by Steve Bott
STAN “The Man” Ternent is slipping back into the hot seat as guest manager of the Vintage Clarets for their next game against Kenanks United at Burnley Belvedere’s ground on Sunday August 23 (kick-off 2pm).
The former Burnley, Bury, Hull City, Gillingham and Huddersfield manager will be calling the shots as the VCs aim to extend their current impressive unbeaten run.
Stan will no doubt weigh in with some choice comments from the touchline if his verbal volleys aimed at the VCs as a mere spectator in their last game at Nelson were anything to go by – and they won that one 11-2.
Not one to mince his words – or actions – Stan has a unique way of dealing with his players. Brad Maylett was one of the players who admired and respected him greatly during their time together at Turf Moor – Brad as a player and Stan as manager – but his farewll gesture to Bradley in the car park at Nelson Cricket Club was not the customary handshake. No Stan left a lasting impression with a swift kick to Bradley’s right shin – and neither of them were ever in a clog dancing team, trust me!
Stan had two years as a player at Burnley followed by another six at Carlisle just a short hop across country from his birthplace in Gateshead.
He won promotion for Burnley from Division Two in season 1999-2000 but his most successful spell as a manager was at Bury where he took the Shakers from the depths of Division Three and up into Division One in a very shorty space of time.
It was heady stuff for the Shakers in those days, something they are seeking to emulate now, but it gained Ternent massive respect in the game and he still keeps involved now.
The VCs will no doubt be looking forward to having such a character and achiever in charge – if only for a day. But most will know exactly what to expect as many played under him during their professional careers. Stan-d by for the fireworks!