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Burnley FC blog: Top marks to Kilby for getting the right man
We, as football fans, are an easily distracted bunch.
And thankfully there was plenty of off-the-pitch action to keep us suitably distracted from a game which is probably best described as ‘mediocre’ at best.
It wasn’t from a lack of effort from either side, it was just one of those games where both teams cancelled each other out and chances were, sadly, few and far between.
It was a decent point against league leaders Queens Park Rangers and a first clean sheet since way-back-when.
Neil Warnock’s sides are notoriously difficult to break down and his QPR charges on Saturday proved to be no exceptions.
We carved out a few half-chances, as did the visitors, but we were never really able to test Paddy Kenny in the Rangers’ goal.
Jay Rodriguez, who tired as the afternoon went on, had the pick of the chances, a shot he dragged horribly wide after cutting in from the left, and a thunderbolt which cannoned off a defender for a corner.
Jack Cork scooped the fans’ man of the match award and while the on-loan Chelsea man again showed why he needs to be snapped up on a permanent transfer, I think Michael Duff or Danny Fox probably just pip him for me.
I have never been much of a Fox fan but I thought he was superb on Saturday, both defensively and going forward.
Equally too, Duff was brilliant at centre half, throwing himself into challenges despite having already picked up a booking.
Despite only picking up a point - which was probably a fair result to be honest - there was plenty else to celebrate.
It was fantastic to finally have the chance to recognise the contribution former captain and manager Jimmy Adamson made to this famous old club and the sight of him waving to the crowds from the lounge named after him made the hairs on the back of the neck stand up.
It is over 30 years since he was last at Turf Moor for a game having fell out of love with the club he was such an important part of for so many years.
Those years of hurt seemed to evaporate as he lapped up the crowd’s adulation, surrounded by his family and the famous Team of the Seventies.
Another man who will hope he can be half as successful as Adamson was is new boss Eddie Howe, who spent much of the afternoon trying to conceal a huge smile in the directors boss.
Chairman Barry Kilby and the board of directors have pulled off an absolute masterstroke in persuading the league’s second youngest manager to leave Bournemouth and take over from Brian Laws.
We have had to be patient but Barry deserves a lot of credit for sticking to his guns.
Some managers just seem a perfect fit with certain clubs and I think Eddie fits in extremely well with the ethos of our fantastic old club.
The way he has handled himself this last few days has been first class and, in stark contrast to the way Owen Coyle left Turf Moor 12 months ago, I think he showed a lot of integrity and I am very much looking forward to seeing his revolution take shape.
Finally, I think it is only fair to give a quick mention to Stuart Gray.
He was asked to take charge of the lads following Brian’s departure and, despite not being assured of a place in any future plans, I think he has done a sterling job.
By all accounts he is a real student of the game and the decision to keep him within the set-up will be of massive benefit to the new man.
These are exciting times at Turf Moor and I cannot wait for the Howe era to begin at Scunthorpe on Saturday.