The Burnley takeover cannot come soon enough as Sean Dyche’s side travels to West Brom in desperate need of a win after a tough transfer window
- Burnley is now the only Premier League team without a point this season
- Sean Dyche’s Clarets have also been through a tough transfer window this summer
- US investment company ALK Capital LLC is in talks to acquire Burnley
- The Clarets will travel to West Brom on Monday to impress their new owners
It will be just after noon on America’s East Coast when Alan Pace, the man who wants the keys to Turf Moor, settles in to stream what is a big night for Burnley.
The kind of night that, even though there are only three games left this season, will determine the coming weeks.
While it may be premature to describe the trip to West Brom as a ‘must-win’, Burnley – three defeats out of three – can really avoid a fourth.
American sports investment company ALK Capital LLC is in talks to acquire Burnley
Sean Dyche (above) travels to West Brom on Monday in desperate need of a win
They are a club that drags on. Takeover talks with ALK Capital, led by Pace, would be positive, but take longer than the Americans expected. A rival party remains, funded with money from Egypt and Dubai.
Chairman Mike Garlick has met Pace – former Real Salt Lake general manager in MLS – a number of times in the Northwest, but he hasn’t struck a deal.
Friday’s domestic transfer deadline passed without Sean Dyche being able to reinforce a worn-out squad.
Dyche’s frustration with the lack of activity is well known, and his relationship with Garlick is at its lowest since taking office as manager in 2012.
There are tensions between Dyche (L) and Mike Garlick (R) as Burnley struggled in the market
There’s also a conflict between Dyche and technical director Mike Rigg, with the pair not on the same page about the kind of new addition Burnley should be attracting.
The gist is as follows: Dyche wants players to improve the quality of his starting XI, believing that the club – now in its fifth consecutive Premier League season – is able to stretch its financial parameters.
But no money is available for those players. Dyche has vetoed certain targets, including Harry Wilson.
And so no one of interest has gotten past Dale Stephens from Brighton for £ 1.5m and Dyche continues to pray that his key figures will stay fit. The team is more than good enough to finish in the middle of the table, provided they have no fitness issues.
The Burnley manager still has a squad at his disposal that can remain in the Premier League
The players are annoyed at the impasse between manager and board and struggle to understand the logic behind a lack of fresh blood. In fact, the only good news recently is that they left the Carabao Cup.
What remains is that Dyche somehow gets the most out of this squad and defies the odds. Again.
That should prove a little easier with captain Ben Mee ready for a return and James Tarkowski back on the side. It could be a gloomy autumn.
The wins of defenders James Tarkowski (right) and Ben Mee (left) are big boosts for Burnley
Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City, Everton and Arsenal make up five of the next seven games.
Every defeat makes Burnley, even with their brand new training ground and Category 1 academy, a higher risk investment for those looking to take it over.
If no points come up, that’s a problem for the salesperson, Garlick. Pace will follow Monday’s developments with interest.