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Sean Dyche speaks at length about losing Chris Wood – Press conference

4 months ago
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Sean Dyche has been talking about Chris Wood leaving Burnley.

The striker having joined Newcastle United on Thursday (13 January) after NUFC met the striker’s £25m transfer fee release figure.

Sean Dyche was speaking today (Monday 17 January) ahead of Burnley’s scheduled match against Watford on Tuesday night.

However, Burnley have formally asked the Premier League for a postponement, due to Covid cases and injuries, with an answer to that request expected very shortly.

If Sean Dyche and his club are successful in getting this Watford match put back, it will mean they have played three less games than Newcastle United and four less than Norwich.

Sean Dyche pre-Watford match press conference, talking about losing Chris Wood, as reported by Lancs Live – 17 January 2022:

“It wasn’t a perfect scenario [Chris Wood signing for Newcastle United].

“He was a good player, a bit quieter this season but a good record.

“It has happened before and we have been down this road before.

We have a strong group and our mentality is going to be important.”

“Woody is a good player, has done very well for us and we wish him well.

“It is ongoing as to whether we can invest it [the £25m received for Chris Wood].

“We didn’t want to lose him but it is a lot of money for that player.

“Money doesn’t solve everything, it gives you a better option on recruitment.

“It happened quickly, when there was a release clause they know what it is, which they obviously did, and they activated it. Then it is a straightforward contractual situation other than medicals and stuff like that.

“Someone [at Newcastle United] knew what the clause was and they activated. He could have gone to anyone who is willing to meet it.

“That is the way it goes, you don’t want to lose good players at any time. If a contractual situation opens up and the player chooses they want to go then that is just a fact of contracts and the delicacy of them sometimes.

“There is no angle on Chris at all.

“He is a professional footballer, has done very well for the football club, an opportunity arose and he thought it through and decided it was right for him. That is football and being an individual footballer.

“There is absolutely no question marks in my mind at all, for what he has done here, the goals he scored, the way he performed, the way he has conducted himself and the way he has attempted to be successful here. He has been quieter this season than previous but generally he has done a very, very good job here.

“These are the things that happen in football, a contract situation opens up and in this case he has decided to go to that football club.”

Sean Dyche on Chris Wood’s ‘comfort zones’ comments:

“He has been performing for a long time and sometimes players do hit a quiet spell.

“It certainly wasn’t us allowing him to sit in his comfort zone.

“I understand him slightly, maybe he feels he needs a freshness and a difference.

“I found him an honest fella who knows when he is not doing as well as he can do.

“He knew he was quieter than what we expected from himself and from us.

“It was a clause in a contract, we weren’t pushing that to happen.

Player reaction to Wood departure?:

“It is hard for me to judge because I have only just come back in.

“I would suggest they don’t want to see any good players leaving but equally they are rounded enough to have seen that before and to take the chance that comes their way because it does open up the door for others.”

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