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Championship 2012/13 Preview: Burnley

Club: Burnley

Last season’s position: 13th

Recent history:

Since the departure of Owen Coyle and the subsequent relegation from the Premiership three years ago the Clarets have tried but failed to make a decent stab at getting back to the top flight.

Manager profile:

It is rarely mentioned these days in south-east London but Chris Powell wasn't the first choice to replace Phil Parkinson. In fact, he wasn't even on the original list of interviewees. Burnley boss Eddie Howe was offered and rejected the Addicks role stating his preference to stay at Bournemouth only to take the Turf Moor job the same week. Since then he has done little to live up to his billing of bright young managerial thing. For Burnley fans the jury is very much still out. Meanwhile the loss of 15 goal Jay Rodriquez to Southampton will be a blow.

Summer transfer activity:

Jason Shackell ..... Derby ..... Undis
George Porter ..... L. Orient ..... Undis
Luke O'Neill ..... Mansfield ..... Undis
Joseph Mills ..... Reading ..... Loan
Sam Vokes .... Wolves .... Undis
Brian Stock

Jay Rodriguez ..... Southampton ..... Undis
Joe McKee ..... Bolton ..... Free
Clarke Carlisle ..... ..... Released

Expected Tactics/Formation

Lots of neat passing before getting it up to Charlie Austin.

What are the fans saying?

Even the top 6 is seen as pushing it by many fans. Most would settle for mid-table and a couple of wins of local rivals Blackburn Rovers.


Last season Burnley finished 13th and 13 points off the play-offs. Rodriguez has gone and been replaced by Vokes, at it will be how successful the partnership he forms with Austin that will determine how well Burnley do. The likelihood is more of the same, with risks more skewed towards the bottom half of the table than the top.

Odds: 40/1 to win division 10/1 to go down

Compiled by: Henry Irving


  • Sold Rodriguez for lots, brought in Vokes cheap; not a bad bit of business as is Stock from Donny, a very astute and experienced midfielder. Howe likes to play good attacking football. They will surprise a few though not enough to come close to winning anything
  • A struggle but avoids relegation
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