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Congratulations to Burnley

Just a quick one today. Huge congratulations to Burnley. They defeated Sheffield United 1-0 at Wembley on Monday in the Championship play-off final to win promotion to the Premier League. It was 100% deserved and caps off a fantastic season for them.

Owen Coyle’s men have played attractive football all season and were a joy to watch in their two very high profile cup runs. I had said for a while that they would win promotion via the play-offs and I am glad that I have been proved correct.

Part of my pleasure in watching Burnley win the final, admittedly, was my dislike of Sheffield United. They made far too much of the ‘Carlos Tevez affair’ and seem to think they had a god-given right to return to the top flight as a result. Well, football doesn’t work like that I’m afraid!

Anyway – back to Burnley. They have proven that anyone can win promotion from the Championship if they go the right way about it. You need an ambitious manager, a committed set of contracted players and one or two superstars.

They don’t have the biggest fan base, they don’t have a very nice stadium and they aren’t a very big club. This is irrelevant though and it is about time that a lot of people start realising this. People harping on about the big clubs and the big fan bases are wasting their time. It means nothing as far as success goes.

Stoke City, Hull City and Burnley will all be a league above Newcastle next season and this sums everything up. Well done to Tony Pulis, Phil Brown and Owen Coyle. They have all performed wonders.

Norwich are a team that should take note of success like this. Our fans have been going on and on for years now about the 20,000 season tickets that are sold every year. Well, it means nothing. Our relatively big fan base means nothing. Our apparent status as a ‘big club’ means nothing.

We need to stop thinking that our loyalty as fans needs to be rewarded. We need a group of honest professionals who are contracted and committed to the club. Dare I say it; we need to follow the Burnley model. Who’d have thought it?

by Thomas Rooney

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