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Tuesday Managerial Turfection-Week 2

Tuesday 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.

A lot of our rumoured targets and their current clubs were in denial yesterday making statements that they were happy where they were and had not been approached by Burnley FC.

Most of these were from the lower leagues, typically from the Championship or League 1 and you would be forgiven for singing 'No one likes us, We dont care'. You have to take their statements with a pinch of salt though as they play out their media club rituals and pretence of loyalty. No ambitious manager worth his salt would surely not be tempted to move up a league or two to manage a Premier League side.

Nevertheless here is what some of them said:

Lee Clark

The current Huddersfield Town manager was a bookies joint favourite at one point with the Lancashire Telegraph saying he had already had an interview at Turf Moor.

The Terriers though have denied any approach by Burnley FC to speak to Clark.

Clark himself said:

'I can`t really make any comment because there is nothing to comment on. I have had no contact with Burnley, and my focus is on preparing the side for Saturday`s game with Southend.'

Town chairman Dean Hoyle appeared to confirm those comments:

'Rumours are part and parcel of footbalI but I was very surprised when I heard this one. As far as I`m concerned, there is no truth in it and there hasn't been any approach from Burnley regarding Lee.'

Sean O'Driscoll

Doncaster Rovers boss Sean O'Driscoll is also reported to be a favourite for the Burnley managerial vacancy.

The Sun actually says the former Bournemouth gaffer is the favourite to become Burnley's new boss.

Doncaster though are rumoured to have told Burnley FC that they would want around £1million in compensation.

Rovers chairman John Ryan is quoted as saying:

'We don't want to lose Sean but should it happen we shall be seeking serious compensation. We've not been called 'the Arsenal of the Championship' for nothing. That's down to Sean.'

The Sun also believe O'Driscoll was interviewed by Barry Kilby and director Brendan Flood at the Worsley Marriott Hotel on Sunday.

On the other hand according to Sky Sports O'Driscoll is now believed to be in Lancashire holding talks with the Clarets, They also state that Burnley FC are confident of appointing him as manager.

Sky Sports News also understands that O'Driscoll is also planning to bring in his No.2 Richard O'Kelly who was taking training with Doncaster on Tuesday.

Simon Grayson

We have also been strongly linked with the Leeds manager but once again there were denials of any interest.

'I'd be flattered [if approached by Burnley] because everyone wants to manage in the Premier League,' said Grayson.

'But my ideal scenario is to manage Leeds United in the Premier League and I think over the next few years I think there is a real possibility of us achieving that.

'You can't stop speculation and you are flattered when you are linked with jobs in the Premier League.

'But it has to be the right circumstances and right the club to do that at.

'Leeds is a fantastic football club and I'm just focused on achieving my targets here and I'm committed to this job.'

Paul Jewell

Jewell was one of the few potential managers who did not rule out interest in the job.

However he seemed to rule himself out by saying the job would be too difficult to take on suggesting the Clarets will find it hard to stay in the Premier League this season.

The former Wigan and Derby manager who is currently out of a job said:

'Everyone hopes they do stay up, but I think they`re going to find it difficult. And if Burnley go down and don`t start off next season well, the inevitable is going to happen. That`s what happens in football.'

Another manager who hasn't denied any interest is currently the out of work former Owls boss, Brian Laws.

Brian Laws

According to the Daily Mail today, and this wont make happy reading for most Clarets fans. Burnley are ready to spring a major surprise by naming Brian Laws as their new manager.

They believe quote: 'Laws and Doncaster boss Sean O`Driscoll were the last two men standing in the race for the job on Monday' The Sports Mail understand Laws is the preferred choice provided he ties up a compensation deal with Wednesday.

If true this would be seen as a dull and risky choice by most Clarets fans and the fear would be that he could become the new Megson should results start going badly.

The local Lancashire Telegraph also believe this to be the same two-horse race with Kilby and Flood more likely to opt for Laws rather than fork out compensation for O'Driscoll.

"Of course it would interest me," the 48-year-old Laws told the Lancashire Telegraph when asked about the Clarets' vacant managerial job.

"I have a great affinity with Burnley, but there's no more I can say on that."

Today though we have been linked with a new potential candidate, Watford's Malky McKay

Malky Mackay

Watford boss Malky Mackay is the latest to be linked with the manager's job at Burnley.

The Scottish Sun says Mackay is understood to be on the list of potential candidates to replace Owen Coyle.

The paper believes the 37 year old manager meets the profile that Barry Kilby is looking for which they sum up as young,dynamic and cash-conscious.

Mackay though is in is first full managerial role having only taken over in June 2009 following the departure of former Watford manager, Brendan Rodgers. His only other experience was when took over as caretaker manager at Watford in November 2008 following the departure of Aidy Boothroyd a spell which lasted just 5 games before the arrival of Rodgers.

He has though been successful as Watford manager, steadying the ship on a very limited budget. With the club in financial crisis and coming close to going bust at one stage, Mackay has been astute with his signings using little cash and using loans to his advantage. Watford are currently a midtable side within hear shot of the play-off positions.

Whether that would be enough to convince the likes of Kilby and Flood that he could make the step up to the Premier League and ensure the club survive in the top flight with just four months of the season left remains to be seen. The local Watford Observer though confirmed later today that Burnley had made no contact with the club.

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Date:Tuesday January 12 2010
Time: 7:59AM


You can't help thinking Burnley FC are going to plump for an up-and-coming manager with unproven ability at this level. I just hope if they do they know what they are doing; it all seems a risky strategy to me and I would be much happier with a safe pair of hands
12/01/2010 08:04:00
me to Phil.
Grimsby Claret
12/01/2010 09:22:00
They will plump for a manager that fits their often and consistently spoken strategies of giving their all to stay up, entertaining, and not betting the ranch on survival. Paul Jewell, meanwhile, still sounds badly traumatised from his time at Derby. If he keeps talking like that, he may never manage again. My new fantasy is that Steve Davis will be appointed this week having done a week's scouting at the Reebok, so as to ruthlessly expose their weaknesses and secure Bfc's first PL away win. (I think it may be too late for the nurse, VR.)
Couch Potato
12/01/2010 09:27:00
I have decided to channel all my possitive thoughts into BFC and our new manager will be elevated to God, when we batter Bolton, beat B@st@rds and remain in the PL while Bolton are relegated, so bring him on!!!
12/01/2010 09:38:00
Agree sheclaret, I think we should try on Vital to get behind the new man who ever he is, it would be easy to write negatives about any appointment, give me any of the names linked and I could write loads of negatives...too old, too young, not experienced, failed at, will not like the weather, wears a hat, drives an Astra, has a nurse, takes tablets, has no hair, short fat guy.....hang on am off topic...woops HELP>>>>
12/01/2010 09:45:00
I think your fantasy may be a bit to optimistic cp but if it makes you feel better I too will hope for the same thing. I'm convinced we don't even need to consider Jewell as his Sky Sports News appearance made clear to me he is not in the running nor is he interested. I think it is essential we get somebody who is really up for the job, and that may only come from a young manager who has never had a taste of premiership management. Or it may come from someone who has wrongfully been dismissed from another premier league club and is desperate to get back into management after an 18 month absence. But where would we find somebody like that?
12/01/2010 09:46:00
If you need more cheering up, go to sport and read the headline piece "Top-flight finances stun David Sullivan" and then move on to the one about Pompey. I am firmly behind Kilby in wanting to keep club finances secure. Meanwhile it occurs to me that the 'together' campaign is aimed as much at our squad as at us. How many are out of contract at the end of the season? XI? I believe they are all free to talk with other clubs in this window if we don't offer them a new contract. I'm together.
Couch Potato
12/01/2010 09:59:00
Does anybody know who the eleven are? Are some of these not the likes of Adam Kay and Alex MacDonald, who incidentally was arrested at the weekend. Also what about the first year professionals; Wes Fletcher and co? Where they offered one year deals or two year? Also what future are they likely to have under a new regime?
12/01/2010 10:06:00
I think it was inevitable that O'Driscoll would start to get linked with higher Division clubs. He's done an unbelieveable job at Donny, taking them into the Championship and managing to keep them there despite working on a shoestring. In 2009 only Sheffield United had a better points record than Rovers. I do think though that his philosophy of how he likes the game played would take a while and that might not be quick enough to keep Burnley in the Premiership this season. Also his biggest problem at Rovers last season was the pitch, because of all the other sports played on it, it was awful and Rovers had a better away record than home record. I don't know what yours is like this season but it usually looks awful by this time in the season. Rovers are rumoured to be wanting £1 million compo, I honestly can't see that, the way we do business you will probably get him for a pittance!
12/01/2010 10:17:00
Kalvenes, Duff, Blake, Jensen, Joey, Thommo are all in the XI I think. Maybe Jordan, Caldwell and Carlisle? What was MacDonald arrested for?
Couch Potato
12/01/2010 10:20:00
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