3 by now according to him, but we aren't
[quote][p][bold]garyintandem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GAZHAY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]In Venkys we Trust[/bold] wrote: Goodwillie cost £2.8million and was paid over £1.8million in wages over his three years with the club, he then left with a £300k+ golden handshake. Just another reason why this ailing football club is heading for the lower leagues. Disgraceful.[/p][/quote]Boring!!!!![/p][/quote]Apart from his middle paragraph he's spot on, although I don't know where he gets his information from because nothing's been disclosed. But this is good dealing from the Rovers as Gally says and now we're looking to establish ourselves as a solid club again. Bring on Cardiff. Rovers: Championship Champions 2014-15[/p][/quote]"His information" is all guess work or just plain made up. That's why the nob ed can't be taken seriously. Cue another multi paragraph essay which as usual I'll just ignore. PS we should have been in liquidation or financial melt down or in division 3 by now according to him, but we aren't Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 3

6:46pm Thu 26 Jun 14

bburnrover says...

Goodwillie was another poor Kean signing the only one he ever got correct was Rhodes who was a no brainer but cost us 4 million over the odds.
Goodwillie was another poor Kean signing the only one he ever got correct was Rhodes who was a no brainer but cost us 4 million over the odds. bburnrover
  • Score: 4

7:55pm Thu 26 Jun 14

jim 2012 says...

In Venkys we Trust wrote:
"Rovers: Championship Champions 2014-15"

Not sure which is funnier.. the statement itself, or the fact that you probably believe it.
4/7 4/7 IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
[quote][p][bold]In Venkys we Trust[/bold] wrote: "Rovers: Championship Champions 2014-15" Not sure which is funnier.. the statement itself, or the fact that you probably believe it.[/p][/quote]4/7 4/7 IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW jim 2012
  • Score: 1

9:36pm Thu 26 Jun 14

owd nick says...

jim 2012 wrote:
In Venkys we Trust wrote:
"Rovers: Championship Champions 2014-15"

Not sure which is funnier.. the statement itself, or the fact that you probably believe it.
4/7 4/7 IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
Just need to add to that Jim;

that's 4/7 on for relegation, long before a ball has been kicked in anger, in fact it's 4/7 on for relegation even before a friendly has been played, in fact when you really get down to the nitty gritty that's actually 4/7 on for relegation even before they have reported back for pre season training.

There are no poor bookies that I am aware of.

Never mind, at least the Burnley Board of Directors will be happy ensuring their financial future.
[quote][p][bold]jim 2012[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]In Venkys we Trust[/bold] wrote: "Rovers: Championship Champions 2014-15" Not sure which is funnier.. the statement itself, or the fact that you probably believe it.[/p][/quote]4/7 4/7 IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW[/p][/quote]Just need to add to that Jim; that's 4/7 on for relegation, long before a ball has been kicked in anger, in fact it's 4/7 on for relegation even before a friendly has been played, in fact when you really get down to the nitty gritty that's actually 4/7 on for relegation even before they have reported back for pre season training. There are no poor bookies that I am aware of. Never mind, at least the Burnley Board of Directors will be happy ensuring their financial future. owd nick
  • Score: 2

10:34pm Thu 26 Jun 14

digitusjonfred says...

First comment from a Burnley plonker !! David did not work out but was decent enough to pull the pin and go unlike Best and the other hand out merchants.
First comment from a Burnley plonker !! David did not work out but was decent enough to pull the pin and go unlike Best and the other hand out merchants. digitusjonfred
  • Score: 2

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