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So what about Derek McInnes for Gaffer?

St Johnstone fans must be sick and tired of Burnley FC.

If the rumours are true, Burnley not content with enticing former St Johnstone boss, Owen Coyle to Turf Moor and succeeding could now be looking to raid McDiarmid Park again and poach his replacement,Derek McInnes.

Saints chairman Geoff Brown certainly hopes that lightning does not strike twice.

He said recently:

'Nobody's contacted me, and I hope that remains the case.

'There are plenty of English managers with good CVs out of work just now, so I would imagine that would be the route Burnley would go down.'

McInnes, 39 took over St Johnstone when Owen Coyle and Sandy Stewart departed for Turf Moor in November 2007.

In May 2009 McInnes achieved promotion to the Scottish Premier League for St. Johnstone after seven long years in the First Division.

Other clubs began to take note and during 2009-10 he was linked with the manager's role at both West Brom and Watford but instead eventually signed a new contract with the Perth club in October 2009.

During his playing career the midfielder gained two Scottish caps.

He started his professional career at Greenock Morton in 1988 and then went onto play for Rangers,Stockport County(loan),Toulouse,West Brom,Dundee United and Millwall before finishing his footballing days at McDiarmid Park.

So how good is McInnes then? Well if you can face watching Owen Coyle, listen to what he thinks by following the You Tube player below. He is one of many who rate McInnes highly.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 2 2011

Time: 1:32PM

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So what you reckon then McInnes to get us up and then get the double over Coyle's Bolton? ;-) That would bring a smirk to my face but could we really do it all again with an up-and-coming Scottish manager or is it time to try something new?
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02/01/2011 13:37:00

CLUB JUST RELEASED THIS VERY ODD STATEMENT "Contrary to local newspaper reports, no plans are in place for an official approach for any candidate currently in employment elsewhere." This is a massive worry, its possibly the first sign that we aren't prepared to pay compensation needed to perhaps find our man. Kilbys properly thinking Brain and Russ are going to cost a few quidand poaching a manager in position will cost us as well so better picking from a bunch of failed out of work managers (exception Chris Houghton, Big Sam and to some extent Phil Brown) MESSAGE TO THE BOARD ...... WE NEED THE RIGHT MAN YOU SHOULDN'T BE RULING ANY ONE OUT IN THE TASK SET BEFORE YOU OF GETTING THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB SHOW US SOME AMBITION OR IT COULD WELL BE THE CATALYST FOR MORE CHANGE AT TURF MOOR! DON'T LET US DOWN
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02/01/2011 15:19:00

If Owen rates Derek
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02/01/2011 15:23:00

Sorry dont know what happened there on the last posting ..should have read..... If Owen Rates Derek McInnes then so do I one thing about the old gaffer is he does know how to manage a team and he knows how else can manage a team
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02/01/2011 15:26:00

I am one of the few who did not rate Coyle as God. Before he left for Bolton he started to get on my nerves with his constant self promotion whilst pretending to be a humble genius! Then there was the constant moaning about how little money he had. Our results were going bad before he jumped ship and his record in buying players is not very good. He seems to be good at geeing players up for a while but then the novelty seems to wear off. Plenty of managers have got promotion to the Premier league but don't get the saintly status conferred on them, as Coyle was, by a grovelling media. Holloway has done a better job with Blackpool than Coyle did with us with even less money and he's not always moaning about it. Forget Coyle, lets move on - anyone who wears football shorts and socks as a manager has got to be a tosser! I think Kilby is a good guy who made a mistake with Laws but no real harm done - we would have gone down anyway. I'd be happy with any of the 'favourites' as long as they are enthusiastic and have done well with small clubs.
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02/01/2011 16:24:00

The club statement may not be saying they won't approach someone in employment, just that they haven't at this point. If a local or national paper is saying they have made such an approach and no other club is aware of any such official approach, Bfc may feel the need to calm down the Boards of other clubs from ringing the Turf phone off the hook, falsely accusing them of going behind their backs. I mean... can you imagine Delia on the phone acusing you of poaching her manager? I'd be fry-10ed, and would want to take her off the boil before my brains got scrambled by her stirring things up. I also think Bfc is in a bit of a battle with LET, who seem to have got up their noses lately, and may just be using this as an oportunity to put their reporter back in their place... if it was LET who claimed approaches had been made. In summary... gawd knows! :-)
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02/01/2011 17:05:00

Good points Couch. We have become experienced hands in this managerial merry-go-round business and BK & Co will surely be protecting their reputation and wallets. It would make sense to only approach a club officially if the need arises. As BK has been abroad and it's been New Year I would imagine that not a lot would have happened yet officially. Most of the media leaks, are probably being put out by manager's aides / agents, or simply made up by reporters reckoning they have an inside line.
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02/01/2011 22:36:00

BTW - re: McInnes. In some ways he seems a positive option, but surely too much of a "hunch" after the same route worked well last year.
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02/01/2011 22:46:00

This now in Burnley Express (3/1)-A SCOTTISH newspaper is speculating that St Johnstone boss Derek McInnes is on Burnley FC’s shortlist in the hunt for a new manager. The Scottish Courier states that the odds on McInnes replacing Laws at Turf Moor plummeted to 12/1 on Thursday. It goes on: “The attraction of McInnes to Burnley is an obvious one given the success they enjoyed the last time they head-hunted a St Johnstone manager — Owen Coyle.”
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