Carlton Palmer? Yes, Carlton Palmer

Last updated : 16 November 2007 By Tony Scholes
Those worries have been enhanced today with the news that Carlton Palmer has applied for the job, although it has to be said there is no evidence to suggest his application is being taken too seriously.

Palmer is desperate to get back into work, and from what we hear is throwing his name in wherever he thinks he might have a chance. This is the manager who finally brought to an end Stockport County's five year run in the second tier of English football before taking on Mansfield and doing an even worse job at Field Mill.

He hasn't worked as a manager since leaving Mansfield in September 2005 after ten months at the helm, but now he thinks he might be in with a chance of landing the Burnley job. He's not the only surprise either on the list of applicants. It is being reported that Joe Kinnear is another to have sent in his CV. Kinnear last managed at Nottingham Forest where he was dismissed in December 2004.

There's always Micky Adams - last seen in charge of Coventry whilst there's also an intriguing applicant in Mick Harford who has recently left QPR where he had five games as caretaker manager. Harford's main experience as a manager was at Rotherham in 2005 where he won just five out of thirty games in eight months.

Despite some of these names, we are getting closer, and it is believed that former Hartlepool and Luton boss Mike Newell and current Blackpool manager Simon Grayson are very much on the short list. Who will join them on that list? I wouldn't rule out Brian Laws just yet.