Manager vacancy: Thursday news round-up

Adam Haworth Adam Haworth
Adam Haworth October 25, 2012
Jamie Smith
Looks like Holloway is leaving Blackpool sooner rather than later. ... 3 years ago

It’s nearing the end of the week, but we’re no wiser as to who the new Clarets boss will be. 

Over the last few days, local media in Burnley has stated that it is now thought that ex-Watford manager Sean Dyche and Falkirk boss Steven Pressley are the two front-runners for the job. Both names have been met with a fairly unanimous “underwhelmed” response from the fans. Dyche did alright during his short time in charge at Watford, before being ousted by new owners to be replaced by Gianfranco Zola. Pressley, on the other hand has made a poor start to the season with Falkirk, but has reshuffled their youth set up during his time in charge. He penned a three-year deal at the end of last season.

Despite local media linking Pressley with the job, the Falkirk Herald said that their sources said that it was “unlikely” that Pressley would move to Burnley. The Bairns haven’t received an official approach from Burnley as yet according to their general manager, David White. Pressley also said there had been no contact between the clubs.

Another name in the frame for the job is St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas – again according to the Burnley Express and the Lancashire Telegraph. He today played down the proposition of Burnley manager job with a pretty textbook non-committal statement.

“I think it is just speculation,” he said. “There will be loads of people in for that.

“It is flattering and it proves that the lads must be doing something right but we are just focused on Inverness, it is a massive game on Saturday and we want to break that record.

“I don’t want to talk about speculation, it is purely that.”

We’ve heard this type of statement before. Most recently from Eddie Howe. We all know that people in football are fickle and can change their mind in an instant. We also know that Lomas has been impressing at St Johnstone, who seem to be great at appointing managers. St Johnstone currently sit in second place in the Scottish Premier League behind Celtic. The prospect of Lomas as manager is certainly more inspiring than the idea of Steven Pressley taking the reins at Turf Moor.

However, Sky Sports reckons it’s a three-man shortlist made up of Pressley, Dyche and Crewe’s ex-Claret Steve Davis.

In the meantime, Terry Pashley has been given caretaker duties for Burnley’s visit to Cardiff City on Saturday. He’s earned the board some more time to make their decision after gaining two wins out of two. Should Pashley lead the Clarets to victory again on Saturday, his name just simply can’t be ignored. Ironically, he’d probably be the most popular candidate with Burnley fans as it stands.

Who do you think will become manager? What do you make of the names currently in the frame? Comment below. 

  • Reevo

    Yesterday I laughed off the Holloway links, but today I am not as confident. Clearly there is tension between Oyston and Olli, I can’t help but think he would know to avoid Rovers and their nightmare owners at all costs, he’s too smart to consider any longevity with them, he has recently moved out of the town so that is positive, no manager wants to live in the town they manage, further it’s becoming apparent that our board on split on candidates and the overwhelmingly “underwhelming ” response for the managers shortlist might just inspire the board to look for alternative candidates that …..A) they can agree on and B) someone who fans would see as a BIG appointment, perhaps there’s more race to run on this appointment than we all first though !!

    • Jamie Smith
      Jamie Smithin reply to Reevo

      Looks like Holloway is leaving Blackpool sooner rather than later. If he wants to go back home you’d think Palace is a good shout, especially given where they are in the league.