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Rigg Covering All Bases

Rigg Covering All Bases

Burnley’s new technical director Mike Rigg says he is making contingency plans for anything that might occur in the transfer window.

Rigg was appointed in late November and has already begun work on possible additions to Sean Dyche’s squad in January.

The Lancashire outfit have struggled and sit in 17th place in the Premier League standings after 16 games and will be hoping to fight their way up the table during the second half of the campaign.

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The winter window can be a minefield for clubs as they plan for one eventuality only to be pressurised into selling a player they wanted to keep, and Rigg has made it clear he has plenty of options up his sleeve.

“What we try to never do is react just off one position. What we try to do is try to have options for every scenario,” he told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“So if, for example, Manchester City come in and say ‘We want to buy Ben Mee back and we’ll give you £100million’, we’ve got to be in a position where, all right, we never thought we were going to lose Ben Mee, but what’s our plan?

“It’s no good me going back (to the manager) and saying ‘we didn’t think of that because we were focusing on a defensive central midfielder’. So the system has to be there to plan for all eventualities.”

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