Date:Saturday November 17 2007
The Clarets are hoping to name their new manager in the next few days and have announced that they have a shortlist of five candidates.
Operational Director Brendan Flood said: 'The potential is there to get someone in place by the middle of next week, hopefully.
'That way he can get familiar with the players before the Stoke game here on Saturday, November 24.'
That last sentence itself suggests that Steve Davis might not be one of the five, since he clearly must already be familiar with the players.
The announcement though has certainly been causing a lot of speculation and guesswork amonst the fans and we summarise some of the managers who could be in the frame below
First though what of Steve Cotterill after he left Turf Moor by mutual consent last week? Well he appears to have been linked strongly with one job in particular and trust that to be with our local rivals, Preston just down the road! I wish him well, although it woud be hard to wish him success at the Nobbers should he get the job. Just how awful would it be if he ensures North End survive the drop, they finish above us and next season get promoted? Please no!
Anyway what managers are being linked to replace Steve at Turf Moor and who appear to have dropped out?
Sheffield Wednesday it would appear have already rejected an approach to speak to Owls gaffer and former Clarets player, Brian Laws There is a rumour though that we have not heard the last of this and that indeed Laws could be already on the shortlist
Blackpool manager Simon Grayson has also played down reports linking him with the post but is still thought by many to be one of the famous five and was rumoured to have been interviewed.
Joe Royle was another that was reported to be interviewed but it all seems to have gone quiet for the former Ipswich manager and his name has not been mentioned recently.He did withdraw his application at Leicester and announced he would like the Wigan job but Steve Bruce looks likely to get that role.
Mike Newell, the former Luton manager is another strong favourite. The outspoken and controversial manager has been in the news again this week over the scandal at Luton and the legal shenanigans however may well rule him out for the time being. He is not the most politically correct of the managers on offer, but he certainly has his morals and looks one of the more technically capable.
Paul Jewell seems a bridge too far in many Clarets fans eyes and should he wish to consider another role as manager in the Championship he might be tempted more by Preston. He appears to have however put himself forward for much higher things and has been linked with the role of Ireland manager having turned down a return to his former club,Wigan. Jewell has confirmed that he had informal talks with former Republic boss John Giles who is believed to be sounding out candidates for the role.
I would think though Paul would be the first choice of most Clarets fans if it was possible. We would all be delighted if he was one of the five, but I dont think any of us believe he will be. A proven manager capable of getting a club out of this division would be a hell of a start.
Lets straight away also at this point count out Graham Souness, he is on record as saying he is not interested and would find it difficult having led the Barstewards as manager. Probably a relief to most Clarets fans anyway, his managerial record is hardly exemplorary.
Paul Ince is another that has ruled himself out. He appears to be enjoying his new role at MK Dons too much.
Now that Paul Simpson has been sacked at Preston North End some would be tempted to suggest we might simply swop managers. Cotterill might be in the frame for the Preston job but as far as I am aware there have been no strong links suggesting that Simpson might become our manager
Peter Reid however seems another strong candidate. He has been a manager at Manchester City, Sunderland, Leeds and Coventry. Reid left Coventry by mutual consent on January 6, 2005 with the club in a lowly 20th in the Championship having lost five of their previous eight league games. Not a good omen although he had a far better record at Sunderland during the nearly eight years he was in charge and in his second year there saw them promoted from the Championship in 1996. A bit of yo-yoing followed but they got back into the Premiership and the club finished seventh twice in the top flight in 1999-00 and 2000-01. Could be a good choice if he can remember what to do after a couple of years out of the game preferring instead to do the odd bit of pundit work for Sky Sports and the BBC.
There is next a spate of former Clarets who have from time to time been rumoured to be in the frame. Mickey Phelan, current Manchester United first team coach appears to be the strongest of these candidates and could be one of the five. The former Gillingham manager, Ronnie Jepson gets the odd mention as does Brian Flynn.
Stan Ternent was rumoured to be taking over at Wrexham but that has fallen through now that Brian Little has been named manager. Probably does not mean that he could be returning to the Clarets as manager though and its hard to think he could be one of the five.
A lot of people think Scunthorpe manager, Nigel Adkins could be in the five along with Yeovil manager, Russell Slade. A more recent rumour is that we might have interviewed St Johnstone boss and former Bolton striker, Owen Coyle for the role although the Scottish born,former Republic of Ireland International does appear to have spent most of his career as a player and manager in Scotland.
Even Carlton Palmer is reported to have applied for the job! Enough said on that one,stop tittering!Stuart Pearce anyone?
Date:Saturday November 17 2007
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