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Duff Backs Clarets To Kick On

23 October 2012

Defender believes there is the talent at Turf Moor to prosper

Senior professional Michael Duff is backing the dressing room to handle the change of management at Turf Moor and kick the Clarets on up the Championship table.

Duff admits he didn’t anticipate the departure of Eddie Howe until developments on a return to Bournemouth gathered pace on the south coast.

And while the experienced defender – Burnley’s longest serving player behind Brian Jensen – is in the dark about the identity of Howe’s replacement, he believes the Clarets have the talent to prosper.

“Managers come and go. Some people will be more disappointed than others. Some people will be happy,” said Duff.

“It’s what happens whenever a manager leaves a football club. It’s a cliché but it’s a clean slate for everyone when the new man comes in.

“It might be more difficult for the younger players because it might be the first time it’s happened to them, but you do get used it and you have to look after yourself.

“When you are experienced and it has happened a few times you can maybe help one or two of the younger ones.

“There were a few of the lads who were quite upset, probably lads who were brought in by Eddie and who are maybe not quite sure what the future holds for them because they are not the manager’s man now.

“But they have to back themselves because everyone here is a good footballer and that’s the reason why they’re here.

Voice of experience

“It’s important they back themselves and look after themselves, which in turn will look after the club and hopefully the new manager.

“If you look at the age of the squad and the potential it has got, there is a lot of potential to go onto bigger and better things.

“Ideally the new man comes in and gets everyone to gel together and there’s a good chance we could do something good.”

In the meantime, Burnley are in the safe hands of caretaker manager Terry Pashley.

Pashley’s first game in charge brought a 1-0 win over Blackpool last Saturday.

And with Duff restored to a defence which helped keep a clean sheet since  the opening day of the Championship season, the 34-year-old hopes to keep the revival going at Bristol City tonight

“I don’t know if we deserve to be higher up the table but we feel have the players and the ability to be higher up,” Duff added.

“We feel we should be higher than we are and hopefully Saturday was the start of climbing the league.

“The thing we have struggled with this season is stringing results back to back, and in this league more than any if you can string two or three results together it can rocket you up the league.

“Bristol City are a decent team but hopefully we can build on Saturday and get a positive result.”

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