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Billy Davies in Shock Link for Burnley Job

Billy Davies is a shock front-runner to become Burnley`s next manager according to the Dail Mail.

The former Motherwell, Preston & Derby gaffer has steered Nottingham Forest to 8th spot in the Championship league table this season, two places currently higher up than the Clarets. Forest are currently just one point off the play-offs places.

Why then you might ask could he be remotely interested into going to a club that is currently performing less well?

The Mail surmise he has fallen out with the Forest Board and is in dispute with Nottingham Forest over the club`s transfer policy and lack of funds.

They go onto clain that Burnley have put Davies along with Bournemouth`s Eddie Howe at the top of their list.

Although it is difficult to believe the rumour, Davies would certainly have the right credentials,

He twice took Preston to the play-offs stages-a final and semi-final and after leaving Deepdale in June 2006 steered Derby County to a play-offs Wembley victory against WBA.

The big question mark though could be his temperament and his ability to get on with the Burnley Board if he doesn't get his way on the transfer front. We have been pretty tight with the purse strings despite a season in the top flight so would Davies accept that situation?

The Mail suggest there could also be misgivings over whether the 33-year-old could control the dressing room in view of his well-known abrasive nature

He does though now also have a formidable reputation for moulding successful npower Championship sides and maybe after 'Mr Nice Guy' Laws , Davies could be hugely succcessful for the club.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 31 2010

Time: 9:25AM

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Something just doesn't seem plausible about this. Burnley must surely be tighter with the money than Forest on past evidence unless we are going to bait him with a massive spending spree in order to get him to come! I'd certainly be happy about that
turfmanphil
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31/12/2010 09:30:00

Something's got Vital posters out of bed early. It's msually only me, TC and Vin at this time. But I don't personally think we'll see Billy come to Burnley.
Couch Potato
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31/12/2010 09:46:00

What's the sense in that, abrasive little Scott who throws the toys out the pram if he dosn't get his own way, and still prefers to spend most free time back in Scotland, the board wont where that, BIG question to ask is why would we appoint a manager who is only one place above us in the league? Laws would be beside himself and rightly so.... The more I think about the Laws situation the more I think the board panicked..... truth is his statement was very strong, did we really give the guy enough of a chance? or was he given the ultimate poison challis?.... did we ever really move on from the Coyel affair, was our bitterness really covertly directed at the new man? indeed would anyone have been able to fill this role at that time ? I'm not sure they would to be honest! ...anyway we are where we are Best of Luck Brian the search goes on ! On reflection Eddie Howe defo a no no for me, too young (never thought I would hear myself saying that) dosn't have the man-management experience of dealing with difficult situations, dosn't have the contacts to get us key players, and would he settle in Lancashire when he has spent his life on the south coast... let's face it you would have to be barking to want to swap Dorset for Lancashire it just wouldn't work for him. Phil Brown is moving to the top of my list, experienced in Champ and Prem, northern bloke understands footballing towns, tradition passion etc and has a proven track record, a would add that's not a singing record !
hollinsclaret
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31/12/2010 10:03:00

Methinks pure newspaper speculation. Do a profile of the manager the Board want and it certainly does not fit Davies.
cornwallclaret
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31/12/2010 10:32:00

Agree to much conflict with the board if Davies got the job, and no to Phil Brown rather have stuck with Laws than the tango man took Hull to the Prem then nearly backrupt the Club not all his fault though. Would the fans take to Brown and give him time?. Its Howe for me if the players cannot handle the age issue then get them shipped out, its whats best for the Club not the players, some of these stars need to look at themselves before any new manager after some of the performances for the previous manager.
Fedupclaret
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31/12/2010 10:55:00

Just more press speculation, and we can expect more as the days go on. Still Hughton for me, but I've got a feeling that we might be looking at McInnes.
WelshClaret
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31/12/2010 11:54:00

I agree with a lot of what hollins says. The dialogue between him and fedup almost proves hollins's point about the poisoned chalice that greeted Brian and awaits his replacement. On one point I would disagree with hollins. Speaking as a resident, I would advise not to get too excited about Dorset, except for holidays. It's sleepy, backwards, still largely run by the old landed aristocracy and consequently still as opporessive as life in Hardy novels for most peolple with any zip about them. It's a long way from anywhere, and not as exciting a coastline as Devon, unless you like fossils, of which there are an abundance! Bournemouth's lively. Bridport's arty. The rest's a nice place to go for a walk. Most young people can't wait to get out. It would not surprise me if that applied to Eddie.
Couch Potato
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31/12/2010 12:08:00

It's the Daily Mail for goodness sake! It was time for Mr.Laws to go, watching the life ebb out of a team who can play so, so much better was heartrending. I couldn't figure out his transfer dealings or team selection. Was Cort really better than Duff,or Fox better than Jordan? What would we pay for a partnership that could bang in over two dozen goals between them in the championship? Oh I forgot, Thompson and Patterson fit that description and are sat on the bench, what must the rest of the division be thinking? Let me guess -mugs! Who next for manager, think really big - Ottmar Hitzfeld, pay what it takes We should have chased him last time, look at his CV.
sben8
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31/12/2010 16:04:00

Cant see much truth in this one.
claretdale
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31/12/2010 18:16:00

Just doesn't tick the right boxes for me and can't imagine there is any truth in the rumour!
turfmanphil
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31/12/2010 20:21:00

 

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