Dyche desperate to strengthen squad

first_img “The only over-lying marker that usually gets any deal done is money, we all know that. We will put good resources into certain areas and certain deals, but there is a limit. “The club’s future is important, not just the immediate future on the pitch.” Burnley are arguably bigger outsiders than they were when they reached the Premier League for the first time in 2009, a stay that lasted only one season. They begin their campaign by welcoming Chelsea to Turf Moor a week on Monday, allowing ‘the Ginger Mourinho’ to pit his wits against the real thing. Dyche knows his team will be written off before they have started but he is confident they have the right formula to surprise people. “We were underdogs last year and I think we got used to that,” said the 43-year-old former defender. “It can bring freedom. There’ll be an expectation from us, how we perform and how we go about it, but from the outside arguably we’ll be deemed probably one of the biggest underdogs there’s been in the Premier League for a while. “But we do know the underdog story. There’s not many, if you actually analyse underdog stories, that are by chance or luck. “So at the same time as being an underdog, we like to think there’s a way we go about our business that will give us a chance to do well and be competitive and win football matches.” Sean Dyche estimates he has made 500 phone calls this summer as he attempts to create a squad capable of staying in the Barclays Premier League. Dyche, who refused to comment on reports linking the club with Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury, said: ” It’s a challenge. “Some of it is intriguing to know what’s out there, what we can do and what we can’t do, and it’s annoying sometimes because there’s things you want to get pushed through and they drag and drag and drag, and we’ve had that on a few different situations. “We work hard. I reckon I’ve made 500 phone calls over the summer to managers to agents to coaches, background on players etc. And that’s just me, that’s not counting my staff, the recruitment side of things. “We keep looking and we keep searching for the ones that are appropriate and that can help us to enhance our chances of doing well this year. “We need more strength in depth but that doesn’t just come with anyone, we have to also make sure there’s some quality and talent there otherwise it would be counter productive. “There’s not a definitive number. I doubt we’ll hit 25 senior players, but we definitely want to enhance the numbers. “If we had the finance we’re spending now in the Championship, that would give us a real competitive edge. In the Premier League, we all know what it’s like. The numbers are vast, e ven for players who you wouldn’t recognise as being market leaders, but they move for very big fees and very big wages. “You could get frustrated by it but what’s the point? That’s not going to get any deals done. Press Association Dyche led Burnley to promotion from the Sky Bet Championship in May despite the Clarets having one of the smallest squads in the second tier. He has so far added goalkeeper Matt Gilks, midfielders Steven Reid, Matt Taylor and Michael Kightly and forwards Lukas Jutkiewicz and Marvin Sordell, but hopes to boost the numbers further before the end of the month. last_img read more

England must copy rivals’ to avoid breaking Jofra Archer-Swann

first_imgGRAEME Swann has warned England could break Jofra Archer if they continue to use the rapid bowler so frequently.The World Cup-winning paceman made his Test debut at Lord’s, where he put on an exhibit of ferocious bowling – including the delivery which left Steve Smith concussed.Archer picked up five wickets in that Test before claiming six in an innings at Leeds. After bowling 27 overs and going wicketless in the first innings at Old Trafford, he returned with a six-wicket haul at the Oval.The reduction in his pace led to fears he was being over-used and Swann echoed those comments.The former Ashes winner told Yahoo Sport UK: “They’ve got the luxury of a world class all-rounder in Ben Stokes who can bowl 15 overs a day.“Your spinner, you have to get more out of your spinner, but I’m not having a go at Jack Leach. You can’t have Archer bowling the overs when a team is 300-4, that’s when the spinner should be tying down one end with seamers rotating in short bursts at the other.“In the second innings, because we’re not bowling a team out with spin, the seamers are bowling more. There’s a game in two days’ time. If you lose the toss and bowl it’s like… he’ll snap in half.“But he’s genuine world class. He’s an exciting player. No one could bowl the amount of overs he’s now bowling and remain 93-94 mph.”In total, Archer was called upon to bowl 156 overs in four Tests of this Ashes series.The strike bowler, breathtaking at his best, was called in to replace James Anderson after his first Test injury ruled him out of the series.England’s inability to bowl out Australia cheaply – they were foiled repeatedly by Smith – was one of the key reasons they entered the final Test with a series draw the best attainable result.Looking to the future, though, Swann believes linking up Archer with Anderson – alongside Stuart Broad – provides a mouthwatering proposition.“If we could get that, get another couple more years of Jimmy out,that is a magnificent bowling attack,” he added. “Jimmy can bowl 25 overs a day at the same pace, day in, day out.“If it swings, he doesn’t need to – he bowls ten overs and bowls a team out. You need two bowlers who can do that 20 odd overs. Broady can do that as well.“Archer definitely should not be asked to do that, yet he will be bowled into the ground and be a blunt force in two years time.“The Aussies eventually realised with Mitchell Johnson, he wasn’t a 30 overs a day man. When he bowled ten overs a day he was blisteringly quick and a match winner.“Jofra Archer, that spell at Lord’s when it was gloomy, it was magnificent, and they kept bowling him. You cannot do it and remain effective for long.“Steve Harmison was the last genuine fast strike bowler we had and he ended up being used 24, 25 overs a day. It blunted his effectiveness, I hope they don’t do that to Jofra Archer.” (Yahoo Sport UK)last_img read more

National Team of B&H in Mini Football in the Semi-Finals of Euro

first_imgNational team of B&H n Mini football qualified for the semi-finals of the European Championship that is being held in Croatia.After they defeated the national team of Spain on penalties, BH national players defeated today in Zagreb the selection of Poland.Although they were losing during the most of the match, thans to the goals of Marko Vujica and Josip Kupreskic, B&H came to equalizing and penalties.As well as against Spain, B&H was better in penalties against Poland (4:2).Today, B&H played the semi-final meeting against Croatia at 4.00 p.m.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

Barbados XI too good for Windies

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Test batsman Shai Hope and former West Indies opener Omar Phillips stroked half-centuries as a Barbados Select XI dealt West Indies a 50-run defeat in the first of two warm-up matches here Wednesday night.In a day/night encounter at Kensington Oval, the Select XI piled up 290 for eight off their 50 overs, with the stylish Hope carving out a top score of 61 and Phillips getting 58.Off-spinner Ashley Nurse claimed three for 61 while fast bowler Shannon Gabriel picked up two for 75.In reply, West Indies were restricted to 240 all out off 47.1 overs thanks to leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr who finished with three for 17 from four overs and seamers Kevin Stoute (2-28), Tarik Shorey (2-33) and Dario Seale (2-50), all of whom finished with two wickets apiece.Jamaican Rovman Powell smashed a top score of 58 while Nurse completed a solid all-round game with a fantastic even 50 off a mere 31 balls.Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin chimed in with 32, while Darren Bravo got 24 and Marlon Samuels, 23.The Select XI got a great start after the left-handed Phillips put on 58 for the first wicket with Kyle Corbin who made 14, and a further 53 for the second wicket with Hope.Phillips, who played two Tests during the senior players strike seven years ago, struck seven fours and two sixes off 66 deliveries, while Hope gathered seven fours off 79 balls.When Phillips fell to give Nurse his second wicket, Hope and Roston Chase (18) added 40 for the third wicket before both fell in the space of 18 balls, to leave the Select XI on 165 for four in the 36th over.However, Shamarh Brooks stroked 44 from 37 balls with two fours and two sixes and captain Stoute hit 29 from 41 balls, to revive the innings in a 60-run, fifth wicket partnership.last_img read more