No truth in McCann and Pato Rovers link

NO ROVER: Chris McCann
NO ROVER: Chris McCann

Despite rumours to the contrary, out of contract Clarets Chris McCann and Martin Paterson have not opened discussions with rivals Blackburn Rovers.

Speculation linked the pair to Burnley’s old enemy, causing upset among sections of the Clarets support, including legendary striker Andy Payton, who wrote on facebook: Speculation was so strong that Andy Payton posted on Facebook: “In my opinion as a former Burnley FC striker, knowing our history and the loyalty of the supporters and also having been lucky enough to have worn the claret and blue no. 10 shirt, scoring 82 times, the LAST thing on my mind would be even contemplating holding talks ??? with a certain club ten miles from Turf Moor!!! Don’t insult our tradition and our fans!!!!!”

But the players’ representative Gary Mellor knocked the rumours on the head: “Neither Chris McCann or Martin Paterson have spoken to Blackburn Rovers.”

McCann, who is free to leave the club after nine years in East Lancashire, has attracted interest from Premier League newcomer-time admirer Owen Coyle gets the vacant managerial post at the DW Stadium.

Paterson, meanwhile, is on honeymoon thinking over an improved contract offer to stay at Turf Moor, following further talks last Friday.