Premier League outfit Burnley are expanding their search to Europe in their quest to find a successor to Sean Dyche, as per a report from journalist Alan Nixon on Patreon.
Several Championship managers have become potential candidates for the job with Middlesbrough’s Chris Wilder one man who was directly questioned about a move to Turf Moor – but seemingly refused to rule out a switch.
However, he is currently in a play-off battle with Boro and similar applies to Nathan Jones at Luton Town, who is on the verge of guiding the Hatters to a top-six place and is still committed to the cause at Kenilworth Road according to this same report from Nixon.
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And with Wayne Rooney wanting to rebuild at Derby County, that has seemingly ruled the 36-year-old out of the race for the vacancy in Lancashire with no immediate replacement for Dyche coming in as the Clarets look to remain afloat in the top tier.
A solution doesn’t look set to be found imminently after talks with Sam Allardyce failed to progress – and this previously looked set to put the trio of Championship managers up their top-flight outfit’s target list.
However, it has now been revealed that owner Alan Pace has expanded his search to Europe and is even planning to meet a manager from the continent today, potentially a big step forward for the top-tier side.
And it may also come as a welcome boost to Luton, Boro and Derby with all three managers adored by their respective fanbases, with Wilder, Jones and Rooney all doing remarkable jobs during the 2021/22 campaign.
It wouldn’t make sense for Wilder or Jones to move on at this point with a top-six place up for grabs, especially the former because Luton are now favourites to secure their spot in the top six and with the Welshman’s move away from Kenilworth Road failing to work out last time, it would be a surprise to see him make the decision to move away again without a lot of consideration.
He is building something special in Bedfordshire and the same could be said for Wilder at the Riverside Stadium, with his team certainly showing signs that they can take the step up to the top tier after knocking the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur out of the FA Cup this season.
Rooney making the move up could make slightly more sense, though he will want to see out the season at Derby regardless of their situation and in Burnley’s current situation, they need a manager to come in as soon as possible.
This made a move for the trio unlikely anyway, but this latest report can only be a relief to the second-tier trio who will be hoping their current managers guide them forward for the foreseeable future.