Managerial Turfection Titbits-Friday Jan 8th
We continue to provide snippets of media speculation and news as Burnley's search for a new manager hots up. The article will be regularly updated during the day as news and gossip unfolds so please keep coming back to check
Simon Grayson (Leeds United)
Burnley want to talk to Simon Grayson, the current manager of Leeds United according to the Daily Mirror today. They state that Brendan Flood wants to make an approach to Grayson or his agent once Coyle`s on-hold move to Bolton is finalised.
Grayson has steered Leeds United to the top of League 1 this season and is hot property unlikely to be released by Leeds without a fight.
The 40 year old manager made his name with Blackpool and the Clarets were also looking at him as a possible candidate last time round before Coyle got the job.
He joined Leeds United in a fairly acrimonius deal with Blackpool in December 2008. Blackpool at first did not allow Grayson to have talks with the Yorkshire club and then they would not accept his resignation.They finally settled the dispute and allowed him to leave Bloomfield Road for an undisclosed fee.
Grayson although proving his worth as a League 1/Championship manager has again no Premier League pedigree so once more this would be a gamble in my opinion.
Paulo Sousa (Swansea)
Sousa, although ambitious and keen to be a Premier League manager would appear to be more keen to do this via getting Swansea promoted than jumping ship but as we all know managers will say anything in their attempt to prove their false loyalty.
Having been connected with the vacancy at Burnley he said:
"It`s something I appreciate because it`s recognition that we are doing well and people are aware of our work," said Sousa, while adding he had not received any contact from Burnley FC..
"It`s important to hear these things. Recognition is one of the most important things in your work. We need to feel proud of this.
"It means it is recognition for the work we are all doing. We are in a good place and I am happy.
"Managing Swansea is my ambition. I came here with my ambitions and a desire to do well and I am happy at that and also happy because I see interest in my players from other clubs. This is important recognition.
"My interest is doing our work well because this is what I love to do, this is where my passion is.
"And I will respect my club, my players and myself as a manager to doing the best for the club. This is what I am concentrating on.
"And, with respect, I am Swansea manager and that is all I am concentrating on."
Contrast those words with Owen Coyle who only at the end of last year said:
"I enjoy being at the football club, I enjoy my work and coming through the door every morning".
Ian Holloway (Blackpool)
Holloway is the latest to deny any interest in the vacancy at Turf Moor.
"It is very flattering but I am not going anywhere," he told the Blackpool Gazette.
"I am more than happy and I am afraid the chairman will need a hell of a tub of cream to get rid of me - I'm like a bad rash and not easily curable."
Paul Lambert (Norwich)
It looks like the current Norwich City manager won't be doing the Lambert walk over to Turf Moor either.
"I love it here,(Norwich)" Lambert told The Pink'un. "There is a great rapport with people and this football club is a special place and the fans and the players, with what they're doing, have been absolutely terrific so I'm not going anywhere.
"I'm staying. I hear people say I have not stayed at clubs for a long time. I stayed at Wycombe for a couple of years. Colchester I left because I was told I could come and speak to Norwich. But I am certainly not going to leave this club, no."
So it would appear another manager from the lower divisions has wimped out of the responsibility of potentially managing a club in the Premier League!