Stan set to sell players

Last updated : 26 May 2002 By Tony Scholes

With the club set to be £3 million lighter next season because of the collapse of ITV Digital Stan said, "If we are left with a massive shortfall, and we are talking about nearly £3million pounds, then there is only one way to get that money back - that is to sell players. That is not Stan Ternent's fault, that is not Burnley Football Club's fault, it is not the board of director's fault - the blame lies solely with the digital company."

This is the clearest indication yet that players will have to go and he has also admitted that he could lose the services of Paul Gascoigne because of this loss of money. It appears that he really is still keen to sign the former England player for next season.

Both Stan and chairman Barry Kilby have attacked Carlton and Granada this week. The chairman had a go at them at a meeting for selected Foundation members on Thursday evening and now Stan has described them as immoral.

Immoral or not the Football League quite clearly were not professional enough in dealing with the media companies and have allowed themselves to be in this position when it should clearly not have been the case.

I'm sure Barry and Stan are both still reeling at the goings on at Bradford City and how much we could have saved on Robbie Blake had we waited until he was fit. Blake would have been made redundant this week had he still been with the West Yorkshire club and would certainly have come a lot cheaper in terms of wages now as well as there being no transfer fee.

The one consolation is that all clubs are in the same position, with some worse than others, and it has become obvious this week that we are not the worst. As Stan said, "If some clubs have got above their station and are paying too much money that is something they have to look at - but we aren't."