Coyle ignores Pompey finance woe

Burnley manager Owen Coyle insists Portsmouth‘s financial problems are a side issue ahead of Saturday’s match at Fratton Park.

Coyle takes his side to the south coast looking for their first Premier League away win of the season.

However, their hosts are having more off-field problems with the club last night confirming their players had not been paid for a second time in two months.

Pompey say the squad should receive most of their November salaries today after a delay for an as yet unspecified reason.

Financial pressures are something Coyle knows all about, working with the smallest budget in the top flight, but he is focused on football.

“Portsmouth is my concern on Saturday – playing against them but not overall how they go about their business,” said the Clarets boss, whose side are currently 12th in the table.

“My focus is on Burnley Football Club and that’s what we concentrate on.

“I have sat and listened about this club is in financial trouble or that club is in financial trouble. We just concern ourselves with Burnley.

“We are not a club that’s paying forty, fifty, sixty-thousand pounds a week to players that might put you in that financial situation.

“We concentrate on trying to run our football as well as we can and make a fist of what we’ve got.

“I don’t think my players have been given enough credit for what they’ve done and the budget we have tried to work under and we will continue to do that.”