Two week deadline for new boss

Last updated : 09 November 2007 By Tony Scholes
At a press conference this afternoon that projected the club's professional image chairman Barry Kilby said: "Obviously there have been people calling. We are a Championship club so we are bound to get plenty of people putting their hat into the ring.

"We will have a look at everybody, but I think we need to act quickly. It is slightly different than last time, when Stan Ternent left us in the summer. Obviously we are a quarter of the way into the season and I am quite glad that we have this two week window to give us some breathing space."

In an interview afterwards Operational Director Brendan Flood added: "We would like someone within the next two weeks. There have probably been a dozen canvassing the club and onto me via different people.

"I think we will have a lot to choose from. We probably have our preferences already and there are some interesting ones wanting to come to Burnley. There are definitely people on that list people would recognise, but they have to fit the credentials we are after.

"They have to be respectful of the club's culture because we are a family club and we have traditions. They must buy into the business plan, buy into the football plan and be capable of being in a bigger league because that's what we want.

"We don't want to get a square peg in a round hole and we will be mindful of that. So it will be someone who can settle in quickly."

On the departing Cotterill, Kilby said: "Let me first say that Steve Cotterill has all the capabilities to be a Premiership manager. However, what has happened in the last ten games and the slide down the table, maybe the directors thought it was time for a change.

"Steve was the longest serving manager in the division and sometimes you do need to take stock and start again. The Hull defeat was a defining moment I think. We still have ambitions to get into the top six of this division and I was very conscious that we were sliding down the table. We have had draws that should have been wins, but after a chat with Steve maybe this new start is what the club needs."