Meet the new boss, same as the old boss - we hope, but with a subtle difference!

BURNLEY fans must be hoping that history will repeat itself - with a twist - now that their new manager has inked his three and a half year deal.

In a nutshell, we will be hoping that Eddie Howe is the new Owen Coyle, with the proviso that he stays a little longer if he achieves the same level of success.

Perhaps it is about time that Burnley fans calmed down their fury about the manner of Coyle’s leaving, disastrous for the club’s Premier League season though it was, as Bournemouth fans must surely be feeling as we did a year ago when we had our own manager poached.

For Burnley, all eyes must now be on the future.

Howe hasn’t been managing long, but the long serving Bournemouth defender - it must have hurt him to leave the club where he had spent most of his career - has an impressive record.

Like Owen Coyle, he is inexperienced but the signs are good that he can do the job.

Coyle was managing in the relative obscurity of St Johnstone in Perth, Scotland, whereas Howe’s achievements have not gone un-noticed south of the border.

Having taken charge of the Cherries in January 2009, he took Bournemouth out of the relegation zone despite a 17-point deficit and followed that up by taking them to promotion last term.

It is a gamble, but one I am happy to take.

Of all the names bandied around after Brian Laws’s departure, none of the established names that surfaced who, crucially, would have come to Turf Moor (as Stan Ternent would have commented, “it’s Burnley, not Barcelona”) really appealed.

Owen Coyle was certainly a gamble, and it paid off big time as he was able to motivate and get the best out of his players, getting them performing above par to gain that all-important promotion to the top flight.

Howe certainly has his work cut out as the Clarets have misfired too often this season.

Getting the best out of Andre Bikey for example, who is the best centre back at the club but out of favour or sorts at the moment, is one thing.

He also needs to sort out the options going forward, although these have been hampered by Martin Paterson’s absence.

Last Saturday he watched a creditable clean sheet as Burnley drew against league leaders QPR at Turf Moor, but must have been as frustrated as I was by the lack of attacking options on show (the Clarets paying the price of said clean sheet by keeping our overlapping full backs in the rearguard much more than usual).

In other words, aiming the ball at Chris Iwelumo’s head - fine if it is a pin-point cross he is likely to tuck away but not of much use if it is a hopeful punt from the back.

Whether Chris Eagles stays or goes will also be key.

And if all goes to plan, if not this season then next, let us hope he sticks with us a bit longer than Coyle.

Meet the new boss - same as the old boss, we hope, but with that subtle difference.