Burnley appoint Terry Pashley as caretaker manager

Burnley have confirmed that Terry Pashley has taken on the role of caretaker manager following the departure of Eddie Howe to Bournemouth.

The 55-year-old, who began his playing career with the Clarets, is youth-team coach at Turf Moor and led Burnley to an FA Youth Cup semi-final last season.

He will take charge of their next game at home to Blackpool on Saturday.

Howe left Burnley on Friday to return to the south coast, citing personal reasons for his decision.

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We have got to look to get three points against Blackpool. That's the one thing we are concentrating on

Terry Pashley

Pashley will be assisted by goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer and youth staff Andy Farrell and Jason Blake.

"We have all got a job to do," Pashley told the club website. 

"We are all here to work for Burnley Football Club. 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."

Clarets chief executive Lee Hoos told the that he will not put a timescale on when a new boss will be appointed, although he has outlined what sort of manager the club are looking for.

"I don't think age has anything to do with it," said Hoos. "I think it's about quality and football philosophy.

We are not going to say we have to have someone in by the Blackpool game, or by the Bristol City game

Burnley chief executive Lee Hoos

"We have assembled a squad that plays football and is designed to play football in a particular way and we need to kick on with that.

"Of course we were all disappointed to see Eddie go, but we have to use this as an opportunity to try to get back going again and I think there are a lot of good managerial candidates out there.

"We have to use this to as much advantage as we possibly can and make sure we get the right guy in.

"It's more important to get the right person than have an artificial date. We are not going to say we have to have someone in by the Blackpool game, or by the Bristol City game [on 23 October].

"It's much more important that we get the right person for the job."

Portsmouth's Michael Appleton is one of a number of managers linked with the position, although he told BBC Radio Solent that his role at Fratton Park is "tough enough", without having time to think about being linked with other jobs.