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The Weekend Managerial Turfection-Saturday

Keep coming back to this article over the weekend. As news breaks on our managerial targets in the media, Vital Burnley will update you and bring you the latest gossip and rumours.

Gary Neville

William Hill yesterday suddenly slashed the odds of Gary Neville being our new manager from a 50-1 outsider to 8-1.

It has of course been speculated in the media recently that Gary Neville would be hanging up his boots at the end of the season. The Manchester United and England international full back will be 35 next month and his contract will expire at the end of the season.

Sir Alex Ferguson was quick to scotch such rumours and said:

'There has not been a decision about Gary Neville.Why make a decision about his future when we don't need to? You don't make decisions like that in the middle of the season. It is a load of nonsense.'

It is unclear why Neville would be considered for the managerial role at Burnley when we are looking to fill this position within the next two weeks and he is still under contract as a player at Old Trafford. Also why would Burnley want to take the risk on someone with no managerial experience whatsoever when we are fighting for our Premier League survival?

You can imagine that the messageboards are rife with theories some even suggesting that what actually might be happening is that Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan has been targeted as our manager. If our former player and local lad should come to Turf Moor, the theory goes he might be tempted to bring Neville with him as his assistant and give him his first taste of managerial life.

Another connection could be Brendan Flood If you have read his book 'Big Club, Small Town and Me',it is clear that our Operations Director is buddy mates with Neville and they text each other on their mobiles. Flood also confirms in his book that he has a business relationship with both Neville and Giggs.

Very strange the odds should drop to that extent but it doesn't seem that Clarets fans in general are impressed by the possibility of Neville becoming our manager although the dream ticket of Phelan and Neville might be a different matter. Who knows we might even let Neville put his boots on now and again and shore up our defence?

Simon Grayson

Our friend Alan Nixon in the Mirror has been stirring it again today suggesting he knows what Burnley's intentions are to get a new manager in place.

He believes the Clarets can offer Simon Grayson five times his pay deal at Leeds and suggests he is our number one target

Nixon states cynically:

'The up-and-coming Yorkshireman is in pole position to land Owen Coyle's old post and the Premier League outfit could ironically flex their financial muscles to win the chase.'

Nixon also actually informs his public what we pay our managers, which I bet will go down like a house on fire at Burnley FC with them no doubt wondering where he has got the inside information from (I wonder!)

He reckons the job pays around 1 million-a-year with incentives something which he believes would be attractive to a manager from the lower leagues and especially Grayson who is on a low-paid contract at League One Leeds and also has to work on a limited budget.

I have to say I am fed up of Nixon coming across as the smug 'Mister Know It All' but even if there is an element of truth in his assertions would we really want a manager who has no experience of the Premier League and indeed would Grayson be willing to jump ship and do the dirty on a club (just like Coyle did to us) and be seduced by a bigger budget despite this still being the lowest in the Premier League?

Grayson has made strong hints he would like to see the job through at Elland Road and with Leeds currently top of League 1 get the side promoted to the Championship. He may well feel that Burnley could get relegated and be playing Leeds in the Championship next season anyway. If so he could think a move might not be worth the risk. Watch this space I guess!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 9 2010

Time: 8:11AM

Your Comments

Strewth what do the bookies know we dont?
Getting increasingly peed off with this Nixon now! hanging out our dirty washing so to speak.
Neville is a non starter for me, I can see him being the next manager in two weeks time just as likely as me to grow hair by then! Phelan and Neville? Why then the odds from the bookies as surely they would only pay out on Phelan? So don't get that one but would never say no. Grayson is too much Leeds to want away, just like Susan and Burnley. Oh did i forget to mention in the shower this morning I decided Owen Coyle was my hero up until the end of December 2009 when in my books he has a new life and a new new name Susan after you know who that singer woman I had a Dream lassie, bit of a Scottish stunner like my Susan.
I just wanted to highlight that TurfMoorMagnet claimed Alan Curbishley had been interviewed and will be offered the job early next week. He said this last night in the previous managerial turfection article but I think most will have missed it. Somebody suggested the same thing on the footymad forum - not that I am a member of this.
If its true CC2 then I for one will be delighted, Alan Curbishley coming north would be a major coup imo. Sadly I am not going to get too excited as I was a Susan fan and am still feeling blue..
Similarly to you VR, I would be delighted if Curbishley came so I will keep my fingers crossed until next week.
Paul Jewell would appear to have ruled himself out with some less than supportive comments about the club on Soccer Saturday.
I thought exactly the same thing. It would be impossible to appoint somebody who expects Bolton to finish above us.
Cannot see Neville being our next manager at all - Curbishley would be superb in my opinion!
Curbs...your enthusiasm! ;-)
You get worse Barnsey!
I just hope we get Mike Phelan...we can then sing:It's a new dawn It's a new day It's a new life For me And I'm PHELAN good
Derby losing 1-4 at home to Scunthorpe. I was nearby at Xmas and their fans were restless then... so Nigel Clough might be looking for a new job soon!!! Not. Everton meanwhile winning 2-1 at Emirates makes me feel rather better about our performance at Goodison. Maybe Wenger is looking for a new challenge? Oh heck... Ars equalise in injury time as I type, so maybe Arsene will struggle on.
Couch Potato
As long as the Gunners thrash Bolton in Coyle's debut in charge I am not bothered
They have a terrible record at Reebok tmp.
Couch Potato
By virtue of the fact Arsenal play football and Bolton play Rugby.
I'd be happy with Curbs very happy. I however have been tipped that Brian Laws in very much in the frame, which to me would show a lack of ambition on behalf of the Burnley board.
I would cry if Laws was appointed. His odds have shortened a lot too. :(
Well the Laws tip came from a source who I don't think I can reveal. But it is another clubs director (not PL).
I'm not a director? :-)
Unfortunatley not Phil, I'd have you as Burnley director though!
Oh sod it, I'll give another clue, they also play in claret and blue!
I can only think of Scunthorpe who play in Claret and Blue outside the top flight.
And claude has it in one! Good thinking. Good memories of Scunthorpe, mainly when we won promotion to championship at their ground.
Do you really want Phelen Phil? I thought you had concerns about an unproven manager? My personal opinion is that we shoulnt be giving this job to someone who hasnt managed before - Also ruling Stevie Davis ( my idol) out.
the talk in sheffield pubs is laws will be installed before Manure game
I wonder if whoever is appointed it will be a surprise to us. Last time there'd only been the slightest hint of his name going round, as best I remember.
Couch Potato
I think your right CP, but then in the 24 hours before-hand it did become quite strong that he was about to be given the job.
I remember Brian Laws as a young full back and have always followed his career since he played for us. But I can't see that he would be a positive appointment to either keep us in the Premier League or have a good stab at promotion next season if we are relegated. It amazes me that someone who was sacked by one club a month or so ago can be in line for a swift return at another one. Nothing against him as a person - but I don't think he is our man.
Laws would not be for me, no Prem experience and failed at Championship level. To answer Dale,Phelan would have at least Prem experience with a top four club and must have seen quite a few things under Sir Alex that could benefit the Clarets. Plus he will have some good contacts and access to Sir Alex should we want to sort out Man U loans/transfers.Rather Phelan than an untried manager from lowel leagues
Phelan for me too, must have learnt a lot under Sir Alex, has Burnley links, would strengthen links with Man U, and if could he persuade a strong, experienced defender to come. Could be good.
Agree Cornwall Claret. By the way welcome to VB, you might like to have a chat with jjokocha, he's a Claret based in your area

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