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Burnley make Stuart Gray caretaker boss

Stuart Gray
Gray was sacked as Northampton boss in September 2009

Burnley have appointed first-team coach Stuart Gray as caretaker manager following the sacking of Brian Laws.

Gray will take charge for the Clarets' next three games against Sheffield United and Reading in the Championship and Port Vale in the FA Cup.

The former Northampton boss, 50, will be assisted by youth team coach Terry Pashley and captain Graham Alexander.

Laws and assistant boss Russ Wilcox were sacked on Wednesday with the Clarets ninth in the table.

Burnley 0-2 Scunthorpe

Burnley 0-2 Scunthorpe

Burnley's joint operational director Brendan Flood told the club website: "It's important that we now look forward and remain positive and firmly focused on our challenge for promotion.

"We believe we have a very good squad of players which is capable of winning these next three games.

"We now have in place a caretaker management team of experienced people who have been in this position before and are highly qualified to lead the team."

St Johnstone boss Derek McInnes is among those being linked with the permanent manager's job.

A move to Turf Moor would see the former Rangers, West Brom and Dundee United midfielder follow in the footsteps of Owen Coyle who left McDiarmid Park for Burnley in November 2007.

However, St Johnstone chairman Geoff Brown has said the Perth club has had no approach from Burnley over McInnes.

"There has been nobody in touch with me and I'm not inviting them," he told BBC Scotland.

"Everything is about the manager and what he wants to do. If he wanted to go then it would require compensation. But we certainly don't want to lose him."

Former Hibernian manager John Hughes is another linked with the vacancy. BBC Scotland believes that the board are keen on Hughes due to his relationship with Coyle, the pair having been co-managers at Falkirk.

Eddie Howe, Paul Lambert and Phil Brown have also been mentioned in connection with the job.

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