Flynn favourite to take charge at Turf Moor

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Burnley are set to move Stan Ternent out of the management seat and replace him with their old boy Brian Flynn. Ternent's contract will not be renewed at the end of the season in the latest cutback at the financially-strapped Turf Moor.

The First Division strugglers have set their sights on the former Wrexham and Swansea manager as the man to cope with their limited budget in future. Ternent had been unhappy with the way the club's ambitions had dipped, but he had planned to fight on. The chairman, Barry Kilby, decided otherwise.

Burnley will sell a couple of their higher paid players this summer, headed by their top scorer Robbie Blake, and they will need a manager who can work without much money. Flynn is out of work and still lives in Burnley. He had a successful spell as a player for the club at the start of his career and will need to lean on his popularity as the Clarets face hard days ahead.

Ternent is planning a farewell against Sunderland on Sunday when he will also outline his plans for the future. The experienced coach wants to bounce back and could be a target for Sheffield Wednesday if Ken Bates wins power there.

Ternent's reign has been colourful, including the signings of Ian Wright and Paul Gascoigne, plus some heated rows with players and officials. However, financial restraints destroyed his dreams of taking Burnley into the Premiership.

Leeds United are set to approach Crystal Palace's Iain Dowie to become their manager. Steve Parkin, who is expected to take over ownership of the club, wants a hungry up-and-coming manager and Dowie has been identified as the ideal candidate following his remarkable work in taking Palace from the bottom quarter of the First Division into a play-off place.

Eddie Gray's days as manager appear numbered after Leeds' relegation to the First Division, but he will be offered another job at Elland Road. Dowie is seen as the ideal replacement and Leeds believe he could be tempted to leave Palace, particularly as he has a house fairly close in Lancashire and his children are being educated in the area. An approach was made to Gordon Strachan, but he may be put off by the uncertainty about the club's ownership and doubts about funds for players.

Gray will be told in the next 10 days if he is to continue as manager. A former Elland Road favourite as a player, he was drafted in as manager following the sacking of Peter Reid in November but failed to keep Leeds in the top flight.

"This week I will be meeting with Eddie and going through what he thinks is wrong with this football club," the managing director, David Richmond, told a press conference following a board meeting on Tuesday. "I will report back to the board and they will decide if Eddie is going to be manager next season and that will be sorted out in the next week to 10 days."

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