STANLEY'S John Coleman and Jimmy Bell have differing views on whether Burnley's promotion to the Premiership is a good thing for the Reds ...


STANLEY BOSS John Coleman thinks it is a good thing for Stanley for Burnley to be in the top flight.

"I think it is brilliant what they have done and can only work in our favour in bringing a buzz back to East Lancashire football as a whole.

"And, for me, I take inspiration from it as it shows what can be done for a side that, with no disrespect to Burnley, were unfancied.

"It shows it is not only about money although that obviously helps, but Owen Coyle has put a superb team together and, with that spirit, has got them into the Premiership.

"Don’t get me wrong, they have spent money but it is relative to their league. £1million isn’t a lot to spend on a player in the Championship.

"I look at their team and I am full of admiration.

"Mark Paterson is a great player and Chris Eagles too - they are hungry players who want to prove themselves and Owen Coyle has given them a chance.

"Then Robbie Blake has got a new lease of life and, on his day, is unplayable.

"And the two centre halves Clarke Carlisle and Steven Caldwell have done really well.

"It takes me back to when we won the Conference and that is still fresh in my mind.

"We were unfancied but we did have some talented players as Burnley had and we didn’t have the biggest budget but we stuck together and won promotion.

"You need to have good players to win things but it isn’t all about money and I hope them going up will make East Lancashire an attractive proposition for footballers."


STANLEY assistant boss Jimmy Bell thinks Burnley’s promotion to the Premiership - while fantastic for the club - is bad news for the Reds.

"Don’t get me wrong they have done fantastically well and I am made up for them - it is brilliant and I have a lot of respect for what Owen Coyle has done there.

"The problem I can see is that they will now take a few fans off us and, with us, every one counts.

"Blackburn Rovers have cut their season ticket prices to just above ours and Burnley had the special offer on too.

"It means people can now go five miles up the road to watch the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.

"I am not stupid and we know that most people, with the choice between the Premiership and League Two football at a similar price, will watch the Premiership.

"Our average crowd last season was only about 1,400 and, due to that, our playing budget has been slashed for this season.

"All we need is to move up about another three or four hundred and we could have more revenue and that could be used on the team.

"But we don’t get that and we have had to balance the books and they don’t make good reading at the moment.

"And now, with Burnley in the Premiership, I think we could lose the chance of attracting those extra important fans."

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