Date:Sunday November 11 2007
What a week in the history of the Clarets this has been. Steve Cotterill, the King is dead,long live the King as assistant manager,Steve Davis got to look after the crown for at least one match after being forced into the deep-end as the Clarets travelled to Leicester.
He need not have worried though, with the lads doing us proud and securing yet another 1-0 victory at the Crisp Bowl. This was our third consecutive 1-0 win there, carrying on the fine tradition under Steve Cotterill.
Steve Davis, our former player is a bit of a legend as far as Clarets fans are concerned and everybody will be delighted that the team under his leadership for the first time secured all three points in convincing style.
What did Steve Davis himself think about the match yesterday and the events of the past few days?
'I've been here as a player and lately as a member of staff, but I think today's game has to be top of the list, as far as I am concerned., he proclaimed
'It was a proud moment to manage the club that I love. It is where I live and it's my home. I don't need to say any more.
Steve then gave his former boss a mention with glowing praise
'It has been a tough week with the gaffer going and the result was for him today. He wished everyone all the best before the game and this result is for him because he will be missed.
'He has been excellent for the club and I am sure he will be a proud man as well.'
Steve Davis it would appear picked the team for the match earlier in the week after discussion with the former gaffer
'We said after Tuesday that nothing less than 100 per cent would do from the first minute to the 90th - or 94th as it was today.
'You saw what the lads have got and I thought every single one of them was magnificent.
'Motivating the lads was not a problem because the manager going was a shock to everyone.
'But Thursday was the day for the players to wish him well and say thank you.
'Once we got on the bus on Friday though, there was a lot of work to do and the players knew that.
'These things happen in football. You have to roll your sleeves up and get on with it and they have certainly done that.'
'What happened at the end epitomised the club and what the lads feel about it.
'I was going to suggest it with five minutes to go but I didn't want to tempt fate. But when Phil Hughes and David Unsworth said the same it was a popular decision.
'It has been a tough week and we just wanted to show them there is still spirit at the club.
'We just wanted to thank them for their support and I am sure all the fans are very proud of their team tonight.'
'It has been a good start, but I will be speaking to the chairman next week and he will fill me in more on his plans.
'There are two weeks before the next game and we will see that happens. But I just wanted to make it clear to everyone that I intend to enjoy today and I have done that
'Obviously after today, it has been a fantastic experience.
'I am sure it will not always be like that, but all I could do today was get the lads ready and try to give them a bit of confidence and belief and they had that, so it's been immensely enjoyable.'
It will be interesting to see how things now develop, with the Board intimating they want to fill the managerial vacancy during the International break over the next two weeks with everything in place by the time we play our next match against Stoke at Turf Moor on the 24th November. I do hope whatever happens, that Steve Davis does maintain a role with the club and that any new manager does not insist in bringing in his own backroom staff to the detriment of Steve Davis .The lad afterall had only just been made Assistant Manager before the departure of Steve Cotterill.
Anyway thats for the future and we wont have long to wait to find out what's what!
Lets just savour the moment and congratulate Steve Davis on his debut win as manager!
Date:Sunday November 11 2007
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