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Burley to go
George Burley's two-year reign as Derby County manager looks set to end today after speculation mounted last night regarding his future at the club.
The shock news comes less than a month after he guided the Rams to within touching distance of the Premiership.
Dreams of promotion were shattered when Derby were beaten by Preston in the semi-finals of the Championship play-offs, leaving Burley to plan for the new season.
But last night those plans appeared to be in tatters with Burley seemingly heading for the exit.
Nobody at the club or Burley himself were available for comment late last night.
Burley is believed to have become unhappy with certain aspects of the way the club is being run and has not appeared comfortable with the role of director of football, Murdo Mackay.
A club insider said last night that Mackay may have submitted his resignation on the basis that if he was the problem for Burley he was prepared to do the honourable thing and leave.
Burley was also "deeply hurt" following allegations questioning his conduct in a national newspaper article two weeks ago. The club responded to the article by backing Burley and said they looked forward to him being "at the helm" next season.
Chairman John Sleightholme said at the time: "The entire board are pleased with the progress that has been made under his (Burley's) leadership and look forward to making further progress next season."
Burley arrived at Derby in late March 2003 as interim manager, after John Gregory was suspended by the club following "serious allegations" made against him.
Three victories in his seven games in charge helped the Rams avoid relegation to the third tier of English football.
Gregory was subsequently sacked in May of that year and the club turned to former Ipswich Town boss Burley on a full-time basis. He signed a two-year contract in early June - and he's now set to leave almost two years to the day.
Burley signed a new deal earlier this year which gave him a 12-month rolling contract.
The manager had a "clear-the-air" meeting with Sleightholme and chief executive Jeremy Keith 10 days ago after which Keith insisted it was "business as usual."
Burley was in France over the weekend for the early stages of the Toulon Tournament and is believed to have had a further meeting with board members yesterday.
Within the past fortnight Burley has been linked with the vacant manager's position at Hearts but he has denied being approached by the Scottish Premier Division club.
There is also a vacancy at Millwall, one of Derby's Championship rivals, and the 49-year-old Scot may be interested.
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Here's a selection of your comments so far...
GB has gone, what a footballing disaster Derby have let one of the best managers in England slip threw their finger. Derby have taken three steps back and will battling to stay in the division again next season. We finally do something constructive and the board go and mess it up. With no money and Rasiak on his way out we have no prospect or future.
Nothing ceases to amaze me regarding The Rams. It has the hallmarks of Brian Clough and Sam Longson all those years ago - just when we are about to turn the corner and what happens, I cannot see who would replace him, it's not as if there are loads of talented individuals out there, there are plenty of chancers and bluffers, but nobody with George's attributes. Come on Derby, get a grip, we need the likes of George Burley to get us back where we belong!
Simon Willets, West Hallam
Once more Derby County looks to self implode just at the point when "the sharp corner" had been turned. The club has a history of shooting itself in the foot, it is now time for the chairman to step up to the mark and manage the situation with a swift and firm decision that is right for the club which means that Burley has to stay. I've have just spent Ł400 on a season ticket, I am owed at least an explanation from the very people who have put Ł397 less into the club.
Lee Martin, Mansfield
How can Derby even think of letting the best manager we have had since Jim Smith's early days! His coaching ability has turned this club around. And without spending a penny. If it's problems with menbers of the board, then BYE BYE board not Burley !!! or we could be playing Forest quicker than any Derby fan would want !!
Steve Caddy, Cornwall
Once more this club manages to engineer disaster from opportunity! We have the best manager we have had in many years, he performs minor miracles and then he is forced out because of rampant egos and murky politics! Administration in the next week or so anyone?
Burley should stay as he's the best we could attract - but the rest of the people running the club, especially the Director of Football, can go. Perhaps one of the consortiums previously interested in the club could come in and give them their Ł3 back. I think they any of them can do better than investing no money and raising the debt by Ł10m - but that's just my opinion.
What is going on!!! just as the long suffering Rams fans have something to cheer about, the board have lost the man who is turning this club around!! this ia a disgrace, they should all resign and leave Burley to do what he does best.
Alex Graham, Netherlands
Burley done to much for the club to just walk away now. The fans love him to much and believe in him and we all share the same dream as him and the players, which is to get Derby back to the premiership. George has brought pride back to Derby and the city is full of happy faces and belief, we've been able to walk away from games with smile and pride since he's been manager. Derby are letting go of the best manager they've had since Sir Brian Clough.
It's a sad day for the fans. He's been fantastic and it would be a massive shame to see him go. We've taken a step forward under GB and now could be taking two steps back.
Tim Parker, Derby
This is a scandal. Burely is the best thing that has happened to derby in recent years. Watch us sink like a stone now he's gone. Murdo must go instead. What is the point of Murdo anyway other than another wage we cannot afford?
Michael Harrold, London