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Ex-Burnley owner Mike Garlick could regain control of Turf Moor if Sean Dyche side relegates

AHEAD THE GAME: Ex-Burnley owner Mike Garlick could regain control of Turf Moor if Sean Dyche’s squad are relegated… while the EFL faces legal challenge from Championship clubs

  • Ex-Burnley owner Mike Garlick sold the club to ALK Capital 13 months ago
  • He has the option to buy it back for a fixed price if they fall in the championship
  • Newcastle are determined not to destroy the club’s wage structure after arrival
  • The FA plans to rebuild all pitches at the Qatar World Cup training base in England











Former Burnley owner Mike Garlick could regain control of Turf Moor if Sean Dyche’s side are relegated – as the deal that saw him sell to ALK Capital 13 months ago includes a clause giving him the option to buy the club back for a fixed price if they fall in the championship.

Garlick remains a director at Burnley despite selling his 49 percent stake and handing over the chairmanship to ALK director Alan Pace, and regularly attends games.

ALK agreed to pay £150m for 84 per cent of the club in a three-stage transaction, financed largely by the club’s existing funds and additional loans.

Ex-Burnley owner Mike Garlick (pictured) could regain control of Turf Moor if Burnley relegates

Ex-Burnley owner Mike Garlick (pictured) could regain control of Turf Moor if Burnley relegates

Garlick will also regain control if ALK fails to pay any of the following installments on time, although there are no suggestions that are likely to become a problem.

Burnley declined to comment.

Newcastle are determined not to destroy the club’s wage structure, despite the Saudi riches that have seen Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood arrive this month for a combined £37million.

Trippier has become the club’s highest paid player, but his £100,000 a week wage is only a modest increase in his salary at Atletico Madrid, indicating Newcastle’s unwillingness to pay significantly above market rates despite their plight.

Wood has boosted weekly wages from £50,000 at Burnley to £85,000, putting him at the top of the pay scale at Newcastle alongside Joelinton.

Newcastle are determined the arrival of Chris Wood (pictured) and Kieran Trippier will not destroy the club's wage structure

Newcastle are determined the arrival of Chris Wood (pictured) and Kieran Trippier will not destroy the club’s wage structure

REBEL CLUBS IN EFL LEGAL BATTLE

The EFL faces the threat of legal challenge from Championship clubs over their refusal to make significant changes to profit and sustainability rules to take into account the financial impact of the pandemic.

About six clubs are said to have had initial talks over joint legal action to challenge the EFL’s allowable loss threshold, which is set at £39million over three years. The EFL plans to give clubs an additional fee of around £5million to cover the absence of tickets when crowds were banned last season.

The rebel clubs want additional leeway due to the Covid-induced collapse of the transfer market, which has left many of them unable to balance their books by selling players.

Derby and Reading have deducted points for crossing the loss threshold in recent years. Middlesbrough, Stoke and Bristol City are at risk of a breach in the next three-year cycle, judging by their most recently published accounts.

The FA plans to re-build all pitches at England’s World Cup training base in Qatar to ensure the turf matches that in the eight stadiums of the tournament.

The stadium pitches were re-landscaped ahead of last month’s Arab Cup, but the surfaces of the 32 training complexes are not an exact replica, so the FA will send a team of ground crews to Qatar to work on the training pitch after the World Cup draw in April.

England were able to deliver all their training sessions during last summer’s European Championship at St George’s Park, where the pitches are replicas of Wembley, and Gareth Southgate wants his players to benefit from the same consistency during the World Cup.

Southgate are hoping his base will be the Souq Al Wakra Tivoli hotel, 10 miles south of Doha, but the FA will make a final decision after the draw.

Gareth Southgate (pictured) Southgate hopes his base for the 2022 World Cup will be the Souq Al Wakra Tivoli hotel

Gareth Southgate (pictured) Southgate hopes his base for the 2022 World Cup will be the Souq Al Wakra Tivoli hotel

YULETIDE PAYS CARE AT LEEDS

A number of Leeds players were interrupted shortly before Christmas when they did not receive their pay on the same day as their pay slips, which arrived on 23 December.

However, despite the confusion in some quarters, Leeds paid their players on time on New Year’s Eve – they simply sent out pay slips earlier as the club offices were closed between Christmas and New Years.

No player complained, but the discrepancy raised the eyebrows of some of their agents.

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