All eyes were on the first Lancashire derby of the season this weekend, but there has been some progress where the managerial search is concerned.
Soon after the game finished yesterday, renewed quotes from John Banaszkiewicz were released on the official site. According to John, the club are closing in on their man.
“It’s been quite an eventful week,” he said
“We have been up and down the country and interviewed over 15 managers so far.
“We are going to shortlist them to three and four early next and have second interviews and we will get the rest of the board involved as well. It’s quite difficult to pick the best one because there are three or four who are really capable and hungry for the job.
“But I hope we will have an announcement by next weekend in terms of who that candidate is.
“I have been impressed with the quality and the hunger and desire to come and manage Burnley. They see the potential in Burnley and they see us as being ambitious and as a stable club.”
“We also think it’s a good time to appoint a good manager because we are only 20 per cent of the way into the season, and it’s also been interesting to listen to the comments from these prospective managers about our team and set-up and where we need to tweak and improve things.”
Meanwhile, Terry Pashley was asked in the post-match press conference whether he would be up for taking the manager’s position full-time after securing a 1-0 win against Blackpool. He said:
“I’ve not even thought about it, I’ve had too much to do sorting training out and training with the boys.
“That’s what I’ve been asked to do. I’ve no control over anything else. I just want to control what I can control, that’s getting in with the boys and the training and they’ve been great.”
The response sounds like something out of a textbook, but I tend to think that Pashley indeed won’t be in charge full-time.
Regarding the candidates in the running, the Daily Mail reckon that Paul Ince could well be in contention for the manager’s job. We saw the betting markets move to make Paul Ince favourite a couple of days ago and it remains to be seen whether the Daily Mail have any further evidence for this story.
Personally, as a former Blackburn manager with a fairly poor managerial record, I can’t see this one happening, but it’s football and who knows?
Elsewhere in Lancashire, Bolton Wanderers have reportedly made an official approach for Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman. Since Mick McCarthy was supposedly on their shortlist of three, this could see McCarthy agree to move to Burnley if, as reported, he was holding out for the Bolton job.