Caretaker boss looks forward to 'first' gameTerry Pashley admits he will go with his ‘gut instinct’ when he picks his first team as stand-in Burnley boss.
Pashley will be in charge for the Clarets’ televised Lancashire derby against Blackpool after taking over as caretaker manager following the departure of Eddie Howe.
And while the long-serving youth coach has had plenty of help on the training ground this week, the buck will stop with him at Turf Moor on Saturday night.
“I’ll listen to everybody because if I’m being honest I go scouting a lot at the weekend, so I’ve only seen the first team on a few occasions at home, which was mostly mid-week,” said Pashley.
“So I will listen to all the staff, but ultimately I’ll go with what my gut feeling tells me and basically how the lads have trained.
“I know the boys and know the teams, so we’ll hopefully put a team out there that’s going to really have a go.
“We’ve got good staff here who give you good information but I know a lot about Blackpool anyway.
“I don’t think they have really changed in the last couple of years. The personnel may have changed but the way they shape up doesn’t really change a great deal.
“We will be aware of Blackpool, but I’m a believer in it’s what we really do that’ll ultimately win or lose the game.
Terry Pashley has had a positive response in training
“It’s a vital game and we want three points. We want to do ourselves justice. We want to ultimately stop the goals going in; we can’t get away from that fact.
“The boys are well aware of that fact and I’m sure they will be working extremely hard to do that.”
Pashley makes no secret of the fact that he has enjoyed the step up to working with the senior players in tandem with Andy Farrell, Jason Blake and Billy Mercer.
He has had a positive response on the training ground and after three previous spells working with the first team in between managerial appointments is looking forward to over-seeing his first League fixture – ironically against another of his former clubs and his adopted hometown team.
“I’ve had a few phone calls and a few texts already from a lot of people in the Blackpool area,” added the ex-Burnley full-back.
“Living in the town there has been a lot of friendly banter, although that might just slightly disappear by the weekend.
“I’ve played a lot for Blackpool and a lot for Burnley and they are the two main clubs that have been throughout my career.
“Still living in the town just adds that little bit of spice to it and the television even more.
“It should be very interesting and one all the boys, all the staff, all of us should be really looking forward to to go and prove how good we are.”