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Monday Managerial Turfection-Week 2

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

Yesterday was not a good day for Clarets fans, a day that once more could only be described as Sunday, Bloody Sunday.

Having already lost Owen Coyle to Bolton the humiliation was complete when it was confirmed the whole of our backroom staff would also be upping sticks and moving down the road to the Reebok, even Steve Davis.Our once revered Chief Coach, someone we thought had Claret blood running through his veins also took a knife and stabbed all Clarets fans in the back.

Normally when a manager leaves you can expect him to take some of his team with him, but there is usually still someone obvious left who can take over as caretaker manager. In our case though we have been completely wiped out with Sandy Stewart, Steve Davis, Phil Hughes and John Henry all joining Coyle at Bolton.

The club did its best to put on a brave face and announced that Director of Youth Development Martin Dobson and Youth Team Coach Terry Pashley would be in charge of first team duties at Turf Moor until further notice.Dobson and Pashley would also be aided by club captain Steven Caldwell, along with acting captain Graham Alexander.

Life goes on and there are games coming up to think about. What a time to be playing Manchester United at Old Trafford. Well that is our next match this Saturday.

Brendan Flood intimated that a new manager could be ensconced by the time of this game allowing whoever it is to enjoy a baptism of fire. Dobbo and Co therefore could just be holding the reins for a few days while an announcement is made. According to the Lancashire Telegraph today,Kilby and Flood hope to be closer to naming Coyle`s successor by Wednesday, ahead of Saturday`s trip to Old Trafford, but who will it be?

Brian Laws

Our former player and ex-manager of Sheffield Wednesday is currently joint favourite to take over the reins along with Huddersfield Town gaffer Lee Clark according to some of the bookies. Would Laws though he be either a popular or sensible choice?

The Clarets have of course been linked with Laws before and it was reported last time that we wanted to speak to him after Steve Cotterill left by mutual consent. The Owls board at the time were furious about our advances and eventually it all petered out and Coyle got the job.

Back then though we were just a Championship side and Laws was considered a safe pair of hands. He did not turn out to be a safe pair of hands for Sheffield Wednesday though and with the club in deep trouble in 20th spot and facing relegation this season, Laws left the the club by mutual consent only last month to be recently replaced by Alan Irvine.

Laws would in general be seen as a dull appointment by Clarets fans and in effect as well as having no experience of management in the top flight could now be viewed as a failed manager at Championship level. He could be a huge gamble and Clarets fans will be hoping we choose someone more dynamic and experienced.Thw Lancashire Telegraph though believe Laws has already had a second interview at Turf Moor

Lee Clark

Betting has been suspended on the 37-year-old Huddersfield manager taking over at Turf Moor.

According to the Lancashire Telegraph Clark was interviewed by Clarets chairman Barry Kilby and operational director Brendan Flood last night but Huddersfield Town say they have received no official approach from Burnley to speak to their manager.

Sean O'Driscoll

Wade Elliott will be well aware of the former Bournemouth boss. The 52 year old manager is currently in charge of Doncaster Rovers and is understood to have been interviewed for the position at Turf Moor

Alan Curbishley

Curbishley would be many Clarets fans choice to fill the vacancy and rumours abound that he has already been interviewed at the club.

He would have all the experience necessary to lead a Premier League side in the top flight.He spent 15 years at Charlton Athletic and during that time masterminded the revival of the club's fortunes with two promotions into the Premier League.

Charlton became an established Premier League side during his rein but he eventually left the club in April 2006 and the Addicks slide down the leagues is now legendary.

After a short spell out of the game, Curbishley eventually returned to management with West Ham in December 2006 at a time when the Hammers looked certain candidates for relegation into the Championship. Curbishley led West Ham to seven wins out of their last nine games including notable victories against Arsenal and Manchester United ensuring the club's survival in the top flight.

Unhappy with the transfer policy at the club, Curbishly tendered his resignation in September 2008. Despite being linked with a number of high-profile managerial positions since then he has not returned to management to date but has continued his sideline as a TV pundit.

There is a feeling Curbishley would not be interested in a move to Burnley because we are up North. It looks like he is another manager,like Steve Coppell who prefers to ply his trade down South. The 52 year old former West Ham, Brighton and Charlton player was born in the East End too. The furthest he has been north of Watford was two spells he had as a player in the Midlands with first Birmingham and then Aston Villa.

There were media rumours over the weekend too that he could be in line to replace Paul Hart as manager at QPR in the close season. He is believed to be a candidate along with former Rs boss Luigi De Canio

Paul Ince

This will go down well with Clarets fans but I guess it's inevitable we would be linked eventually to the former failed Blackburn Rovers manager, Paul Ince who is currently manager of MK Dons and is enjoying his second spell in charge of the League One side.

Thanks but no thanks!

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The Journalist

Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 11 2010

Time: 9:16AM

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Well there is only one out of those that would excite me and he looks a Southern softie!! [Edited by turfmanphil]
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11/01/2010 09:18:00

Of all of these only one of them I wouldn't really want, am more than happy to get behind who ever it is. I can remember thinking Susan who when we got our last manager and look what happened. So for me ....bring it on even Kevin Keegan to keep RT happy would be ok by me.
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11/01/2010 09:44:00

Who ever it is lets hope they are in situ soon
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11/01/2010 10:14:00

There is only Curbishley on that list I would be happy with although I wouldn't be too upset if O'Driscoll got it. Although I wouldn't be happy with any of the others they would get my support and a chance to prove me wrong.
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11/01/2010 10:45:00

Clark if he brings his backroom team could be a top signing. After all it isn't about the man at the top entirely, Mcdermott and Fazackerly would take training and they have plenty of experience coaching both Newcastle and England between them. I would be fairly excited about that one, Curbs would also be fine, O Driscoll an unknown. Laws would have me reaching for the Prozac. Coppell would be good, ex United and England winger may persuade Eagles to stay for another year to improve.
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11/01/2010 11:13:00

Good point Crosspool re Clark's backroom boys. LT make a similar mention of that today. Notice also link to Andrew Cole-LT:The backroom staff who Clark appointed at the Galpharm Stadium carry a wealth of experience. His assistant, Terry McDermott, served in the senior backroom staff at Newcastle United for nine years across two spells, working for Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish, Glenn Roeder and Sam Allardyce. His first team coach, Derek Fazackerley, has also worked at Newcastle and was England’s assistant manager under Keegan. More recently, he was a trusted advisor to Sven-Goran Eriksson during his one season in charge of Manchester City. Clark also employs former Burnley loan star, Andrew Cole, as a striker coach two days a week.
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11/01/2010 11:23:00

Alan Curbishley would be my choice.
Grimsby Claret
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11/01/2010 11:42:00

Clark sounds interesting given the staff he could bring with him as already mentioned. I'd go with him or Curbishley. Hope this gets settled soon, the tension is killing me!
Brompton Claret
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11/01/2010 12:21:00

Without casting aspersions on any candidate, if you're talking intelligence and integrity, Stevie Coppel's our man.
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11/01/2010 13:23:00

I'd take Coppell too, but he seems to be out of the running. Certainly not mentioned much but then Cotterill & Coyle were not at this stage of recruiting a new manager either
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11/01/2010 13:25:00

I Would feel sorry fo Huddersfield fans if Clark and all his staff came to Burnley. But Its not like Coyle jumping the ship Clark would be moving 2 leagues higher and to a much bigger club.
Grimsby Claret
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11/01/2010 14:08:00

A similar sized club in fairness Grimsby.
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11/01/2010 14:16:00

I see "TOGETHER - we are Burnley" appears to the new marketing slogan on the club website. Has this just come about since Coyle left? I never noticed it before. The new "dare to Dream" ???
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11/01/2010 14:21:00

"TOGETHER - we are Burnley" is a new one on me too CC unless I have missed something
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11/01/2010 14:57:00

They are obviously very keen on it now though, they now let you download as a desktop.Cut&Paste this link to d/l:http://www.burnleyfootballclub.com/page/LatestHeadlines/0,,10413~1929177,00.html
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11/01/2010 15:32:00

At least I might have gained one extra member of the Keegan for Burnley Campaign - cheers Vin ! To be honest, my head is spinning thinking who it could, should, might and will be. Don't think I am any nearer knowing now than I was this time last week and am glad I am not Barry Kilby. However, I am sure that Laws or Ince wouldn't be popular appointments. As I was fairly sure that Coyle would be approached once Megson was sacked I am pretty comfortable if we approach another club... so long as it is done properly
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11/01/2010 17:27:00

Sean O'Driscoll came in from 50/1 to 3/1 on betfair in last 24 hours. He was the first contender I thought of in terms of carrying forward Coyle's footballing mantra. I think we could be happy with that.
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11/01/2010 17:44:00

Spot on CC2. Have a few pals who are Cherries fans and they loved S o D before he went to Doncaster. Only question is top level experience but you've got to start somewhere. I'd be very happy with this though suspect it would be an appointment with half an eye on next season.
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11/01/2010 18:03:00

I think Cuban is CC1?? lol Not sure about SoD (Sod?Ouch!!) myself,unproven at this level and has just 3 months to keep us up.Tall order in my opinion
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11/01/2010 18:34:00

Yep - sorry Cuban for the demotion down the CC scales. You'll always be the original CC.
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11/01/2010 18:46:00

Tend to agree with Phil there - I think SoD would be good in the long run, but with only 4 months to work in intially, it would be a very tough ask. But then again - does much need changing? SoD would probably keep us going the way we are!
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11/01/2010 18:46:00

Actually I do think things need changing now, I openly admit now to being deluded by Coyle's performances but the fact remains no away win all season yet in League and no win in nine?
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11/01/2010 18:54:00

Agree tmp, something needs to be tweaked. I think we were starting to wonder how and when it would get tweaked, now is the time. Susans track record away from home is going to challenge DOBBO! If we park the bus and only concede 4 it will be a result!!!! lol
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11/01/2010 19:37:00

0 away wins yes, but we have still not been in the bottom 3 since the first game. the aim for this year is to stay out of the bottom three, and thus far we have done it. The away form deserves a better points tally - it will come! ( and would have done under Owen)
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11/01/2010 19:56:00

I tend to agree with you there dale. I think our performances have definitely deserved better, and I do think Coyle would have earned more points away before the end of the season. Regardless of what he has done I still think he is a good manager. However I live in hope he is not and Bolton are repeatedly relegated.
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11/01/2010 20:07:00

Just been reading O,Driscoll's page on Wikipedia. Interesting. BUT (and not a bad thing) he seems to be a very loyal individual. So he is likely to stay put.
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11/01/2010 20:30:00


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