Burnley set to appoint Waddle replacement
Today a new feature is launched on Up the Clarets and starts with the events of twenty-five years ago when Burnley Football Club looked all set to appoint a new manager as replacement for the departed Chris Waddle. Things were about to change at Turf Moor over the next few months and this feature is entitled Barry and Stan which I think fully outlines the changes that would happen at the club.
It starts on this day with the news that the search for a new manager looked at an end with Bury boss, and former Claret, Stan Ternent resigning his position at Gigg Lane ready to make the move to Burnley, just a short journey from his family home.
Speaking to the local press, Ternent said: “Managing Burnley Football Club is something I have always wanted to do. I feel the time is now right for me to take on this enormous challenge and I hope my experience will be of benefit to the club. At Bury, I feel I took the club as far as I could on the resources that were available. While Burnley are in Division Two I know, as well as everyone else, that they have fantastic support and fantastic potential.”
Chairman Frank Teasdale confirmed that a press conference had been arranged for the following day and director Clive Holt said: “We feel we have got the right man. Stan’s record in recent seasons has been excellent. He has achieved things on a budget which have been tremendous and hopefully having a little bit more clout he will be able to do even better.”
Having been shocked by Waddle’s resignation, captain Neil Moore was delighted that any uncertainty was now over and said he was looking forward to working with Ternent. “Now we know what we are coming back to. It’s clear in everybody’s minds and we have just got to impress the new manager. When you don’t know what you are coming back to it’s all up in the air, but now we can relax a bit more and look forward to coming back.” He added: “The nucleus of the squad is there from last year. I know we finished fifth from bottom but we have got some good players. I hope he gives the lads a chance from last year and the team probably needs strengthening in a couple of areas which is up to the manager.”
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