Burnley had spent six season in Premier League, and finished as high as 7th in the 2017/18 season and qualified for Europe. They spent their money wisely and never took major chances financially as they looked solid under the leadership of Sean Dyche. New American pushed the panic button a bit too early sacking Dyche and replacing him with one they probably knew in another setting, Michael Jackson.
Hopes for a “moon walk” ended in relegation, and Jackson was replaced with Vincent Kompany, we have looked at the similarities with Leicester as we would have loved a copy of the scenario.
The change in management was in similiar action, another was the appointment of Enzo Maresca. Vincent Kompany came in with a bit of the same experience, both having a background from Man City, and being managers in a foreign league, without major success, Kompany at Anderlecht, Maresca at Parma.
A number of settled first team players were released, Ben Mee (D), Wayne Hennessey (G), Aaron Lennon (W), Phil Bardsley (D), James Tarkowski (D) and Erik Pieters (D) among them. Dutch international, Wout Weghorst, signed in the prior January transfer window from Wolfsburg, made a loan switch to Besiktas and continued on loan at Man Utd after January. Another experienced defender Matthew Lowton joined Huddersfield on loan. Nathan Collins (£20million), Dwight McNeill (£20million) and Maxwell Cornet (£17million) were major sales that gave Vincent Kompany a kitty to spend from as he started his changing project.
A core group of the old guard was still at the club, with the likes of Josh Brownhill, Jack Cork, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Jay Rodriguez, Ashley Barnes, Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Connor Roberts all in there. New clever signings had to be done as Vincent Kompany brought a massive amount of new recruits, some of them players he knew from before at Man City and Anderlecht.
A lot looks similar to what we have seen at Leicester at the moment and we will surely see more departures and more arrivals before the transfer window close. This also happened at Burnley last season, seeing players such as Cornet leaving the club in August as well as seeing the arrival of Anass Zaroury in the late hours on the 30th of August.
In some strange and special plan, Vincent Kompany managed to keep a cool head and bring balanace to his squad and have a good and competitive blend in place as the season went on. Burnley won 29, drew 14 and lost only 3 games. They finished on 101 points, 10 points in front of Sheffield United ending 2nd.
Leicester Mercury reported today that as many as 12 players could still be leaving the club, that would of coures also start a run to find replacements and it will an inflated market towards the end of the transfer window, still to be open out August.
We have seen a number of good signings, and hopefully there will be enough quality in place to be able to bring wins to the table and get back up in a similar way as Burnley. We all could see how Nottingham Forest in the season prior managed to defeat Leicester and Arsenal in the FA Cup, work themselves up the league ladder from an early relegation position and into the Premier League via the play-off’s, so this Championship is one special league, but still possible to bring home a steady collection of points.
Burnley will open their Premier League season today at home to Man City, hopefully bringing on a performance that will give Man City a bit of trouble, but with a bit of luck they might come away with a minor amount of goals going in, all the best to The Clarets, today, they will need it.
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