Burnley boss admits transfer struggle

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Burnley boss Owen Coyle admits he may struggle to sign even Coca-Cola Championship players due to the financial constraints at Turf Moor.

The Clarets look in need of some new blood after the 2-0 defeat at Wolves on Sunday means they have gone seven matches without a win. Coyle has nothing but praise for the commitment of his players during the first half of the season after gaining promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

But he concedes the smallness of his budget could make it difficult to strengthen, even if he hunts for signings below the top flight.

Coyle said: "We have the smallest squad in the division. We have got players who are ready to give everything they've got. We will continue to do our best game in and game out. We never got to our best against Wolves but, when we have done, we've shown we can win points."

He continued: "We've got 19 points and, let's be honest, it's 19 more points than anyone would have given us credit for.

"But we have a budget which is not even a Championship budget. If I go and try to sign players from the Championship I might struggle.

"Some of them are on better salaries than what our boys are on in the Premier League. The established clubs, like Blackburn and Bolton, have three times our budget

"But we've shown our quality. We will try to do it under those financial restrictions and what this group of players have done to this point is fantastic."

Burnley have taken only one point on their travels from nine games - a 3-3 draw at Manchester City - and have also conceded 29 goals in the process.

It is in stark contrast to their form at Turf Moor, where they have collected 18 of their 19 points.

But Coyle insisted: "It is not a psychological thing for me or a mental thing. Home and away it shouldn't be any different in terms of trying to win games. I accept everyone loves home advantage in the Premier League but it is still the same principles, defend well one end and take your chances at the other."

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