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Pashley Starts Derby Build-Up

16 October 2012

Caretaker boss happy to takes the reins

Terry Pashley has stepped into the managerial breach at Turf Moor with his focus on preparing the players for a derby-day tilt at Blackpool.

Pashley has been confirmed as caretaker-manager following the departure of Eddie Howe to AFC Bournemouth and will be in charge for Saturday's tea-time clash against the Seasiders.

And the long-serving youth coach is ready to do what it takes to get the Clarets’ Championship challenge back on track as the search for a new manager goes on.

“We have all got a job to do. We are all here to work for Burnley Football Club,” said Pashley, who oversaw training at Gawthorpe on Tuesday morning.

“We are here to work and coach, the boys are here to play and if we are in this position come Saturday, three points is our aim.

“We have got to look to get three points against Blackpool.

“That’s the one thing we are concentrating on. We have no control on the things outside that. We will concentrate on the things we have control over, and that is training.”

Terry Pashley oversees training at Gawthorpe

Pashley becomes caretaker boss for the third time, although the 55-year-old is yet to lead the Clarets in a first-team fixture.

That is set to change with a permanent appointment not scheduled before the derby clash at Turf Moor.

And the Clarets know they will be in safe hands in the shape of the former Burnley and Blackpool full-back, who is being assisted by goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer and youth staff Andy Farrell and Jason Blake. 

“It’s a different challenge from working with the young boys on a daily basis, to come and work with the first team,” added Pashley, who guided Burnley to the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup last season.

“I thoroughly enjoy it and we’ll wait and see how long it goes on for.

“We have just got to keep going day-to-day, and if it goes to Friday for the Saturday game we will just keep preparing the boys for the game against Blackpool.”

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