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Who Will Kilby Choose for the Managerial Hot Seat?

With Owen Coyle going from Hero to Zero and from God to Sod in under a week, the Clarets are now seeking a new manager and already the speculation in the media is hotting up. We take a look at some of the rumoured front-runners at this early stage.

Chief Coach Steve Davis is the obvious candidate to take over as caretaker until the mess that Coyle has left us with is sorted out. The assumption is that assistant manager, Sandy Stewart would eventually follow his mentor to Bolton but there is of course no certainty of that and he could even become our new manager although that seems unlikely. The other main question regarding Steve Davis though would be whether he would be willing to take over as caretaker only to realise once more that someone will be brought in over his head. He may have greater ambitions now and some early rumblings suggest he might be tempted to follow Coyle to Bolton. I don`t think too many Clarets would be too upset if Kilby decided to give Steve Davis a chance. They could allow him to be in charge until the end of the season before reviewing the situation depending on whether we survive in the top flight or not. He has been close of course to Coyle`s tactics and may be able to continue in that vein. The big question though is whether Steve would be just as good a motivator of the players as Coyle seemed to be and that could be a vital test with I suspect quite a bit of low morale around the place already affecting the players after Coyle`s departure. Davis is currently in third place with the Bookies who put him at 6-1 to take over.

The other question of course is whether Coyle was actually being that effective with his tactics in the top flight. Maybe we have all been blinkered by Coyle`s enthusiasm and motivation. Despite some excellent results especially at Fortress Turf Moor, the fact remains we have still not won away from home in the Premier League yet and at the moment are just two points clear of the drop zone with no league win now in nine games. Do we need a manager who knows how to grind out results and offer more of a Plan B especially on the road? If we do, would Steve Davis be the man for the job?

There is strong speculation in the media that the Clarets will once more be looking for a young, enthusiastic up-and-coming manager from the lower or Scottish leagues. Of course many Clarets fans will simply take that to be double-speak for the cheapest option but with the best will in the world you could never see Burnley being able to afford and secure the services of someone like 'Sparky` could you? Nor do I think Mark Hughes would be remotely interested in coming to Turf Moor but you never know, he certainly has a pedigree of playing for and managing clubs in the North West.

What sort of manager do we need then? My own feeling is it would be risky to go with a manager who has no experience of the Premier League. We are in the mother of all battles to avoid relegation and survive in the Premier League; surely we need someone with a track record of success in the top flight.

My own preferred choice would be Steve Coppell, he did marvellous things with Reading in their first season in the top flight. The Royals under Coppell finished in eighth place, just one point short of UEFA Cup qualification although of course their second season was less successful and they were relegated. It could be difficult to tempt Coppell up north though; he seems to have a preference for clubs in the South East. He had four spells at Crystal Palace in addition to one at Brentford, Brighton and Reading. He was in charge of Manchester City in October 1996 but he lasted just 33 days and 6 games saying he left due to the 'pressure of the job`. The Lancashire Telegraph today though report that Coppell has moved into top spot as the Bookies favourite to replace Coyle at 5-2

One controversial manager in the frame could be current Crystal Palace boss, Neil Warnock. Over the years he has not endeared himself to the Clarets faithful especially during his time at Sheffield United when he famously had a few spats with then Burnley manager, Stan Ternent. I have to say I have warmed to him recently and he certainly has a positive attitude in terms of an attacking entertaining-style of play. I have followed his column in Saturday`s Independent for some time and he comes across as a witty, intelligent and charming bloke who incidentally is often very complimentary about the Clarets.

The second favourite to take over at the moment at 3-1 is current assistant manager at Manchester United, Mike Phelan. He would be a popular choice being a former player for the Clarets between 1979-1985 and a local boy born in Nelson. This could certainly be the challenge and step-up that Phelan might want at this stage of his career. He is unlikely to ever succeed Sir Alex at Old Trafford.

Talking about Ferguson we better mention here that his son, Darren can be ruled out now despite being a favourite for the Burnley vacancy at one stage Darren Ferguson, the former Peterborough gaffer now looks set to take over this week as manager of Preston North End.

So who else is in the frame? Well the latest betting suggests Peter Reid, 9-1 Alan Curbishley, 10-1 Gareth Southgate and Paul Jewell Jewell & Reid always seem to come up and indeed both were interviewed for the job last time before it was offered to Coyle. Having read Brendan Flood`s book though (Big Club, Small Town & Me) both these characters are not portrayed very well.

Some other players are rumoured to be in the frame though. The Sun believes Blackpool's Ian Holloway, Swansea boss Paolo Sousa and Leeds chief Simon Grayson are in our sights but do we really want to take the chance on a manager from the Championship or lower divisions when we are fighting for our lives in the top flight?

The same applies to Hibs boss John Hughes who has also now been linked in the media. Hughes has apparently been recommended by Coyle as his successor but why should we take the word of a manager that is now discredited in the eyes of many Clarets fans and is going to a rival club who are also in the relegation dogfight and a direct competitor? Coyle and Hughes worked together as co-managers at Falkirk in 2003 and it is understood that Hughes has a similar football philosophy in terms of an attacking style of play. There is no doubt that Hughes has been successful in his career to date but we are talking success in the SPL and Scottish leagues which is hardly at the same level of quality as the Premier League in England. The former Falkirk manager took over as Hibs manager at the start of the current season. He has steered the Edinburgh side to third place in the SPL but they are currently 14 points adrift of second-placed Celtic.

Some Clarets fans have suggested bringing Kevin Keegan back into football management and that would certainly be a high-profile appointment. Keegan`s last role as manager was at stricken Newcastle United. He joined them for a second spell at the club in January 2008 having been out of football for almost three years. It was not a successful return though and eight months later he resigned having fallen out with the Board.

Sean O`Driscoll is another manager we have been linked with in the media. The former Bournemouth manager has been in charge at Doncaster Rovers since 2006 and in his first full season steered them to promotion from League 1 via the play-offs at Wembley. Their progress in the Championship since that time has been steady if not spectacular. They now seem an established mid-table side and are currently 14th in the table.

Finally if you really want a long shot, how about former gaffer Steve Cotterill?

Yes, I can hear the laughter already but think about it. Cotterill is used to working with no money, he had to operate during his time with us on far less money than Coyle ever got and he kept us up by grinding out results. It might not have been pretty but it set the seeds for future success with Coyle inheriting a squad of players brought in by Cotterill; a squad which has been mainly retained up to this day and we are now in the top flight. Cotterill would know both what to expect and most of the players already. He would also be cheap!

Anyway, let us have your thoughts on who you would like to succeed Coyle. You can comment below this article, post on the various threads already started in the forums and vote in our Poll in the Backchat Burnley forum

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 6 2010

Time: 10:22AM

Your Comments

Did I miss anybody? :-)
What about Gary Megson? ;)
Oh no please not NW, he's got such a kind face the kind that I would like to slap lol. Although maybe if he proved himself I would warm to him.
If Megson came here he would certainly get more respect than he ever got at Bolton and maybe his more defensive style of play is what we need to grind out a few results on the road and ultimately survive the drop. He wouldn't be my first choice though by any means
Excellent words these - much more interesting than the drivel that has appeared in the papers and on the telly over the last couple of days. I'm a bit like the bloke on The Fast Show at the moment as every time someone mentions a name I agree that he could be the one to take on the Turf Moor hotseat ! Suppose the only one you have missed is Derek McInnes but I think he is too close to Coyle and suspect Kilby and Flood will go for someone with Premier League experience anyway. My heart is still with Keegan but realistically Jewell, Curbishley or Warnock are more likely contenders. Sean O'Driscoll is definitely someone who could be one for the future.
I can see you lot getting cotteril back, apart from that long spell without a win, he didnt do too bad. otherwise Megson could get a go, as well as Jewell, warnock, grayson or ince
Paul Ince ????!!!!?????
Theres lots of names being banded about by the press. To go off the subject slightly I am not a happy bunny as a columnist in the mirror has written and I quote "A desire to leave Burnley is understandable - it's the only thing to do if you ever find ourself there" Grrrrrrrrrr
I'm a bit like you, Twickers! There are a few I wouldn't mind too much: Coppell, Curbishley, O'Driscoll, Hughes (J), Warnock, Sousa, Clark, and probably one or two more. No thanks to Ince, Reid, McInnes, Cotterill, Keegan. Undecided about Jewell. (Have heard rumours about his ego!)
The Mirror columnist is clearly someone of little imagination, taste, style or substance, and probably spends all day looking in their mirror thinking its wonderful.
Couch Potato
Are we still paying Cotterill?
Couch Potato
Anybody noticed Sven turned up on the betting yesterday?? Amusing but rubbish. He's a money chaser and he wouldn't get much here.
Really he could bring Ade Akinbiyi back with him! Yes, I am joking
Who ever it is let's get them in as fast as possible and try to move on, My choice would be Simon Grayson but if Micky Phelon gets the nod I may post a picture of me and him here on VB
Og go on, post th pic now 8c8.
Couch Potato
Micky Phelan a Nelson boy like myself although he did go to Primet if my memory serves me right. I am seriously just going to leave it to the blokes who got us Coyle and trust them and support them even if it is Colin.
Only if he gets the nod CP ;-)
Right, that's it. I was having trouble making my mind up. But now I'm for Phelan. :) Anyone got Kilby's phone number?
Couch Potato
Manchester United assistant coach Mike Phelan is the bookies’ favourite to replace Bolton bound Owen Coyle at Burnley according to the Manchester Evening News. Odds slashed from 12/1 to 3/1 in a matter of days
Oh heck it is looking increasingly likely I may have to dig said photo out
Have to say the results of our poll so far on front page have me puzzled.Jewell is out in front by a country mile on over 40% with nobody else in sight
Feel sorry for you lot, as a Pompey fan i will never forget when Spurs nicked Harry. Luckily for you lot though, Coyle did not rack up a massive wage bill and then leave you in the myre like Harry did to us, but all the same its not nice whn hese things happen. As for Nugent, lets hope your new manager wants him as he burnt his breeches with us down here. Silly comments when he only went on loan, should have waited till he was sold but hey ho, thats what you get now-adays i guess. Lots of money going to those with little between the ears. STill hope all goes well and hope you get the right guy in. And Bolton? Why Bolton? they are lower in the league than you, and not what i would call a BIG TEAM?
Tell me about it Midge. We believe Coyle chose Bolton because they are going to give him mega-bucks to spend on players summat he wasn't getting at Burnley. We had the smallest budget in the League £14m I beleive whereas Bolton have at least 3x that. Sounds like they will have to sell Cahill though for £15m to cover some of their losses with debt hanging over them. Thanks for your best wishes. Please stay up at the expense of Bolton [Edited by turfmanphil]
£15 for Cahill? Here's £30, can I have two, please? ;)
Dont know what you mean! (whistle!!)
I've got to say Phil, I do think somebody has rigged the poll vote somehow. Everybody was quite even at one stage then Jewell shot to about 50%. Id recomend an enquiry into that one! I have been quite vocal about my choice in Steve Coppell, just getting him up north. Think he would play attacking football but add steel! The problem is Warnock is Im still loyal to Stan Ternent and it would take a bit for me to come round, but I would...eventually. Steve Davis I wouldn't mind giving a shot, he's been at Burnely for years he was my fave player and I think the players respect him, Caldwell calls him Skip on website today. I wouldn't wnat Jewell and by sound of it neither does flood. As for Sven i mentioned him on VB yesterday the bookies must follow this site!! Thats why Coppell's shot up to fave as well as I mention him every post! Haha!
Nobody can rig the poll not even me and anyway I too want Coppell!! ;-) The only thing that could be happening is that non-Clarets could be voting but it does look odd
Can you vote twice?
just wanted to echo midges sentiments really, hope you can find another manager to keep ya up, i think Coppell would be a fantastic catch but anyone from that list wouldn't be too bad imo, maybe you should try sparky i hear he's got no job lol, anyway GL with the rest of the season guys
Cheers Pompeym, would be good if we could both stay up at the expense of Rovers, Wolves and Bolton! Good luck except of course when you play us at Turf next month
Maybe Warnock has got his friends to vote for him?
Couch Potato
CP does Warnock have any friends? lol
Good point! Meantime, stirring words from Kilby and Flood now on official Bfc site. Have only read the text so far, but looking forward to listening to them later on. (Can't do that at work!) And Stevie D now in charge till a new appointment made. Great. Onwards and upwards!
Couch Potato
Hope we get Mr Right
Grimsby Claret
Stevie, Stevie Davis! According to SSN Kilby wants next boss in within two weeks. If Sat's game goes ahead, that might give Mr Davis two games. What if he does the unimaginable and beats both Stoke and Man Utd. Interesting thought! They are stirring words from Flood as well!
Club saying they want to appoint new manager within 2 weeks. First game could be baptism of fire against Man U at Old Trafford. Would be interesting if it was Phelan then! Steve Davis confirmed as in charge for Stoke as caretaker supported by Phil Hughes
Sorry skutter you beat me to it
Hey! I was first!!! :)
Couch Potato
Its good all this quick posting malarkey isn't it! I agree with you though Phil if we get Phelan that would be interesting and CP was first with the stirring words.
The Kevin Keegan option seems a goer as his football school in Scotland has shut down and i think he will be wanting to replenish his coffers, a nice bonus for keeping you in the Prem' will be a good carrot to entice him in......
"The Mirror columnist is clearly someone of little imagination, taste, style or substance, and probably spends all day looking in their mirror thinking its wonderful. Couch Potato" Now you know that all mirror "journos" are manure fans! As for Phelan, do you think that's wise? His time at manure has seen the beginning of their decline, surely he must be partly responsible?
Another name......Walter Smith is operating without a contract at Glasgow Rangers and could be lured away with the offer of managing a Prem team in the twilight of his career.....
Just listened to Barry Kilby and Brendan Flood and watched their body language too. I know they are both Claret and Blue to the core, Owen these boys hope you get relegated with Bolton. Those two are not the only ones either. BK can't understand the sideways move....and Brendan reckons we will not have to pay to advertise the post......excellent stuff lol.
Coyle now wants us to lose all our games thats sad but must be true. think about it. Bolton you have lost almost as many friends as Coyle in the football world.
Grimsby Claret
I still can't fathom out why Coyle left!
For what it is worth I think he may have been challenged by some of the board about away form, squad rotation and questioned on why we need Nugent when we are conceding at over 2 goals a game, perhaps he may have been asked what he planned to do with the defence. Just maybe questions like this of the great man tipped the balance, toys and rattle and I'm off to talk to my mates Nixo and Garto.......its my take on how it may have been perhaps?
I'm not convinced that a long term appointment is sensible right now. We have been thrust into this situation and it has caught us completely off guard. Are we in a good state to make a long term decision. A quick fix is needed, until the end of the season. I know he courts controversy but one thing about Neil Warnock is that he will make the players feel 7 ft tall and in the light of what goes on I think this is important. I'd like us to speak to him. I heard Brian Laws was 7/2 !!
It'll be interesting to see how Steve Davis gets on in his temporary role. The fans like him & personally so do I. Reckon he deffo has the loyalty factor but it'll take more than that to succeed. What's the story on his management skills/experience? Can any of you guys 'n' gals see him as a full time gaffer?
Brompton Claret
i would like paul jewlell as our new manager
Norwich City have issued a statement to confirm they have received no approach for manager Paul Lambert. The Canaries chief has been heavily backed at some bookmakers to succeed Owen Coyle but what would we want with a guy who has no experience of Prem and is only currently at a League 1 club?
yeah don`t take our manager he`s crap. Norwich City fan All the best Burnley
I think you will be safe ratpack! I think and hope the Board would think it would be too risky taking on Lambert at this stage. He has no Championship experience let alone Prem
Though Paul Lambert HAS played at a decent level. I remember going to a Champions League semi for at Old Trafford 10-12 years ago when he was playing for Borussia Dortmund. Doesn't mean he is guaranteed to be a top manager of course but I agree with Phil that this job is probably a bit early. However, my Norwich sympathies, founded on three and a half years living there, mean that I hope he takes them back up this year. I think he will too.
cheers rickers for that and i hope you stay in the prem. You look a handy side at home from what i`ve seen on motd. Howabout mark hughes? out of work live in the area (or near) his backroom staff are also free. And i think he isn`t a bad manager at every club he has had a little success.

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