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Skipper hails caretaker boss Pash

20 October 2012

By Tony Leighton

He may be 'Terry Who?' to many football followers, but Burnley's newly appointed caretaker manager Terry Pashley is an integral part of the Turf Moor set-up and highly respected by the players who have come through the npower Championship club's youth system that the temporary boss has been involved in for two decades.

Former Clarets player Pashley, who has previously stepped into the breach to coach the senior team following the departures of ex-managers Owen Coyle and Brian Laws, has taken over from Bournemouth bound Eddie Howe and is set for a big debut as near neighbours Blackpool visit Turf Moor for Saturday's evening's live TV game.

Among the players who will be busting a gut to do well for Pashley is captain Chris McCann, whose skills were honed by the youth team coach from the time the now 25-year-old midfielder left his native Dublin to join Burnley in his early teens and who even after seven years in the first team squad still looks to his mentor for advice.

McCann told "Terry was the first coach I worked under when I came to the club and he's a fantastic guy, a bubbly character who is so passionate about football and about bringing out the potential of every young player he works with. He was a great role model for me and he is still a great help.

"He watches all our home games and he will often have a chat in the week to point out things that I might be able to improve on. He actually pulled me to one side in training this week to do exactly that, and I know that he'll get the full support of all the lads for as long as he's in charge of the senior squad.

"Terry is taking over from a good man in Eddie Howe, who on a personal note I've got a lot to thank for - he showed great faith in me when I was out injured for a long time and sorted me out with a new contract, and then last season he made me captain. I'll always be thankful for that, but now I'll be giving my all for Terry."

McCann and his colleagues will need to give it their all to overcome a Blackpool side that currently sit eight places and five points above the Clarets in an extremely tight Championship. The Seasiders, beaten Play-Off finalists last term, are pushing for the top six again while inconsistent Burnley are in the bottom half of the table.

McCann said: "Our main problem has been not being able to keep clean sheets. We've lost games that we should have won due to some naive defending and that's been frustrating, but there have been some positives as well and we've been working hard during the international break to iron out one or two problem areas.

"I don't think we've put in a full 90 minutes of quality so far this season, but we need to be doing that and the Blackpool game would be a good place to start. They gave us a right beating (4-0) at their place at the end of last season so we owe them, and if we can win this one it would be a massive result that could kick-start our season."

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