Date: 19th February 2010 at 12:50pm
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Guerrero To Leave

News broke last week that Fernando Guerrero could be leaving Turf Moor after failing to breakthrough into the first team.

Fernando Guerrero was signed on loan in August 2009 from Ecuadorian club Independiente del Valle.

Former Clarets manager, Owen Coyle described the 20 year old winger as an exciting prospect and if the former Castilla (Real Madrid Reserves)player impressed during his season-long loan there would be an opportunity to buy the player permanently for a reported fee of 2 million euros.

The Ecuador international made his debut for the Clarets on the opening day of the season coming on from the bench against Stoke City at the Britannia.

Since that time though he has found opportunities limited and has only made two starts in our two Carling Cup games against Hartlepool and Barnsley.He was typically on the bench during Coyle’s period at the club this season making just seven appearances in total so far in 2009-10.

With the arrival of Brian Laws, Guerrero seems to have become the forgotten man and has not been named in the eighteen since our away defeat to Reading in the FA Cup last month.

Laws has today made it plain that he does not feature in his future plans confirming that the club are now seeking to terminate his loan contract and are currently in discussion with the player’s advisors.

‘Fernando came here with high expectations,’ Laws told the Official Burnley website. ‘But we have come to the decision that he is not going to get into our side.

‘We have got a big squad here and if we are going to make these decisions let’s start making them and we have to move people around.’

‘He’s a player that needs to move on and see if there is anything out there that suits him better,’ Laws added. ‘He’s probably a bit disappointed, as everybody is, that he has not made an impact within the football club.

‘But we have to concentrate on those that will effect the team. We have got to give them every ounce of our coaching ability and mentality and those that are not getting in the team say it’s time to move on.

‘It’s not a fall-out, it’s a purely football decision.

‘It won’t be the first and it won’t be the last. We have got a big squad and that’s the nature of the beast.

‘We have to make decisions for the right reasons for the football club.’

Pompey Plight

Portsmouth,the financially striken club have recently applied to be given special dispensation to be allowed to sell their players in order to raise some cash to reduce their debt and lessen the threat of facing a winding-up order at the High Court on March 1.

Brian Laws though claims it would be ridiculous to allow relegation rivals Portsmouth to sell players outside the transfer window.

Speaking to the Official Burnley website he said:

‘We all work within rules and regulations.

‘That is the way the Football League or Premier League has worked for hundreds of years.

‘Why should we have to change that for one particular club who are finding it very difficult with their finances?

‘Whilst we have every sympathy with a football club that has difficulties, the only ones they should be looking at are themselves.

‘They should be looking in a mirror to find the answer. They got themselves into it, (they should) get themselves out of it.

‘I would hate to think the Premier League would allow them such a ridiculous thing beyond the transfer window.

‘Allowing them to get a player out of the door, get some money and finances in, and then he goes and scores a goal against us that could be the goal that takes us down – that’s ridiculous.

‘I would think 100 per cent of the Premier League would be saying the same, so I don’t think they would get much support from the Premier League clubs.’

I think most Clarets fans would agree with those sentiments and one also wonders if Portsmouth get their wish whether that would allow them to recall David Nugent from his loan-spell at Turf Moor with a view to a quick sale. We shall have to hope the loan contract is strong enough in our favour to prevent that happening.

There is also an underlying current debate that focuses on the likely outcome of the winding-up order. If the club are officially liquidated as opposed to going into administration and suffering a nine-point reduction what would that mean for the clubs trying to avoid relegation and indeed where would that leave David Nugent?

If the club ceases to be a legal company, then presumably the loan contract is torn up and Nugent becomes a free-agent so what would happen then?

Also if the club becomes a ‘dead parrot and ceases to be’ will all the points involving Pompey’s draws and defeats to other clubs be declared null and void and how would that effect our chances of avoiding relegation?

We could find we have three extra points after beating them on Saturday February 27th at Turf Moor only to then lose them again if Pompey face winding-up after the 1st March hearing.

Interesting times methinks and the sooner we know Pompey’s fate the better!

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