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Burley quits Derby

PUBLISHED: 20:00 07 June 2005 | UPDATED: 05:54 02 March 2010

FORMER Ipswich Town manager George Burley today quit Championship side Derby County after two years at the club.

The shock news comes less than a month after he guided the Rams to within touching distance of the Premiership.

FORMER Ipswich Town manager George Burley today quit Championship side Derby County after two years at the club.

The shock news comes less than a month after he guided the Rams to within touching distance of the Premiership.

Like Ipswich, Derby's dreams of promotion were shattered with a defeat in the two-legged Championship play-offs.

The Rams, who had been tipped to struggle last season, lost 2-0 on aggregate against Preston after finishing fourth in the table.

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 came up through the ranks at Portman Road and became an Ipswich Town legend. He made his debut for the Blues in 1973 and played 500 times for Town in a 14-year spell.

He returned as the club's manager in December 1994 and helped them into the Premiership in 2000.

He guided Ipswich to fifth place in 2001 and was awarded the manager of the year prize.

However, he could not stop Town from being relegated the following year and was sacked in October, 2002 after a poor start to the 2002/03 season.

Burley had a spell out of football before he joined Derby in late March 2003 as interim manager after John Gregory was suspended by the club following “serious allegations” made against him.

Burley had impressed at Pride Park and signed a new deal earlier this year which gave him a 12-month rolling contract.

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 Ipswich's Championship rivals and the 49-year-old Scot may be interested.


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