The managerial search has gathered pace over the weekend.
With Michael Appleton becoming the new favourite for the job in the betting, fans’ opinions were split on whether he’d be a good appointment.
But late last night, Alan Nixon of the Mirror reported that one name on our shortlist was Graeme Jones, Roberto Martinez’s assistant manager at Wigan Athletic. Jones was reportedly Huw Jenkins’s favourite for the Swansea job after Brendan Rodgers left for Liverpool, but he turned down the offer because he was happy working under Martinez, with some reports suggesting he did not want to uproot his family, after leaving Swansea (he was part of the management team when Martinez was manager) for Wigan just a few years ago. The Burnley job would present an opportunity for Jones to move into management proper while remaining in the north west.
Also mentioned in the Mirror article were Motherwell’s Stuart McCall and Portsmouth’s Michael Appleton.
Elsewhere, according to the Burnley Express and the Lancashire Telegraph, Burnley have made contact with former Wolves manager Mick McCarthy. It is not clear whether McCarthy’s wage demands may be too much for Burnley, but nonetheless it can’t do any harm to sound him out and see whether he’s interested.
The Lancashire Telegraph reckon that Keith Hill has been ruled out of the running for the Clarets job, as the Burnley board have “moved on to other targets”. They also say that Man United reserve team manager and former Clarets Warren Joyce has joined the race.
Meanwhile, Lee Hoos has updated fans on the managerial situation through the official site.
“I don’t think age has anything to do with it. I think it’s about quality and football philosophy,” he said
“We have assembled a squad that plays football and is designed to play football in a particular way and we need to kick on with that.
“Of course we were all disappointed to see Eddie go, but we have to use this as an opportunity to try to get back going again and I think there are a lot of good managerial candidates out there.
“We have to use this to as much advantage as we possibly can and make sure we get the right guy in.
“There are so many good choices out there, so that will probably be the most difficult part.”
“We got stuck in straight away, we have not wasted time over the weekend.”
“It’s more important to get the right person than have an artificial date. We are not going to say we have to have someone in by the Blackpool game, or by the Bristol City game.
“It’s much more important that we get the right person for the job.”
It’s safe to say that the board are acting quickly, judging by the speed at which the news of candidates is moving.