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Burnley confident of keeping Nugent

And I think it is no surprises that they are so confident, right?

Burnley manager Owen Coyle had recently said that the wanted to sign Dave Nugent on a permanent basis, and this has been back up by Burnley chairman Barry Kilby who is also keen to secure his signature.

He feels that Nugent would jump at the chance to join Burnley no questions asked, so long as a deal can be agreed with us: 'we're in discussions with Owen now to see what we can do.

'We're sitting down and seeing where we can strengthen.

'I think David would come here like a shot and we'd like him here but we'd have to negotiate with Portsmouth when his deal is up.'

Clearly things have not, and will not, work out with him at Pompey so it is best for all concerned for him to move on - and move on permanently, although we WILL be keen to recoup as much as we can, right?

You can argue 'he was not given a proper go' as a striker, which he probably was not, but then again you can also say that 'if' you are a striker when presented with chances - and he had some absolutely sitters - you 'should' be able to do better regardless as to what position you are actually assigned to.

I was one of those, one of many that desperately wanted it to work for Nugent with us, the truth is this was probably the wrong move for him, of course Harry Redknapp's treatment of him early on maybe broke him beyond repair.

If truth be known stories that have been told direct to me, and others that I know - from those who would know - seem to suggest that he only joined Pompey because he was being pressured into a decision from another manager that would not wait for him to decide what he was going....

Although I would seriously question the 'suggestion' coming out that Coyle feels Nugent CAN play against us next weekend!

I know in the championship you can face you parent club, but that is ONLY if this is agreed at the time of the loan - premier league rules are different though as you are not allowed, under any circumstance, to face you parent club are you?


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 26 2009

Time: 10:29AM

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DAVID Nugent is available to play for Burnley when he faces his parent club, Portsmouth, next weekend. The 24-year-old has managed to avoid a clause preventing him from featuring against Pompey, who he joined for £6million in July 2007 from Preston but has since made only 18 league starts. Restrictions have previously been imposed to avoid players meeting their employers after making temporary moves between Premier League clubs. But Nugent’s free reign has added weight to the belief that the one-cap England forward will make his switch to Turf Moor permanent when the transfer window opens in January. “As far as I’m concerned he is a Burnley player,” said Clarets boss Owen Coyle, who fended off competition from Wigan Athletic and Hull City to secure the striker on loan until January on transfer deadline day. “There was nothing in the deal to say he couldn’t play against Portsmouth.” Nugent’s struggle for starts has continued since beating the summer transfer cut-off by a matter of minutes in early September. Match fitness was a concern when the Liverpudlian first arrived, but his place among the substitutes has more recently been down to the excellent form of record Steven Fletcher in a lone striker role. Nevertheless, he has continued to win admirers with his impact and performances from the bench – notably two second-half goals in a 3-1 win over Sunderland on his home debut - and the player, manager and board are keen to make the move permanent. Meanwhile, Coyle is hoping for a triple New Year boost as Martin Paterson, Chris McCann and Jay Rodriguez make progress on their road to recovery. Paterson and McCann were both ruled out for three months with knee injuries – Paterson’s is cartilage damage and McCann’s a medial ligament problem. Rodriguez has been sidelined with a broken ankle he suffered in a reserve game against Hull City in late September. But Coyle believes they are all on schedule. “I don’t want to be putting them under pressure by setting dates,” he said. “When they first get injured you always get estimates, and where we are now we’re pleased with how they’re progressing. “There haven’t been any setbacks, so in the next two or three weeks we’ll probably start to ask more questions of them; step things up a bit. “They are three young, talented players who would give us a timely boost.”
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26/11/2009 10:45:00

looks like nugent will score the winner against us then. like roberts & fuller did
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26/11/2009 10:46:00

unless we have actually sold and not loaned nugent he CANNOT play against us - if he does then the premier league have screwed us over big time as they have previously prevented us from letting loan players face them, as they have others...
i am nearly 100% premier league rules prevent this.
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26/11/2009 10:48:00

Premier League Rules???? they seem to be able to enforce them against us ok. Or am I just being cynical. As for Nugget, total waste of £6million quid, get shot as soon as we can. I've never known a player who can fall over his own feet so much, especially when facing an open goal mouth.
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26/11/2009 11:16:00

How can premier league rules allow Nugent to play against us when Defoe wasn't allowed to play against Spurs despite having signed a permanent deal. Because he initially signed on loan Defoe wasn't eligible to play for us. Yet another example of rules only being applied when it is to our cost.
Steve C
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26/11/2009 11:26:00

Well Corny, I reckon a contender for the "falling over crown" has to be Emile Heskey, and he is stronger than Nugget.
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26/11/2009 11:32:00

hatrick for nugent next week it is then.
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26/11/2009 11:37:00

How much of Nugents Pompey contract is left to run? His high wages have been a past stumbling block to any move.
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26/11/2009 11:56:00

a couple of years i would think...
nugent CANNOT play against us, i have had the club confirm this to me.
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26/11/2009 12:36:00

I would love him to play against us cos he is worse than the sh:t on my shoe
Super Bock 1898
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26/11/2009 15:03:00

Point to you there Mike!!! I forgot all about Heskey.
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27/11/2009 09:43:00

i've heard Nuge has ring a ring of roses as his ring tone!
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27/11/2009 11:13:00

He cannot play against us if he's on loan - it doesn't matter what his individual loan deal says, and if Burnley play him they'll be in no end of trouble. As for them keeping him, PS said a little while ago that he has no future at Pompey. It seems the incident in Portugal sealed that. I wanted it to work out for him too, but it never did, he fell over more than he hit the net and appears to have turned out to be a bit of a trouble-maker. So Burnley, you can have him - PAY US MONEY!!!!!
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