Date:Tuesday January 31 2006
Despite clues suggesting his imminent appointment as Leicester City manager, and a website statement suggested that might have been as early as tomorrow, Burnley's Steve Cotterill has now distanced himself from the job.
However he stopped short of quite ruling out the move completely.
Of the approach from Leicester he said on the Official Burnley FC site:
"The Chairman has turned it down and that's how it is.
"I'm very privileged and honoured that Leicester have asked to speak to me and I thank them for that, but at the end of the day I'm manager of Burnley and I don't envisage that changing tomorrow or Saturday and we'll wait and see what develops now.
"I've had a chat with the Chairman today and we'll chat again tomorrow. He's made it known what he wants.
"A new contract might come out of it and it will look like it's on the back of Leicester. That may happen but there are a few other things that we need to talk about."
The speculation over Cotterill's appointment intensified yesterday when Burnley chairman Brian Kilby said he was set for what amounted to crisis talks with Cotterill at the club today in which he was expected to offer an extended contract.
However a Manchester newspaper journalist reportedly told his friend "bald reynard", a poster on Foxestalk, who broke the Ian Hume story on that site recently, that Burnley groundstaff had already revealed that Cotterill was saying his goodbyes and heading for Leicester.
The website forum buzzed with the talk about the claim that tomorrow was the day.
Quite separately, regular Foxestalk poster Idea or Ikea wrote that he had heard that Cotterill was meeting with City officials after tonight's match against QPR (Burnley were at Brighton) for final talks then travelling to stay in Leicester overnight.
This linked with news reported from the Lancashire journalist on Foxestalk saying the official announcement would be tomorrow morning.
It is quite probable however, that the talks with the chairman yesterday smoothed troubled waters on various issues and were also appealing in terms of the potential contract he might be offered.
Certainly it looks very much as if circumstances changed dramatically with that meeting. But is it the end of the matter and will City now turn to others in the wings?
Copy of the original Foxestalk post and timing
Yesterday, 03:58 PM
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I'd like to be first to post the news that our new manager is Steve Cotterill. This comes from my mate who's a journalist on the Manchester evening paper (the same who gave me the tip - the first posted on City sites - that Iain Hume was coming to us).
Apparently the news won't be official until tomorrow morning (after the Burnley game). The spiel from our Burnley groundstaff friend that SC is saying goodbye to all at Turf Moor is probably right up to date then.
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