Keep­ing a tight rein at Turf Moor

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FOOTBALL -

It was quite in­ter­est­ing for me at the Premier League AGM be­cause you have th­ese Amer­i­can busi­ness­men who are try­ing to make a busi­ness on bor­rowed money, then you have the van­ity own­ers from East­ern Europe and the Mid­dle East who view their clubs as a race­horse or a Derby win­ner.

“It was in­ter­est­ing to see be­cause, in com­par­i­son, we were prob­a­bly a lit­tle bit of an anachro­nism. But I hope we’re a pos­i­tive throw­back, the club that shows it can still be done the old-fash­ioned way.”

Burn­ley might pay a heavy price for Kilby’s pru­dent ap­proach. It could see the club rel­e­gated af­ter just one sea­son in the Premier League. But only the likes Bernie Mad­off or Nick Lee­son would sug­gest Kilby’s busi­ness plan is flawed in com­par­i­son to the Glaz­ers’.

So what if Burn­ley are rel­e­gated? They will go down in a much health­ier fi­nan­cial state than any club be­fore them thanks to Kilby’s re­fusal to put money be­fore sense.

United won’t be rel­e­gated this sea­son. They might even win a fourth suc­ces­sive Premier League ti­tle. But the money they bank this sea­son won’t even touch the sides of the pit of debt that the Glaz­ers have dug for the club.

The em­pire that Alex Fer­gu­son built, with the help of the likes of Bryan Rob­son, Eric Can­tona, Roy Keane, David Beck­ham and Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, is now threat­ened – not only by ri­vals on the pitch, but by the fi­nan­cial short­com­ings of the club’s own­ers.

Barry Kilby has a feel for his club and a determination to en­sure that it has a strong and sta­ble fu­ture. Un­for­tu­nately for Manch­ester United, you can­not say the same for the Glaz­ers. – The Tele­graph

Burn­ley chair­man Barry Kilby

Burn­ley man­ager Brian Laws

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