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Howe to Attract a Manager? A Eddie Mix

Howe to Attract a Manager? A Eddie Mix

In an article written for the People today, Alan Nixon and Tom Hopkinson believe Burnley could now be done to Number 4 on their short-list and that the man they are now after is Bournemouth manager, Eddie Howe.

The reporters suggest we have now failed to land ex-Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce, Watford`s Malky Mackay or Paul Lambert of Norwich. Lambert of course has made it plain that he wishes to stay at Norwich following a failed approach by Burnley to speak to the Scot.

They also seem to think Malky MacKay has now got cold feet as well. Media reports are rife too that Big Sam has also rejected the Clarets and is now biding his time in Dubai waiting to see if any opportunities from the Premier League managerial merry-go-round come his way. He is strongly tipped as the next West Ham manager, should Avram Grant get the boot although Martin O'Neill could also be in the frame for that one.

So who does that leave? Well Nixon & Hopkinson seem to think next on the list is Howe. The impressive up-and-coming manager is now described as being in a tug of war with three clubs vying for his services.

Crystal Palace have been strongly linked with Howe this week following their recent sacking of George Burley but the reporters suggect that Howe met Palace chiefs before secretly dashing off to speak to the Clarets after jumping to the top of their wish list.

League One side, Charlton could now also be in the frame. It is understood new Charlton owner Tony Jimenez also wants to chat with the Cherries gaffer following the sacking of Phil Parkinson on Monday.

There is no doubt Howe has been a successful manager at lower league level. The 33 year old has taken Bournemouth from administration to promotion from League 2.

If Burnley are interested in Howe it would be a kick in the teeth if he opted for a side struggling in the Championship or one a league lower but we shall have to see.

Burnley do seem to have egg on their face after the Lambert debacle although Barry Kilby has now tried to gloss over the embarrassment by saying:

'I would like to stress to supporters that Paul Lambert was only one of a number of targets we would like to interview for the post of Burnley manager,' said Kilby tonight.

'There are other targets, but someone had to be the first and Paul was already in employment, so we acted through the proper channels and made a formal enquiry to speak to Paul.

'Obviously this was refused and we respect Paul and Norwich's decision, and now we move on to the other persons on the shortlist.

'There were half a dozen names on our shortlist and the task starts again tomorrow morning.

'I do think the situation needs to be resolved as quickly as we can, but we cannot let that be the overriding factor.

'It is about appointing the right man for the job to take this club forward.'

Surely it's also about doing your homework first and coming across as professional. With all the competition for managers, getting someone in quickly whilst we still have some time in the transfer window to strengthen the squad becomes a priority. If we don't hurry up we will be seen as simply having to appoint one of the ones that are left not the one we really wanted.

If a manager is not appointed by the time we play QPR on Saturday at Turf Moor, I will begin to worry that we simply don't have enough pulling power to attract the right calibre of manager that this club needs.

You can read more about Eddie Howe by clicking this link to our recent article:

Howe's That, Eddie?

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Date:Sunday January 9 2011
Time: 12:51PM


Do you think Big Sam was on their short-list or had they already written him off? I would be happy to take a punt on Howe although would have preferred someone with expereince of the Championship not to mention someone that has already got a Championship club promoted and kept them up!
09/01/2011 12:57:00
we have approach Watford to speak to MacKay according to SNN would be happy with him or Howe.
09/01/2011 14:21:00
It's starting to feel a bit embarassing right now, with no-one worth their salt wanting to come to Turf Moor. Clearly there's a lot of work to do with these players if we want to challenge seriously. Although yesterday looked comfortable going forward - though there were precious few chances and those that did crop up were far too often wasted - the real problem is in the leaky defence and I think I see the problem. Ironically, it's down the right where we seem to cause the most problems. With Mears in full flight down the wing, there were far too often gaps on the right that the rest of the defence were trying to cover. That's exactly what happened for the first shambolic goal and the second can also be traced to the gung-ho attacking that takes Mears out of position. We need to have a manager who has the balls to sort this out otherwise Grant will never have a clean sheet. The very best teams have formidable defences, however pretty it looks to be attacking creatively. Yes, winning 4-2 every week is an option, but so far, the teams in the league have no0t always played ball with this suggestion - hence the problems we are having. This over-indulgence in attack can be traced back to Coyle (boy did we get tonked a few times, even though we looked 'great going forward'), to be honest and it's a shift we need to make sooner rather than later. BTW, some names need to be scratched off the 'Current Site Poll' now - possibly daily, the way we are going...
Mike Mada
09/01/2011 14:50:00
He's done well at Bournemouth on a very small budget.
King Billy
09/01/2011 15:31:00
I think BK is right we have to take our time and get the right man. The wrong choice taken in haste means we lose out this season, pay a bundle in compensation or lose out again next season and become just another team entrenched in the Championship. Provided we get the right man, even if it means we miss the opportunities of the transfer window, we will be set up for the future and who knows we could still do it this season. The present squad may not be the best but still good enough to have afighting chance of promotion. Right man = Martin O'Neill.
09/01/2011 16:11:00
I dont think a time limist should be set on appointing a new manager - It is getting the right manager that is important. Using THIS transfer window and getting promoted THIS season is not the only option available to us.
09/01/2011 16:35:00
Agree with you Dale, if it takes until the end of January to get the right man so be it. Explore all those on the short list, some may know what we have to offer others may not? Liverpool have just got rid of Woy and may well have King Kenny replaced before too long. Does that make there appointment style any better than us?
09/01/2011 17:18:00
Frustrating as it is - and I do think the 'chinese whispers' existence of message boards only adds to that frustration - this statement from Kilby is a welcome one. The Board clearly didn't have the right man lined up to walk into the Turf - they were still hoping BL would succeed - so it is perhaps right that they want to speak to a few managers. All I can equate it to is the situation we were in when we recruited Coyle, and for that matter Cotterill, when a number of managers were considered. Both these men were somewhat surprising appointments to the supporters, based largely on the impact they had when interviewed. Whose to say the same might not happen this time? and it could be Howe, McInnes or cravate man from Exeter who impresses the most. In the meantime, Burnley win all their home matches 4-2. Hardly the end of the world drawing nigh...
09/01/2011 20:55:00
VB Time to bin the poll, and start again it looks ancient at the moment. We have done some work on some of the names and some should be on the list that arn't Hodgson and O'neil might seem daft but let's get them on there. Lets keep our finger on the pulse, Gray and Pash should now enter the poll also they have done a good job and there is a school of though saying give them it till the end of the season, not sure I agre,e but would be interested in canvassing opinion lets please be current, cant be blaming the board for complacency when we have a poll that's out of date on the site
09/01/2011 21:47:00
I believe we have always been very interested in this guy. sounds like he had a send-off of sorts on Saturday from the supporters after the 3-0 wn against Plymouth. there's an emotional tribute from a fan on their vital site for anyone who's interested...
09/01/2011 23:36:00
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