Speculation on players leaving

Last updated : 12 May 2002 By Tony Scholes

Tony Grant - could be set to leave if speculation is to be believed
This week though that hasn't been the case with news that some of the current playing staff at Turf Moor could be set to start next season with new employers.

The first of these is Tony Grant who only joined the club during last season from Manchester City. After making his debut as a sub at Forest straight after signing he was in the starting line up for the next game. He was a regular in the side and only missed through suspension and a hamstring injury before he was left out for the final game of the season against Coventry.

There was much speculation in the days leading up to that game that he wouldn't play because of unconfirmed dressing room problems at Grimsby and when the day came he wasn't in the squad at all. The suggestion now is that Grant is looking for a move. He was in outstanding form during the great run of November and December but since Christmas as the team faltered Grant was having less and less of an influence in midfield.

Ian Cox is another player being linked with a move away with a transfer back to the south of England apparently on the cards. At his best Coxy is as good a defender as there is in the division but again his form was patchy in the second half of the season. He was left out at on a couple of occasions and then missed the last five games of the season with an injury he sustained at Sheffield United.

A third player who has seen his name constantly linked with a move away from Turf Moor in recent weeks is Ian Moore. The striker who doesn't really have the ability to score goals is hugely popular with the Burnley fans although this may have a lot to do with the total dislike many of them have for Gareth Taylor.

There is no doubt that should we sign David Johnson and should Robbie Blake ever be fit enough to become a regular member of the first team squad then Moore could find himself the odd one out.

Finally there has been some wild speculation that Steve Davis could be on the way out to join KKMC in the Premiership. This, we can assure you, has no foundation whatsoever and the skipper is almost certain to be leading out the Clarets come August.

Stan has again said this week that discussions with the chairman on the budgets will determine whether he have to sell players or not. The problem is though that there may not be any clubs to buy players that clubs are trying to sell. All Nationwide League clubs are going to be money short following the disappearance of the always doomed ITV Digital.

Incredibly the one player not linked with any moves is Glen Little – how things can change in such a short space of time.