He said, “The LMA shares Brian’s disappointment at his leaving the football club and we find the timing of his dismissal very strange in all the circumstances.
“The club is only two points off a play off place with a game in hand. Burnley have the third best home record in what is a really competitive Championship, they have only lost six games this season and have not suffered back to back losses. In the Carling Cup, the club enjoyed a memorable win over Barclays Premier League outfit Bolton Wanderers and were only just edged out in extra time at Villa Park in the next round. Boxing Day’s win at Oakwell was the first time Burnley had beaten Barnsley away for 79 years. Further, Burnley are currently highest placed in the Championship of the three clubs relegated last season.
“Brian is an experienced and successful manager, with over 800 games at every level of the professional game, and I would expect him to be back managing in the game at a high level very soon.”