Date: 7th January 2010 at 4:24pm
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Vital Burnley will bring you daily snippets of the managerial shenanigans reported in the media as the search for a new Burnley manager hots up. We should know within fourteen days who the new manager will be if the timing announced by Brendan Flood is achieved.

Keep coming back each day to see the latest gossip.

Peter Reid (Stoke Assistant)

The Lancashire Telegraph today believe Peter Reid is a potential candidate for the managerial vacancy at Turf Moor.

Burnley could be tempted to look at a more experienced manager and the LT reporter, Suzanne Geldard states that a manager in the mould of Reid would be ideal and certainly less of a gamble than a new, up and coming gaffer.

Reid is mentioned in particualr because it is understood he came a close second last time round before Coyle was untimately given the job.

He might be a safe pair of hands but it would be seen as a pretty dull appointment by most Clarets fans

Paul Lambert(Norwich)

Norwich have been so concerned that their manager has been linked to the Burnley vacancy they have issued an official statement from Canaries director Michael Foulger.

He confidently predicts that Lambert will not be lured away.

‘Once again we have had no approach for Paul,’ he told the club’s official website.

‘I’m really impressed with his commitment to Norwich City and the way he goes about his business and I want him to take this club forward.’

Strongly tipped by the bookies all of a sudden, the League One manager may have turned round the fortunes of Norwich but he has no Premier League experience or even Championship exposure having managed Livingston, Wycombe Wanderers and Colchester United prior to moving to Carrow Road.

Lambert may fit the criteria Burnley used last time in recruiting Coyle in terms of being an up-and-coming young tactician but surely there has to be a limit.If we are to survive in the top flight surely we have to go for experience and can’t afford to take the risk with someone who has not managed before in the EPL or has any experience with a Premier League club even as a player.

Paulo Sousa(Swansea)

Swansea manager Paulo Sousa is another manager that has been linked with the job and he is also understood to have ambitions to manage in the top flight. Swansea have felt it necessary to issue an hands-off warning.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said:

“One, I don`t think Burnley will be getting in touch with me. And two, even if they do, I think you can state that I won`t be letting any club talk to our manager.”

Sousa again though has no experience at this level having only managed Championship clubs,QPR and the Swans.

John Hughes(Hibs)

Hibernian boss John Hughes is believed to have been recommended to Burnley FC by his close friend and outgoing manager Owen Coyle but he has issued a statement suggesting he is perfectly happy to stay at Hibernian at the moment:

‘The English Premier League interests me, but not at this moment in time and I’m honest in that,’ he told Sky Sports News.

‘I’ve worked ever so hard to get to Hibs. It’s a club I hold close to my heart and I say to the fans I’m here for the next four or five years.

‘To do that I’ve got to make sure I don’t sit back and rest on my laurels. I need to get results and keep building that squad.

‘So that’s my message to the Hibs supporters. In football you can never say never, but I’m 100 per cent committed to the cause at Hibs.’

Aye stay up there John! I have had enough of Scottish managers.

Brian Laws (Ex-Owls manager)

I suppose it was predictable we would eventually be linked to him and of course as a former player he would be welcome at the club but let’s be brutally honest do we really want a failed Championship manager?

Sky Bet and William Hill currently have him favourite though at around 7/2 ahead of both Paul Jewell and Paul Lambert in joint second place at 5/1. Mike Phelan appears to have dropped down the pecking order at 10/1.

Other Stuff

Sam Allardyce has chirped up today commenting on the Coyle saga.

He says:

“They (Burnley) should have broken the bank to keep him because he has shown to be single-handedly, the key, most important person at Burnley for many, many years. They should have gone a lot farther to try and keep him.”

Yes, thank you for that one Big Sam, so you don’t fancy coming here then? No? Good

It looks like the compensation wrangle has put a spanner in the works as far as Bolton’s plans were concerned.

The Daily Mail suggest Bolton caretaker manager Chris Evans looks set to be in charge for the Trotters trip to Sunderland as the club continue to try and broker a compensation deal with Burnley for manager Owen Coyle.

Ha,ha,ha that seems to have put a stop to Gartside’s confident prediction that Coyle would be in charge by the time of this match.

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