Date: 22nd January 2011 at 9:33am
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We bring you some little snippets of Clarets news you may have missed this week. Wes is back and there have been further backroom staff announcements…plus there is more so read on!

Wes is Back!

New manager, Eddie Howe has recalled Wes Fletcher from his loan spell at League 2 club.Stockport County so he can take a look at the player.

The striker returned to Turf Moor following the end of his loan spell last Saturday having spent three-months at Edgeley Park. He made 12 appearances for the Hatters, scoring one goal.

Stockport said in a statement:

‘Stockport County would like to place on record their thanks to young striker Wes Fletcher, who has returned to parent club Burnley after a three-month stay at Edgeley Park.

‘Fletcher was a firm favourite amongst the Hatters faithful, making several goals while with the club and also scoring the winner in our derby day victory at Gigg Lane.

‘New Clarets boss Eddie Howe has recalled his loan players to allow him to assess his playing staff, but County have made it known that should the young forward be available again he would be more than welcome back.’

A Long Break

Centre-back, Kevin Long has had to return to Turf Moor after sadly breaking his foot in the final match of his loan spell at Accrington Stanley. He limped off in Stanley`s victory at Cheltenham last Saturday.

Stanley had hoped to extend Long`s loan for the rest of the season after the 20 year old had impressed at the Crown Ground.

“Kevin has cracked a bone in his foot so he has gone back to Burnley,” said Stanley assistant Jimmy Bell.

“He will be out for three to four weeks.”

Preston Nobbled in Behind-Closed Doors Game

Eddie Howe got to see some more of his squad players in action this week in a behind-closed doors game against Preston on Tuesday night. The Clarets team was a mixture of youth and experience and they enjoyed a 4-2 victory against their local rivals.

All four goals by Burnley came from players on the periphery of the first team. Steven Thompson scored one hoping he did enough to impress the gaffer and make a rare start against the Iron this Saturday. Ross Wallace too, the former Preston winger will have been happy to have scored against his old club. Wes Fletcher, fresh from his loan spell at Stockport also got on the score-sheet as did young Alex MacDonald.

Andre Bikey also had an impressive game in defence and there was a chance for the gaffer to see Brian Jensen between the sticks. The Beast appeared to have done enough to warrant Howe speaking to him about his transfer request.

The only sad note was that Martin Paterson, who had hoped to be on the comeback trail following his thigh injury was unable to feature and he is still sidelined for the Scunthorpe match this Saturday.

Holding Cort at Deepdale?

New Preston manager, Phil Brown has been speaking to Eddie Howe trying to seek a loan extension for Clarets centre-back Leon Cort. It is thought they held a chat during the behind-closed doors game between the two clubs in midweek (see above). There has been no official announcement either way yet.

Cort’s current loan ends after Preston`s Saturday’s game at the Riverside against Middlesbrough. He has impressed the Preston faithful although has been sidelined with injury recently but did play his first game of 2011 last Saturday.

Backroom Takes Shape

It was confirmed this week that Eddie Howe had retained the services of Stuart Gray as first team coach, Billy Mercer as goalkeeping coach, Ashley Hoskin as reserve and development squad coach and chief scout Tim Henderson. Current fitness coach Tom Little however leaves the club to be replaced by fitness and conditioning coach Jon Dalzell, from Bournemouth.

Carlisle`s Question Time

Any Clarets fans that are also political animals would have been impressed by the first appearance of a footballer on BBC 1`s Question Time this week, especially since that player was the PFA Chairman, Clarets vice-captain and Countdown brainbox, Clarke Carlisle. The show put out on Thursday night was filmed in Burnley and also featured on the panel, Clarets fan and former New Labour spin-master, Alastair Campbell. It was certainly a lively show with heated debates between Campbell, some Tory woman, left-wing agitator, George Galloway and the Lib Dem`s Simon Hughes. Carlisle as expected took a back seat for most of the discussion but performed well when the floor was his. Although he seemed to lose his train of thought at one point, he generally came across very well and demonstated to the general public that not all footballers had one brain cell! Topics included the Shadow Chancellor upheaval following the resignation of Alan Johnson for personal reasons and his replacement by Ed Balls, the NHS, and the now hugely boring Blair-Iraq thing (for god`s sake put this one to bed and move on or bring Saddam back to life and put him back in charge!))

Carlisle also revealed his politics on the show saying he had voted Lib Dem at the last election (Poor sod!!)

Burnley X-Factor-Steve Jones

Former Clarets and current Walsall winger, Steve Jones has joined Motherwell on loan until the end of the season, when his contract will expire.

At Motherwell Jones will be reunited with gaffer,Stuart McCall who managed him during his 6 month loan spell at Valley Parade prior to him joining Walsall on a free transfer over the summer of 2009.

The Northern Ireland international joined Bradford City on loan from Burnley in November 2008.

Steve Cotterill signed Jones from Crewe on a free transfer in May 2006 but it never really worked out for the winger at Turf Moor after a promising start. Loan spells at Crewe and Huddersfield as well as Bradford followed before Burnley finally released him at the end of his contract in June 2009. Jones joined Walsall in July 2009 penning a two-year deal.

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