Clarets co-chairman John Banaszkiewicz has revealed that the excitement and anticipation of tomorrow’s fixture unveiling has encapsulated the Turf Moor boardroom.
The club’s fate for the 2014/15 Premier League campaign, which gets underway on August 16th, will be revealed at 9 a.m. where champions and Capital One Cup victors Manchester City, FA Cup winners Arsenal, as well as Liverpool, Chelsea, Everton, Spurs and Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United will all form part of the forthcoming schedule.
During the 2009/10 term in England’s top tier under Owen Coyle, Burnley amassed 12 points from their opening 10 fixtures that included games against United and the Toffees on home soil, in addition to trips to Stamford Bridge, Anfield and White Hart Lane.
However, Banaszkiewicz is ready to welcome whatever challenge awaits Sean Dyche’s side.
“It’s going to be an exciting summer and an exciting season,” he said. “Our first game at home last time we were in the Premier League was Manchester United. Whoever comes up first it’s going to be a huge challenge but we’re all looking forward to it.
“It would be good to get Manchester United first, or maybe Chelsea. The main focus is on ourselves though, but we want to make Turf Moor a fortress and make it difficult for the opposing teams.”
With the average attendance at Turf Moor amounting to 20,654 last time, Banaszkiewicz added: “We’re looking forward to the atmosphere that comes with filling the stadium because that 12th man makes it a bit more intimidating for the high paid players that’ll be coming to Turf Moor.”
Meanwhile, the co-chairman admits that preparations for the new campaign are picking up pace.
Talks are believed to be at an advanced stage with boss Dyche over a contract extension – with a year remaining on the LMA Manager of the Year nominee’s current deal – while the club is still hopeful of enticing striker Danny Ings and long-serving defender Michael Duff to renewed terms.