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Burnley and Bournemouth in spat over alleged illegal approach

Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell has accused Championship club Burnley of making an illegal approach for chief scout Des Taylor, an allegation the Clarets strenuously deny. Taylor resigned from his position with the Cherries after claiming the club would not be strengthening during the summer but Mitchell believes he quit after receiving an offer from Burnley.

The Turf Moor club have denied the accusations and a club statement said: "Burnley Football Club strongly refutes allegations made (Wednesday) by AFC Bournemouth chairman Mr Eddie Mitchell.

"In a statement on the AFC Bournemouth official website, Mr Mitchell accuses Burnley Football Club of being `underhand and unprofessional' and of making an illegal approach for chief scout Mr Des Taylor.

"This statement is factually incorrect in all regards to Burnley Football Club, which has not approached, nor offered Mr Taylor any position at Turf Moor. Nor, as alleged by Mr Mitchell, did Burnley Football Club utilise the services of Mr Taylor at the U21 European Championships in Denmark this summer.

"In closing, Burnley Football Club will always aim to be honest, open and professional in their dealings with other football clubs."

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