The race to become Burnley’s next manager is hotting up, writes Jamie Smith.
There seems to be about ten names still in the running to replace Eddie Howe, who announced he was going back to AFC Bournemouth a week ago.
Chief executive Lee Hoos is hoping to make an appointment by the end of next week, which would leave Terry Pashley in charge for the trip to Bristol City, as well as the home game against Blackpool on Saturday.
According to Burnley Express reporter Chris Boden, ten names are still in the frame to take the job at Turf Moor.
Mick McCarthy and Michael Appleton remain right at the head of the queue, while out of work bosses Nick Barmby and Sean Dyche could be in with a shout. Ex-Claret and Crewe boss Steve Davis (mk I) is still being mentioned, while Barnsley’s Keith Hill is back in the game after reportedly being ruled out last week.
Steven Pressley’s name has emerged in recent days, with the Falkirk boss joining ex-West Ham midfielder Steve Lomas as Scotland’s representatives on the list. Lomas is in charge of St Johnstone and has taken Owen Coyle’s old club to the top six of the Scottish Premier League.
Finally, Dougie Freedman, who is also apparently on Bolton’s shortlist, completes the names in the frame according to Boden, who says Burnley’s budget could put McCarthy off.
Names that seem to have fallen out of contention include ex-Clarets Warren Joyce, Mike Phelan, Kevin Ball, Graham Alexander and Micky Mellon, with only Davis of the ten having links to the Club.
The Lancashire Telegraph, which initially said Hill had been ruled out, suggests the board has done a u-turn on the Barnsley manager and is now considering him again. The newspaper claims Barmby has already been interviewed, while noting Freedman is the favourite for the vacancy at the Reebok. Initial interviews are taking place this week, while the second round will get underway next week.
Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez says the club is not worried by speculation linking Graeme Jones with a move to Turf Moor.
“It’s always a massive compliment when other clubs see the good work that you are doing at your football club,” Martinez is widely quoted as saying.
“That’s the case for players and it also applies for the staff as well, in this case Graeme. What we have to do is keep focused on the job we have to do here and the goals we have set ourselves to achieve this season.
“I’m sure he’ll take the rumours on board, but he won’t let it affect his work in preparing for Saturday’s game.
“It’s something that goes with the territory when you are involved in football. When you do the right things, this sort of thing comes along — the same as when you don’t do the right things, other things come along.”
Joint chairman John B has told the Burnley Express that as many as 20 people have applied for the job. He said: “We are doing our best to kind of screen which ones would suit our profile and we would like to have somebody similar to Eddie in terms of our kind of style, but obviously a manager with maybe a bit more aggression with some of the players.
“It’s a great club with great tradition and obviously we are attracting players to come here and we are attracting really good potential managers as well, because they see the potential.”
Blackburn Rovers apparently want to tempt Blackpool’s Ian Holloway to Ewood Park after an approach for Tim Sherwood was turned down, which would result in a vacancy at Bloomfield Road and a fourth Lancashire club searching for a new manager in October.
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