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Clarets Narrow Manager Search

20 October 2012

Three or four names in frame as chase closes in

Joint chairman John Banaszkiewicz says the Clarets have whittled down their chase for a new manager to three or four names as they close in on a permanent replacement for Eddie Howe.

After an initial round of interviews this week, Banaszkiewicz, co-chairman Mike Garlick and chief executive Lee Hoos have drawn up a short-list of candidates.

And they hope that will lead to an appointment within a week.

“It’s been quite an eventful week,” said Banaszkiewicz (above).

“We have been up and down the country and interviewed over 15 managers so far.

“We are going to shortlist them to three and four early next and have second interviews and we will get the rest of the board involved as well.

“It’s quite difficult to pick the best one because there are three or four who are really capable and hungry for the job.

“But I hope we will have an announcement by next weekend in terms of who that candidate is.”

Banaszkiewicz admits he has been encouraged with the calibre of candidates looking to replace Howe at Turf Moor.

And he believes Burnley will be in a position of strength to build with the new man at the helm.

He added: “I have been impressed with the quality and the hunger and desire to come and manage Burnley. 

“They see the potential in Burnley and they see us as being ambitious and as a stable club.

“We also think it’s a good time to appoint a good manager because we are only 20 per cent of the way into the season, and it’s also been interesting to listen to the comments from these prospective managers about our team and set-up and where we need to tweak and improve things.”

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