Changes at NNN

No Nay Never is five years old this summer and throughout that time it’s been run by a core team that make decisions about the site. There are five of us in that team now, with three of us having been involved since the very beginning.

Running NNN is usually incredibly rewarding and we’ve done some great things over the years. So far we’ve interviewed then-CEO Lee Hoos twice, spoken to a number of former players including Clarke Carlisle, made a film, and, most importantly, published hundreds and hundreds of opinion articles on a range of issues. We’d like to think we’ve raised the bar for Burnley-related discussion and debate online (though some will disagree!).

But it turns out running such a site has taken a lot out of us in a number of ways. The most obvious of these is time constraints – while five people officially run the site, we are understandably limited in how much time they can spend working on the site. There’s also money: unfortunately no one gets paid for doing this site, and at some point it simply doesn’t make sense any more for people to give up a load of their time to run the site, even though our sponsors cover our running costs. Essentially, we all have other commitments now and we just can’t give NNN the time and attention required to keep standards as high as we’d like.

We’ve also regularly faced sometimes unwarranted criticism on places like Twitter. Although this is a part of being on the internet in 2015 and we all have a thickish skin, it doesn’t do any good for our motivation to keep going. Constructive feedback is one thing, but being abused for putting forward or even publishing an opinion is another. NNN was always about opinions, after all.

So with all this in mind, we’re shaking things up.

Here’s what’s happening:

  • The blog side of NNN is stopping indefinitely. We’ve traditionally focused on the blog as the main aspect of the site, but editing articles is a big time sink.
  • The archive of the blog will continue to be online as it is at the moment, but it has relocated to a new URL: blog.nonaynever.net.
  • You’ll probably still see us answering questionsfor other fan blogs and appearing in the actual media from time to time.
  • The award-nominated podcast will continue as usual. Guests always welcome.
  • The podcast site is now hosted at www.nonaynever.net, where the blog used to be.
  • Our Twitter will continue doing what it’s doing: newz, viewz, bantz etc. Sorry, haters. We’ll do live match coverage there too whenever we can to replace NNN Live.

And that’s it. We’re hoping that by shuttering the blog side we can use the time we save have to consolidate our efforts in making the (award-nominated) podcast even better.

Please do give listening to the podcast a shot if you haven’t already. It’s great to listen to when you’re travelling, or doing chores around the house, or in bed, or wherever really. The podcast will be back soon.

Lastly, thanks to everyone who has read the site, commented on articles, listened to the podcast and contributed to the community we hope NNN has been for the last five years. We couldn’t have done it without you. Cheers.

Jamie Smith, Adam Haworth, Kevin Robinson, James Bird and Michael Bailey.

Good Luck Danny

Back in March 2014 I said that Danny Ings would be the first Burnley player since Martin Dobson to earn a full England call-up. It turns out it was Tom Heaton so maybe my crystal ball was slightly distorted. However, I still believe that he will get a first cap and probably sooner rather than later now he is joining Liverpool.

I make no secret of the fact that I am a massive Danny Ings fan, ever since I saw him come off the bench in a reserve game at Chorley against Preston North End. He was relatively unknown back then. I don’t think I knew much about him to be honest. But his feet did the talking. He was quick, agile and had great vision. Which generally mean you should be a decent ball basher.

People have criticised him for running his contract down, but they would have criticised him and the Club more if he’d left before it ended. Footballers can’t win in this department. Damned if they do and damned if they don’t. But can you really blame him for wanting to progress his career? I think its great credit to Burnley Football Club that we keep getting top notch strikers on their way up the ladder. The likes of Jay Rod, Charlie and Fletcher too if I’m being honest. At least we tend not to be getting the journeymen on the way back down. And before anyone mentions he who shall not be named, I have erased him from my memory barring a hat-trick against PNE.

Ings should also be praised for his humility. Few could argue that he has not been a superb ambassador for the Club with his tireless work for local charities and passion for helping kids less fortunate.

I will always be grateful to him for taking the time to send me a get well soon card when I was seriously ill. The fact that my mum wrote to him was quite embarrassing especially as he probably thought I was about ten years old. But no matter. It still cheered me up and one day I hope I will be able to thank him personally.

I am genuinely be sorry to see Danny leave, although my nephew isn’t because he, like his dad, is also a Liverpool fan. But whatever happens he will always be the man who scored the winner against THEM to finally get the monkey off our backs.

I will make one final prediction about our Danny. He will score the winner in the Euro 2016 final.

Once a Claret always a Claret. Good luck Danny.