The Manager is No More!
A disasterous result against Hull City at home last Tuesday night appears to have been the 'straw that broke the camel's back' for the Burnley board.
They have announced today that manager Steve Cotterill has left the club by mutual consent with assistant manager, Steve Davis recently promoted himself,temporarily in charge.
He will lead the lads for the next match this Saturday away to Leicester
The Clarets form of late has been difficult to defend by the pro-Cotterill lobby, with only one win in 10 matches and now two consecutive home defeats against Southampton (2-3) and Hull City (0-1). These were also not just simply defeats but also very poor performances.
It would be easy to make excuses, what with injuries to Berisha, Duff and Caldwell and now the loss of Unsworth after his late sending off againt Hull but it simply has not been good enough at home this season with far too many draws and now consecutive defeats.
This run of relatively bad form added to the nineteen winless run last season finally seem to have shaken the Board into action. Many Clarets fans have been amazed that he lasted so long despite becoming the longest serving manager in the Championship but a number of allowances had been made by those supporting the gaffer.
This Editor himself always wanted the gaffer to be given a longer chance and had earmarked Xmas 2007 in which to make a final judgement.That deadline was nearly reached but then I believe Barry Kilby is on record as saying you dont sack a manager after Christmas, so the announcement today does not come as a total surprise after very disappointing results in recent weeks.
We are not in a perilous position but clearly the manner of the two home defeats has been worrying and we simply have not been able to take this League by storm and looked set to become stuck in midtable for yet another season.
We shall have to see what Barry Kilby says having announced a Press Conference for 4pm tomorrow (Friday) before theorizing about the situation and trying to establish what the next steps will be in finding a new manager.
Vital Burnley FC will report further once we have some more news.