Strange days as American hits town

Skipper Chris McCann celebrates scoring against Ipswich
Skipper Chris McCann celebrates scoring against Ipswich

IT’S been a strange few weeks at Burnley Football Club.

One week the Clarets were staring into the abyss of the bottom three. And this week they are casting an eye upwards, courtesy of three wins in a week.

To cap it all, the Americans have hit town, or at least one has, with the club appointing Lee Hoos, formerly with Fulham, Southampton and Leicester City, as the club’s new Chief Executive.

I’m still convinced the team’s defence isn’t strong enough, although the clean sheet against Ipswich Town was heartening. In fact the whole match against a team containing the likes of Bullard and Chopra was heartening.

But at last there has been a degree of positive consistency, and long may it continue, starting on Saturday against Portsmouth.

If this form can continue for another month, bearing in mind Burnley and Christmas do not nestle together as well as Santa and his sleigh, then Burnley fans can look forward to 2012, which is something they weren’t doing in the middle of November.

Meanwhile Lee Hoos will take over as Chief Executive from Clarets legend Paul Fletcher in the role on Tuesday next week after the annual general meeting.

Hoos is a 50-year-old from Maryland, USA, and first got into football in England after working for Mohammed Al Fayed at Harrods and then at Fulham.

He left Leicester in October of last year with Burnley Football Club today signalling his return to football with his appointment at Turf Moor.

In supporters eyes, the contrast between outgoing and incoming chief execs couldn’t be starker, as Fletcher’s links with the club go back 40 years to his days wearing the number 9 shirt.

A comfortable part of a successful past, one of Jimmy Adamson’s team of the 70s.

An American at the helm is step into the unknown for Burnley fans.

What does chairman Barry Kilby have in mind?