Date: 6th March 2014 at 10:04am
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Brendan Flood was this week reinstated onto Burnley`s board after a 14 month absence. Flood stood down 14 months ago due to problems with his personal finances. His return now makes him the seventh director to join the board following the relatively recent appointments of local businessmen, Brian Nelson and Terry Crabb. Co-chairmen, Mike Garlick and John Banaszkiewicz along with former Burnley chairman, Barry Kilby and Director, Clive Holt complete the team!

It looks like Flood may have put behind him the differences he had with some of the members on the original board before he left. He cited problems with director Clive Holt and co-chairman Mike Garlick after standing down from the board in January 2013. Although Flood left he retained his shareholding and stated at the time of his departure that he would consider a return “subject to the board being different” Since both those two problematical directors cited by Flood at the time remain on the board all three have clearly come to some amicable arrangement and the board is different too bearing in mind the arrival of the two new directors since Flood departed.

Burnley Football Club announced that Terry Crabb had joined the Board of Directors back in January. Crabb who was born in Burnley has been a lifelong fan since watching his first game at Turf Moor in the mid-1950s. The 65 year old owned Dorset Cereals and built the company up into a worldwide concern before selling it several years ago. Earlier in December 2013, the club also announced that life-long Clarets fan Brian Nelson had joined the Board. His wealth comes from being the co-owner of the established textile manufacturers Parklane Textiles Ltd. Nelson was born in Nelson and is still a Pendle resident. He too watched his first game at Turf Moor in the mid-1950s. The Board quite clearly now comprises even more of local business men with a close connection to the club being both fans as well as directors. It is not clear whether Nelson and Crabb are anti or pro-Flood but perhaps it doesn`t matter now if all of them can put their differences behind them and work as a team especially since we are now within spitting distance of a return to the top flight. It is perhaps fitting that Flood rejoins at a time we are back in the race for the Premier League again. Flood of course was instrumental in helping the club achieve a return to the top flight for the first time in 33 years culminating in our Wembley Play-Offs final victory over Sheffield United back in May 2009. The Clarets started well in the top flight too with memorable victories at home over the likes of Manchester United and Everton. In January 2010, though it all went pear-shape with the departure of manager, Owen Coyle to Bolton. The club never recovered and under replacement gaffer, Brian Laws, Burnley suffered relegation back to the Championship after just one season in the Premier League. Hopefully this time should we gain promotion this season, the lessons will have been learnt and things will be different next season with a show of greater ambition to stay-up.
It will certainly be interesting to see how Brendan Flood and Barry Kilby approach things this time round on the board should we return to the top flight next season. Flood certainly seems to think he has learnt from his previous experiences on the Board.

Brendan Flood talking about his comeback said:

“I am delighted to be back and I want to just focus on the football club and do my bit as a fan and as a director.

“I think I have probably learnt a lot through all the years I have been operationally involved and the Board is bigger now, which is something I`m glad has happened.

“We have two more directors and I think there`s a bigger spread of knowledge and skills around the table, which I think are a positive.

“The mix involves people who are from wider backgrounds, both working in London and internationally, so there`s lots of different viewpoints that can make things happen.”

Flood also commented on the homegrown nature of the Board spelling out the advantages:

‘It`s becoming more and more scarce to see a club with home-grown directors, but I think we`ve got a strong sense of identity at Burnley and we`ve got to try and preserve that in an ever-changing sporting world.

“We need to remain competitive, so we`ve got to embrace the ideas that come from other clubs, but at the same time try and preserve our identity as much as possible.”

Welcome back Brendan now let`s learn from past mistakes and plough on!

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