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It Looks Like Sean O'Driscoll !

Doncaster Rovers boss Sean O'Driscoll now appears to be the favourite for the Burnley managerial vacancy.

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.' .

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.

O'Driscoll appears to have beaten Brian Laws in a two-horse race and according to Sky Bet now has odds of 8/11 to be offered the job with Brian Laws Evens(Clark and Coppell are next at 25/1 and the rest are out at 50/1 or greater)

BBC Radio Sheffield have gone even further and believe Doncaster Rovers manager Sean O'Driscoll is on the verge of being named Burnley's new manager.

They go on to say he has been offered the role after concluding talks with the club and say Doncaster and Burnley are currently working out a compensation package.

O'Driscoll now 52 had a non-league playing career with Willenhall Town and Alvechurch before signing for Fulham in 1979. The midfielder spent five years with the Cottagers before moving to Bournemouth in 1984.O'Driscoll was born in Wolverhampton but was a Republic of Ireland international making just 3 appearances in the early eighties

He retired from playing football in 1995 and subsequently joined the club's coaching staff. He was appointed manager at Dean Court in August 2000 achieving promotion via the Third Division play-offs in the 2002-03 season.

After 22 years with Bournemouth as a player and coach he left the club to become manager at Doncaster Rovers in 2006.

In O'Driscoll's first full season in charge of Doncaster Rovers he got them promotion into the Championship after a 1-0 victory over Leeds United in the League One play-off final at Wembley Stadium in May 2008.

Doncaster have now consolidated themselves in the Championship and are a mid-table side currently in 15th spot seven points off the play-offs positions

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 12 2010

Time: 2:14PM

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Just watched Sky Sports News and they seem certain it's going to be O'Driscoll who would also appear to be the fans favourite based on a straw poll round the ground
Bet Wade Elliott has a smile on his face and John Spicer at Donny must be wondering! Whatever happened to Garreth O'Connor?? lol ;-)
If it is the two horse race as claimed it has to be O'Driscoll over Laws. O'Driscoll not my ideal choice but he will have my support.
I suppose O'Driscoll does play the same style of entertaining attacking,to feet football as Coyle did and doesn't go for the hoof&hope approach. Donny certainly had the better of us last season too. I suppose if he can keep our style of play going and maybe introduce one or two other ideas we might be all right. Interesting times
That's taken me by surprise, I do know Rovers play good attractive football,But do not don't know that much about Sean O'Driscoll.
Grimsby Claret
Sean O'Driscoll dahda, dahda? Has a certain ring to it.
Couch Potato
I'd be well satisfied with this appointment. Half of me wanted the tin hat survival type manager a la Neil Warnock but now the dust has settled from the rawness of Coyle's departure, a more measured approach from a quiet man is probably what is required. After all, we've had our fill of Mouth Almighty's for now. He is VERY quiet though. Supporters will be taken aback about how laid back he is when interviewes. I remember when I was in Sheffield I used to have to turn up the radio to hear him!!
Pardon? ;-)
I suppose also spending 22 years at one club might be an indication that he could be more loyal given the chance
Would be a very good signing if he has the hunger to prove himself at a big[ger] club. Seems a quiet chap but that is never a clue as to his hunger, determination, talent or indeed ruthlessness. If Doncaster are haggling over compo then surely it's only a matter of time - they can't deny SOD this chance, he'll never get one again. They must know that, and he's got them where they are. Bookmakers are still 50/50 at 4pm so I'd be tempted at those prices since you can't see it falling down on either compensation or personal terms. I expect something like a 500k settlement and SOD to be with us sometime on Wednesday to take training before Man Utd, Liverpool. Chelsea......and Bolton!!! 4 points and a cup replay he is an instant hero.
The official Bfc site has advised we are still top of the fan fair play league. Will we be after Bolton? Or will singing things like 'Owen Coyle Jude-Ass Jude-Ass' (and probably other rather better efforts) see us marked down? Sadly I won't be there.
Couch Potato
Did you notice how they also pointed out Bolton are 20th? I thought that was a nice touch.
I'd be delighted with this appointment but see Kilby having an eye on next season with it on the basis that IF we go down we are in a strong position to come back up playing good football which, frankly, is what I'd like to see us continue to play. Feel sorry for the Donny fans who may be losing their manager and coach but I shrugged my shoulders last week when Coyle left us so have a clear conscience that allows me to move from game-keeper to poacher now. I'd already agreed with Barnsey to do a piece on our new manager for the next WTBM and am so confident this will be our man that I've already started commissioning exclusive quotes for us from Bournemouth and Doncaster sources. Will be a bit of a let down if we appoint someone else now.
We shall see what happens - Long term SOD ( if he gets the job) would be a good manager, just not sure about the short term. Having said that, we may never find out - the BBC now states that Laws is in pole for the job
JUST been said on yorkshire tv news Brian Laws is being interviewed for the 3rd time this evening
Grimsby Claret
Nigel Pearson's odds are dropping suddenly.
Something inside just feels that Laws would be a bad appointment. I can't put my finger on it, it just doesn't feel right.
What the heck I will get behind either, I would prefer Sean O'Driscoll but if it is Brian Laws I am not going to do anything other than get behind him too. If its all a smoke screen and it turns out to be Sven Goran Erickson I owe my Nurse a fortune......ULRIKA wheres my tablets?
Its not about getting behind a manager, its about seeing someone for the long term. I don't want to go through this again soon because we have made a bad appointment. Erickson!!!!! Does Ulrika do household delveries with those pills?
I tell you what if it is Laws, I bet its because the tight sods are not willing to pay compo for O'Driscoll! I have my heart set on O'Driscoll now and will be really REALLY upset if its Laws
Nigel Pearson - that name has come out of the blue. He could probably keep us up but would he want to leave Leicester ?
I suppose, like many of these managers, it comes to budgets - what are they working with now vs what they could work with. (Ironically, just like OC claims!)
Welcome to Vital Burnley, HC! I share your concern about Laws, you are right it doesn't feel right. Not ambitious enough and a failed Championship manager so why has he had three interviews now?
I would make a plea to Burnley FC to make a decision on the best manager for Burnley based on quality & prospects be that O'Driscoll or Laws not on the willingness to fork out a paultry 1m compensation to Donny or not!
Hi Folks. Im a Sheffield Wednesday fan and just wanted to say you wont go far wrong than to have Brian Laws as manager. Hes a good honest hard working manager and its a shame he fell under the usual axe that comes down on most Wednesday managers. Theres only so much a manager can do with the Owls, we stuck in a bad rut and there was nothing more he could do. I wish him all the luck in the world if he is appointed as your manager.
Forking out? Poultry? Come on, BK, don't CHICKEN out!
Maybe Laws is being interviewed for something other than manager. Who knows?
Couch Potato
Actually poultry is quite appropriate for Laws if you think about the Chicken Wings incident some years back when he was Grimsby manager
If the odds are anything to go by we can forget about SOD. Laws is 8-1 on and SOD has drifted to 11/2.
Maybe we need to think about ourselves as a breeding ground for new and inspiring managers that will move on to greater things rather than a rsting place for the down and outs! Coyle was untested in English management - and look what he has done (achievements rather than the aftermath). Who is available that might move on to 'bigger' things rather than an also-run in the championship or league one?
If Brian Laws becomes the Burnley manager it will be because Kilby and co thinks he's the best man for the job. I heard that he'd interviewed very strongly and Kilby, it would seem, is keen. I could see this as "the Quiet Man" O'Driscoll it might be assumed would perhaps struggle a little to have an immediate impact on the squad. There was a good piece with Seth Bennett from Radio Sheffield interviewed by Radio Lancs tonight. He put up just as strong a case for Laws than O'Driscoll and made the valid point that no manager had been successful at Sheffield Wednesday. A club that size with such piddly resources is an almost impossible job. If nothing else, he's an eloquent manager and the likes of Martin Dobson could be key references.
Laws is good at throwing tea cups. Calendar Yorkshire TV local news said it was between laws and O'Driscoll Maybe Laws could be O'Driscolls Assistant or somthing, must admit I WAS SHOCKED WHEN i heard the club had called him back for his 3rd interview tonight.
Grimsby Claret
Sky Sports News say that it looks like it is Brain Laws. I wonder if we will be having these conversations within a year?
heathfieldclaret whats more important now? the bolton game, or the derby?
Bet you wished you waited till you posted this article! Laws WAS second choice and the reason he got it was cos your chairman couldnt agree a compensation deal with Donny! Laws is a good manager but his tacticle changes will leave you a bit mystified sometimes.
skeggy Owl
I expect Kilby to come out tomorrow and say that they feel this is the best option to maintain some continuity into the club. When Laws took over at Hillsborough during Nov 2006, he took over a team in trouble and led them to within a game of the C/ship play-offs, winning 16, drawing 6 and losing 9. Many of these wins were away from home as the team adopted an effective counter-attacking style. He had a big impact there and it was something of a surprise when the following season started so badly but Chris Brunt was sold to West Brom at the start of the season and not replaced. He will have regretted spending some of the little money he had on Frances Jeffers whose return of 2 goals in 10 appearances was a pretty poor do but despite losing Glenn Whelan in the transfer window to Stoke, Wednesday finished 16th. For a huge club with all the expectation in the world but no money to spend, this wasn't a bad finish. Before last season began, his only notable incoming signing was James O'Connor from us on a free transfer. He suffered some pretty cruel luck too. Akpo Sodje, who destroyed Burnley on the opening day, was injured minutes after scoring two against us and he hardly figured again all season. Wednesday played some good football last term as we found out and they also did the double of Sheffield United, a feat they hadn't managed for 70 odd years. It will be nice to think we have a manager who has a good record in derbies! This season he bought in Darren Purse on free and Darren Potter for a nominal as still the club is saddled with a huge debt. He will argue that he's been working with one arm tied behind his back. He inherited a club in debt, he stabilised them but ultimately, there wasn't the resources to take the job forward. If nothing else, Laws is an eloquent man and a football manager I have always thought had something a bit more about him. It's important that our supporters look at the bigger picture and not just the run of form that led to his dismissal. He will have impressed at the interview and I expect his "vision for Burnley" would have perhaps come across more forcefully than that of Sean O'Driscoll. Let's face it, Wednesday is one of the toughest jobs in league football. They have such an expectant fanbase, a huge debt and he's never had ANY money to spend there. Kilby might identify Laws as a manager with a real desire and hunger to succeed and prove himself but also with a track record of achieving something from nothing. Perhaps he deserves to work with a bit of budget. We shouldn't forget he was popular at HIllsborough for most of his tenure. I also believe after Coyle's callous desertion, the Burnley link is one the Board, and Kilby in particular, will have valued. Earlier today there was an excellent interview with Martin Dobson on how much he and the players were enjoying the preparation for the Man United match. Laws will identify with the last remaining Burnley playing legends at the club (his former team-mate in the case of Dobson), and his smooth transition into taking over the reins of team affairs would feel right. I think any negativity towards this appointment serves no-one. None of us can read the future but most agree that continuity is paramount. Brian Laws is not a spectacular appointment but it is a pragmatic one, and after everythig we've been through over the past fortnight, it's one we must all get behind.
I would feel more compelled to buy into what your saying CC if it hadn't been reported O'Driscoll was our first choice but we couldn't agree compensation. I am a supporter of Kilby, but Doncaster wanted a million and so this is the maximum we would have paid and perhaps a bit less with negotiation and so I think he has been too 'prudent' in this instance. I really don't think this is a lot for the best candidate for a managerial appointment in the premier league especially when our outgoing manager returned a higher fee in compensation. Nevertheless, I have said all along I will support whoever is appointed and although I will be thoroughly disappointed with Laws he will get his chance and I hope he proves me wrong.
Very well argued pieces by those of us who stayed up late last night, plus lots of useful info from CC. Thanks. I woke this morning wondering whether what is happening is a corollary of Sod's Law? Regardless I am together with the Board once the decision is made.
Couch Potato
Not really Skeggy the article reported the news at the time and the article also says 'looks like' ie not definite. I am with CC2 on this,I will be absolutely disgusted if the only reason Laws is coming to this club is because we pleaded poverty again and couldn't get the man we really wanted.
We will never know for certain why Brian Laws got the nod over S O'D and speculating will end up with a Megson type appointment. I do not want to be party to that type of fan culture where we decide that it's a bad appointment before a ball is kicked. CC1 great logic above and should have been a main article for me. I agreed with your way of thinking on Laws. Still would like Sven as Manager but hey ho....
VR whilst you dont want to be part of the fan culture you suggest, the problem is I fear many will be and that cant be healthy for the club. Laws,if it is him now has to convince far more fans than virtually any other appointment and it has made his task more difficult with the pressure to win even more. Had we been relegated under SoD we would have been thinking never mind,good Championship manager with Donny,could get us back with Laws it will be failed Championship manager with Owls, get shut!
Who will Laws bring in to be his backroom staff? That's another key question.

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