Who's next for the Turf hotseat?

This Is Lancashire: Is a return to Turf Moor on he card for Owen Coyle? Is a return to Turf Moor on he card for Owen Coyle?

Clarets reporter SUZANNE GELDARD looks at some of the possible contenders to replace Eddie Howe as manager at Turf Moor...

Graham Alexander

Age: 41

Background: Popular with Burnley fans after playing a pivotal role in the Clarets’ promotion campaign in 2008/09. Then a senior player, he has since moved into coaching and is head of youth development at Preston after a spell as caretaker boss with David Unsworth.

Suzanne says: While Alexander has never managed before, the 1,000-game man has his name etched in Burnley folklore. A scholar of the game.

Michael Appleton

Age: 36

Background: A player with Manchester United, Preston and West Brom, he worked as assistant manager to Roberto di Matteo and Roy Hodgson at the Hawthorns. Moved into management with Portsmouth last season but continues to face battles with off-field chaos at Fratton Park. Linked with the vacancy at Bolton.

Suzanne says: Proved he doesn’t need a big budget to get performances from players.

Paul Cook

Age: 45

Background: Played for Burnley between 1999 and 2003 and is now manager of Accrington Stanley. Has guided the Reds to an impressive start to the new season, having previously taken Irish side Sligo Rovers from obscurity to title contention – also lifting the League of Ireland Cup and the FAI Cup on two occasions.

Suzanne says: Has a strong affinity with the club, and several honours on his CV. May not have spent long enough managing in the Football League for the board’s liking.

Owen Coyle

Age: 46

Background: A master of motivation, the Scot has proven he can deliver results quickly, as he did at Burnley, and St Johnstone and Bolton either side of that. He has previous for having problems when form dips though, and there was the controversy over his Turf Moor exit.

Suzanne says: Can the board, or the fans, trust him after what happened last time? Rank outsider after Lee Hoos’ comments.

Billy Davies

Age: 48

Background: The Scot was once the manager of Burnley’s Lancashire rivals Preston, twice taking them to the Championship play-offs. He then got Derby County promoted before leaving with the Rams bottom of the Premier League. His last job was at Nottingham Forest, where he again took them into the play-offs twice but had disputes over transfer dealings.

Suzanne says: A track record of getting teams into the play-offs and promoted, although possibly not in the ‘young manager’ category.

Steve P Davis

Age: 47

Background: Took over from Dario Gradi as Crewe boss last season and oversaw a remarkable rise up the League Two table, ending in promotion through the play-offs. One of two defenders called Steve Davis to play for Burnley, doing so between 1987 and 1991. Has also managed Northwich Victoria and Nantwich.

Suzanne says: Popular as a player at Turf Moor. Has filled the boots of Dario Gradi well.

Steve M Davis

Age: 43

Background: Was part of Burnley’s backroom staff under Steve Cotterill and Owen Coyle before controversially following the latter to Bolton, despite being placed in caretaker charge at Turf Moor. Also had three spells with the Clarets as a player over the course of 14 years.

Suzanne says: A legend as a player but not sure how fans would feel after his status was tarnished by his exit with Coyle.

Keith Hill

Age: 43

Background: The former Blackburn Rovers defender took his first managerial job at Rochdale in 2006. He enjoyed five years at Spotland and, despite working with a tight budget, guided the club out of the fourth tier for the first time in 36 years. He joined Barnsley in 2011.

Suzanne says: This no-frills manager encourages the eye-catching brand of football that Clarets fans enjoy.

Warren Joyce

Age: 47

Background: Currently a respected member of Alex Ferguson’s coaching staff at Manchester United, managing the reserve team since 2010. Joyce played for Burnley betweeen 1993 and 1996 and went on to manage Hull City, keeping them in the Football League, as well as Belgian side Royal Antwerp.

Suzanne says: Probably an outside bet for the job, but will have learned from the master at Old Trafford.

Micky Mellon

Age: 40

Background: Since taking charge of Fleetwood Town in 2008, the former Clarets has taken the Cod Army from the bottom of the Blue Square North into the Football League for the first time in their history. He had previously held a coaching role with Burnley’s Centre of Excellence, and split his time between the two roles, until Fleetwood went full time.

Suzanne says: Knows the club, loves the club – will engineer a great team ethic, with or without a budget.

Mike Phelan

Age: 50

Background: Grew up in Nelson and started his playing career at Burnley before moving on to Norwich and Manchester United. Had spells as assistant to Gary Megson at Norwich, Blackpool and Stockport before returning to United, first with the reserves and now as assistant to Alex Ferguson.

Suzanne says: Linked with a return to the club for the last few vacancies. Could be his best chance to make the break as a number one.

David Unsworth

Age: 38

Background: Had a season with Burnley as a player but turned down a coaching role because he wanted to continue playing, joining Huddersfield. Later did move into coaching with Preston, working as caretaker boss with Graham Alexander, but left following Graham Westley’s arrival.

Suzanne says: Capable of making the transition from coach to manager. Keen to promote youth.

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5:05pm Sat 13 Oct 12

Old rover says...

There's only 1 judas , on his way back to turd moor
There's only 1 judas , on his way back to turd moor Old rover
  • Score: -2

5:22pm Sat 13 Oct 12

RUinsane says...

Wow look at Jimmy Krankie and his Just for Men hair do. Its taken at least 12 months off him. Question, if he does go back to t turf, will he be taking his backroom staff and shergars teeth with him?
Wow look at Jimmy Krankie and his Just for Men hair do. Its taken at least 12 months off him. Question, if he does go back to t turf, will he be taking his backroom staff and shergars teeth with him? RUinsane
  • Score: -3

6:27pm Sat 13 Oct 12

buzzinfly says...

Its got to be Owen Coyle. Speaking to a Burnley fan he said most Burnley fans still love him. Its just the fickle ones who don't want him back,the idiot ones who sent the banner on the plane.
So Owen Coyle.
Its got to be Owen Coyle. Speaking to a Burnley fan he said most Burnley fans still love him. Its just the fickle ones who don't want him back,the idiot ones who sent the banner on the plane. So Owen Coyle. buzzinfly
  • Score: -3

6:47pm Sat 13 Oct 12

real betis hotpot says...

Steve Kean
Steve Kean real betis hotpot
  • Score: 4

6:54pm Sat 13 Oct 12

MikeMada says...

buzzinfly wrote:
Its got to be Owen Coyle. Speaking to a Burnley fan he said most Burnley fans still love him. Its just the fickle ones who don't want him back,the idiot ones who sent the banner on the plane.
So Owen Coyle.
Fortunately, it's around 50% who wouldn't want horseface back. No integrity, no responsibility for totally inadequate tactical prowess. He's not wanted by the passionate supporters and he can go anywhere else he likes - but not Turf Moor. Mickey Mellon for me.
[quote][p][bold]buzzinfly[/bold] wrote: Its got to be Owen Coyle. Speaking to a Burnley fan he said most Burnley fans still love him. Its just the fickle ones who don't want him back,the idiot ones who sent the banner on the plane. So Owen Coyle.[/p][/quote]Fortunately, it's around 50% who wouldn't want horseface back. No integrity, no responsibility for totally inadequate tactical prowess. He's not wanted by the passionate supporters and he can go anywhere else he likes - but not Turf Moor. Mickey Mellon for me. MikeMada
  • Score: 0

6:55pm Sat 13 Oct 12

MikeMada says...

I'd suggest it's a red card for Coyle and nothin less. He is simply not welcome at Turf Moor.
I'd suggest it's a red card for Coyle and nothin less. He is simply not welcome at Turf Moor. MikeMada
  • Score: 2

7:05pm Sat 13 Oct 12

1rover says...

HOWE ABOUT KEAN YOU LOW LIVES.
HOWE ABOUT KEAN YOU LOW LIVES. 1rover
  • Score: 1

7:35pm Sat 13 Oct 12

doggert says...

1rover wrote:
HOWE ABOUT KEAN YOU LOW LIVES.
Lad, Kean has been on BFCs payroll for the last two-three years... And he did his job very neatly.
[quote][p][bold]1rover[/bold] wrote: HOWE ABOUT KEAN YOU LOW LIVES.[/p][/quote]Lad, Kean has been on BFCs payroll for the last two-three years... And he did his job very neatly. doggert
  • Score: 3

11:12am Sun 14 Oct 12

Chris P Bacon says...

Coyle will be announced as Burnley's new manager before Tuesday is over. Mark my words!
Coyle will be announced as Burnley's new manager before Tuesday is over. Mark my words! Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 0

1:33pm Sun 14 Oct 12

bburnrover says...

agent kean wants to assist you in your endeavours to remain in the championship.
agent kean wants to assist you in your endeavours to remain in the championship. bburnrover
  • Score: 2

1:40pm Sun 14 Oct 12

RUinsane says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
Coyle will be announced as Burnley's new manager before Tuesday is over. Mark my words!
There you go, if a leg shaver says its a done deal then its set in stone. My word is my bond lance armstrong has proven that leg shavers tell no lies.
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: Coyle will be announced as Burnley's new manager before Tuesday is over. Mark my words![/p][/quote]There you go, if a leg shaver says its a done deal then its set in stone. My word is my bond lance armstrong has proven that leg shavers tell no lies. RUinsane
  • Score: -1

3:12pm Sun 14 Oct 12

merlinrabbit says...

doggert wrote:
1rover wrote:
HOWE ABOUT KEAN YOU LOW LIVES.
Lad, Kean has been on BFCs payroll for the last two-three years... And he did his job very neatly.
But we kept telling you he is a double agent. Your turn next
[quote][p][bold]doggert[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]1rover[/bold] wrote: HOWE ABOUT KEAN YOU LOW LIVES.[/p][/quote]Lad, Kean has been on BFCs payroll for the last two-three years... And he did his job very neatly.[/p][/quote]But we kept telling you he is a double agent. Your turn next merlinrabbit
  • Score: 1

4:18pm Sun 14 Oct 12

Hovis1945 says...

Hot seat - you're having a laugh it is not like it is important is it!!!
Hot seat - you're having a laugh it is not like it is important is it!!! Hovis1945
  • Score: 2

5:30pm Sun 14 Oct 12

DirtyHarry says...

1rover wrote:
HOWE ABOUT KEAN YOU LOW LIVES.
How about your mum?
[quote][p][bold]1rover[/bold] wrote: HOWE ABOUT KEAN YOU LOW LIVES.[/p][/quote]How about your mum? DirtyHarry
  • Score: 0

6:47pm Sun 14 Oct 12

cathedral citi says...

What? No big names like ole Gunnar solksjaer, or Berndt shuster, linked with turd moor? The club that claims to be the most well supported per head, than any other in the whole world?

Yes, delusional grandeur is one thing, but reality is another! The mighty Rovers are mightier than the dingle boys!

When you lot talk about attendances, you include the resident rats, cockroaches and woodlice to make up the numbers..... Silly delusional dingles.....
What? No big names like ole Gunnar solksjaer, or Berndt shuster, linked with turd moor? The club that claims to be the most well supported per head, than any other in the whole world? Yes, delusional grandeur is one thing, but reality is another! The mighty Rovers are mightier than the dingle boys! When you lot talk about attendances, you include the resident rats, cockroaches and woodlice to make up the numbers..... Silly delusional dingles..... cathedral citi
  • Score: -1

9:33pm Sun 14 Oct 12

burnleyglentoran says...

cathedral citi wrote:
What? No big names like ole Gunnar solksjaer, or Berndt shuster, linked with turd moor? The club that claims to be the most well supported per head, than any other in the whole world?

Yes, delusional grandeur is one thing, but reality is another! The mighty Rovers are mightier than the dingle boys!

When you lot talk about attendances, you include the resident rats, cockroaches and woodlice to make up the numbers..... Silly delusional dingles.....
We matter so much that you take the time out your Sunday evening to come on a Burnley site and comment!

Oh the irony.......

BRKFC - JUST A LAUGHING STOCK NEAR SHADSWORTH
[quote][p][bold]cathedral citi[/bold] wrote: What? No big names like ole Gunnar solksjaer, or Berndt shuster, linked with turd moor? The club that claims to be the most well supported per head, than any other in the whole world? Yes, delusional grandeur is one thing, but reality is another! The mighty Rovers are mightier than the dingle boys! When you lot talk about attendances, you include the resident rats, cockroaches and woodlice to make up the numbers..... Silly delusional dingles.....[/p][/quote]We matter so much that you take the time out your Sunday evening to come on a Burnley site and comment! Oh the irony....... BRKFC - JUST A LAUGHING STOCK NEAR SHADSWORTH burnleyglentoran
  • Score: 0

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