Burnley caretaker manager Terry Pashley insists the thought of taking the Turf Moor reins on a permanent basis has not crossed his mind.

Long-serving youth coach Pashley has taken stewardship of the Clarets squad in the wake of Owen Coyle's and Brian Laws' departures in recent seasons, but Eddie Howe's decision to return to Bournemouth due to family issues last Friday means the 55-year-old will lead a first-team game for the first time when the Clarets entertain Blackpool.

Asked whether a weekend victory could see fans calling for his permanent appointment, Pashley said: "It may well do. That's out of my control. What will be, will be. I'm sure the board of directors will do the correct thing and get the right person for Burnley Football Club because, ultimately, that's the most important thing."

Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton and former Wolves chief Mick McCarthy head a host of names linked with the post.

However, on the prospect of himself succeeding Howe, Pashley added: "I have never really considered it. I've been asked to do this for the foreseeable future, probably up to Saturday. After that? We'll have to wait and see."