Former England winger Chris Waddle was given his first managerial role when he was appointed as the Clarets’ player-manager, replacing Adrian Heath who had moved to Everton.
Waddle brought in as his assistant the ex-Watford manager Glenn Roeder, also appointing as coaches former England internationals Gordon Cowans and Chris Woods, both of whom ended up playing alongside Waddle during the 1997-98 campaign.
It’s probably fair to say that Chris Waddle’s only season at Turf Moor was not an unqualified success. There were no wins and just one goal in the first seven league and League Cup matches and just four victories before the turn of the year saw the Clarets rock bottom.
Burnley spent virtually the whole of the second half of the season in the relegation zone and by late March were rooted at the bottom again.
Suddenly, as the end of the campaign approached, there were a few good results and a glimmer of hope. The last game was at home to Plymouth, also in the bottom four, and it was winner takes all. Just to add to the drama, if Brentford won their last game, both Burnley and Plymouth would be relegated!
Andy Cooke was on target after just 12 minutes then Argyle equalised 13 minutes later, with Cooke scoring his second to put the Clarets ahead again just before half time. That’s how it finished, so far so good.
Then the news came through that Brentford had lost at Bristol Rovers and it was confirmed that Burnley were staying up.
The reaction from Chris Waddle in the following days was very low-key and just a week later the news broke that he had left Turf Moor.