Mick McCarthy and Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton reportedly head Burnley’s five-man shortlist to replace Eddie Howe.
Former Sunderland and Wolves boss McCarthy and ex-Preston midfielder Appleton are thought to be leading the pack ahead of Nick Barmby, Steve Davis and Sean Dyche, who are also being considered according to Chris Boden of the Burnley Express.
Long list seems to be shortening for new manager, McCarthy and Appleton still look like front runners, with barmby, Davis of Crewe and dyche
— Chris Boden (@bodenknights) October 17, 2012
The Club was quick to respond this morning, however, claiming that the reports were ‘premature’. “Initial Interviews only took place yesterday and more planned today,” stated the official Twitter account.
It stopped short of directly denying reports though and the board are likely to have their favourites prior to beginning the interviewing process and those five remain the likely frontrunners. The charmen are hoping to make an appointment next week after interviewing a number of candidates for the job, giving caretaker manager Terry Pashley the one game in charge against his former club Blackpool this weekend.
McCarthy, Barmby and Dyche are all out of work, having lost jobs under varying circumstances over the past year.
Mick McCarthy was fired by Wolves in February after hitting rock-bottom of the Premier League despite £12 million worth of summer signings – but has won the Championship twice before with Sunderland and Wolves and succeeded at keeping
them both the latter in the top flight.
Nick Barmby was suspended then fired in April by Hull City for using the media to criticise the board’s financial support, while Sean Dyche was ousted from his position at Watford when the club’s new owners wanted their own man, appointing Gianfranco Zola in his place. While in the job his side did well, finishing eighth with the second best defence in the league.
Only two years older than Eddie Howe, Michael Appleton was forced to end his playing career through injury aged just 27 and went on to coach and temporarily manage West Brom in the Premier League. He has steadied the ship at Portsmouth this season despite not having a single professional player at the club until two days before the first game of the season.
Ex-Claret Steve Davis (mk I) has worked his way up from level nine of the football pyramid. After making waves with double non-league promotions at Nantwich Town he was appointed assistant at Crewe and when promoted to manager he took them up from League Two at the first attempt.
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