Date: 11th January 2010 at 9:17am
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Keep coming back to this article today. As news breaks on our managerial targets in the media, Vital Burnley will update you and bring you the latest gossip and rumours.

Yesterday was not a good day for Clarets fans, a day that once more could only be described as Sunday, Bloody Sunday.

Having already lost Owen Coyle to Bolton the humiliation was complete when it was confirmed the whole of our backroom staff would also be upping sticks and moving down the road to the Reebok, even Steve Davis.Our once revered Chief Coach, someone we thought had Claret blood running through his veins also took a knife and stabbed all Clarets fans in the back.

Normally when a manager leaves you can expect him to take some of his team with him, but there is usually still someone obvious left who can take over as caretaker manager. In our case though we have been completely wiped out with Sandy Stewart, Steve Davis, Phil Hughes and John Henry all joining Coyle at Bolton.

The club did its best to put on a brave face and announced that Director of Youth Development Martin Dobson and Youth Team Coach Terry Pashley would be in charge of first team duties at Turf Moor until further notice.Dobson and Pashley would also be aided by club captain Steven Caldwell, along with acting captain Graham Alexander.

Life goes on and there are games coming up to think about. What a time to be playing Manchester United at Old Trafford. Well that is our next match this Saturday.

Brendan Flood intimated that a new manager could be ensconced by the time of this game allowing whoever it is to enjoy a baptism of fire. Dobbo and Co therefore could just be holding the reins for a few days while an announcement is made. According to the Lancashire Telegraph today,Kilby and Flood hope to be closer to naming Coyle`s successor by Wednesday, ahead of Saturday`s trip to Old Trafford, but who will it be?

Brian Laws

Our former player and ex-manager of Sheffield Wednesday is currently joint favourite to take over the reins along with Huddersfield Town gaffer Lee Clark according to some of the bookies. Would Laws though he be either a popular or sensible choice?

The Clarets have of course been linked with Laws before and it was reported last time that we wanted to speak to him after Steve Cotterill left by mutual consent. The Owls board at the time were furious about our advances and eventually it all petered out and Coyle got the job.

Back then though we were just a Championship side and Laws was considered a safe pair of hands. He did not turn out to be a safe pair of hands for Sheffield Wednesday though and with the club in deep trouble in 20th spot and facing relegation this season, Laws left the the club by mutual consent only last month to be recently replaced by Alan Irvine.

Laws would in general be seen as a dull appointment by Clarets fans and in effect as well as having no experience of management in the top flight could now be viewed as a failed manager at Championship level. He could be a huge gamble and Clarets fans will be hoping we choose someone more dynamic and experienced.Thw Lancashire Telegraph though believe Laws has already had a second interview at Turf Moor

Lee Clark

Betting has been suspended on the 37-year-old Huddersfield manager taking over at Turf Moor.

According to the Lancashire Telegraph Clark was interviewed by Clarets chairman Barry Kilby and operational director Brendan Flood last night but Huddersfield Town say they have received no official approach from Burnley to speak to their manager.

Sean O’Driscoll

Wade Elliott will be well aware of the former Bournemouth boss. The 52 year old manager is currently in charge of Doncaster Rovers and is understood to have been interviewed for the position at Turf Moor

Alan Curbishley

Curbishley would be many Clarets fans choice to fill the vacancy and rumours abound that he has already been interviewed at the club.

He would have all the experience necessary to lead a Premier League side in the top flight.He spent 15 years at Charlton Athletic and during that time masterminded the revival of the club’s fortunes with two promotions into the Premier League.

Charlton became an established Premier League side during his rein but he eventually left the club in April 2006 and the Addicks slide down the leagues is now legendary.

After a short spell out of the game, Curbishley eventually returned to management with West Ham in December 2006 at a time when the Hammers looked certain candidates for relegation into the Championship. Curbishley led West Ham to seven wins out of their last nine games including notable victories against Arsenal and Manchester United ensuring the club’s survival in the top flight.

Unhappy with the transfer policy at the club, Curbishly tendered his resignation in September 2008. Despite being linked with a number of high-profile managerial positions since then he has not returned to management to date but has continued his sideline as a TV pundit.

There is a feeling Curbishley would not be interested in a move to Burnley because we are up North. It looks like he is another manager,like Steve Coppell who prefers to ply his trade down South. The 52 year old former West Ham, Brighton and Charlton player was born in the East End too. The furthest he has been north of Watford was two spells he had as a player in the Midlands with first Birmingham and then Aston Villa.

There were media rumours over the weekend too that he could be in line to replace Paul Hart as manager at QPR in the close season. He is believed to be a candidate along with former Rs boss Luigi De Canio

Paul Ince

This will go down well with Clarets fans but I guess it’s inevitable we would be linked eventually to the former failed Blackburn Rovers manager, Paul Ince who is currently manager of MK Dons and is enjoying his second spell in charge of the League One side.

Thanks but no thanks!