Chairman is backing the boys to stay up

New Clarets' co-chairman John Banaszkiewicz.
New Clarets' co-chairman John Banaszkiewicz.
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Clarets co-chairman John Banaszkiewicz has no doubt the players will give everything they have to win their survival fight.

Turf Moor will be sold out tomorrow night for the televised clash with Manchester City, and Banaszkiewicz hopes a vocal home support will help inspire a famous result against the champions.

Burnley lie 19th in the table, three points behind Aston Villa in 17th, although Villa are at Sunderland - who are four points clear of the Clarets - tomorrow afternoon.

But with 10 games to go to secure safety, and a lucrative second season in the Premier League, Banaszkiewicz said: “We’re in for a big scrap - it’s going to be a fight right to the end.

“The team has fought valiantly all season, and I have every confidence the lads will be ready for the challenge of the last 10 games.

“Turf Moor will be packed to the rafters tomorrow, and hopefully the atmosphere will be buzzing, and the fans get right behind the team and help inspire them.”

Life-long supporter Banaszkiewicz co-founded Freight Investor Services Ltd UK in 2002, and the company expanded from its London base with branches and trading associates in the United States, Greece, Japan and Singapore.

He has encountered a number of football fans on his business travels around the world.

And he gets the sense that the neutrals would love to see the Clarets defy the odds and beat the drop: “The team have won so many plaudits over the season, and I get the impression everyone wants us to stay up when I meet them.

“People seem to have a soft spot for the club and what we have achieved.”