Everyone has a different opinion on who should be appointed the next Burnley manager. But here are some thoughts on what the board must do to ensure they find the right man for the job.
Perhaps the most important legacy Eddie Howe has left behind at Burnley is his long term policy. We’ve spent two years adjusting to his plans and the whole dynamic of the club has been adapted to fit his vision. It’d be an implausible waste of money to get a new man in who wants to change it all again. For me, the new man must be able to simply tweak the existing model at the club. We need continuity in policy to succeed.
Look to future
They say never go back. There’s a reason. I think Burnley fans have a fixation with looking to previous managers for the future success of the club. We’ve already seen the genuine calls for Stan, Cotterill and, of course, Coyle to return to Turf Moor. But the truth is that each manager on that list has their faults, hence why they’re not in the job any more. The strongest calls are for Owen Coyle to return. Whatever your opinion on the man, the opinion split alone would lead to a very strange atmosphere at Turf Moor. People are either for or against his return, there’s no in between. The club’s would be working against each other. It doesn’t matter about where you lie: whether you want Mr Coyle back or not, the conflict created by his appointment would be detrimental to the club’s success.
Take your time
Don’t go rushing into things, board. Take your time to create the best list of candidates available and go after them steadily, having thought about what you’re doing. Laws’ appointment in 2010 was the result of panic and we cannot afford to rush into anything again. Take your time, use sound judgement and sleep on decisions to make sure you’re sure of what you’re doing.
Don’t go for the cheapest option
Laws is well known to have been the cheapest option. Don’t do that again. Please. We deserve better as fans. We also have a reported £900,000 in compensation fees to spend on a replacement. We have funds to get the right man. Don’t be stingy and just go for the easiest option. I’m sure you’ve all learned from your mistakes in 2010 and this was one of them.
Consider fans’ opinions…
… But don’t live by them. Fans are the heart and soul of the club. We all know that. Everyone has a different opinion but it soon becomes clear that some replacements are more favourable than others. Again, looking back to Laws, he was almost universally an unpopular choice from the start – it’s just that some people decided to give him a chance and some didn’t. Listen to fans’ opinions to gauge if we’re on for another Laws universally-unpopular-no-chance appointment, but don’t live by our opinions. People dismissed Owen Coyle when he first joined. It’s important to be brave enough to make a sound decision, that might not be the most popular choice and choosing a really unpopular choice that might succeed.
Do you agree with Adam? What else must the board ensure they do to get to the right man?