Eagles - Give Gray the job
Chris Eagles has backed Burnley caretaker boss Stuart Gray to be handed the job on a permanent basis
By Soriebah Kajue
Last Updated: 08/01/11 1:47pm
Chris Eagles has backed caretaker boss Stuart Gray to be handed the job on a permanent basis and insists he can lead them to the Premier League.
Gray was handed the reins on a caretaker basis in the aftermath of Brian Laws' dismissal from the post three weeks ago.
He has since been given three games to stake a claim for the role on a permanent basis.
His reign started with a 4-2 over Sheffield United, which was followed by a defeat against Reading.
Saturday's home game in the FA Cup against Port Vale represents his last chance to impress his judges as he auditions for the role.
Eagles, though, feels he is the best man to amalgamate the attacking talents of himself, Chris Iwelumo, Jay Rodriguez and Wade Elliot.
"I hope that he gets the job because I have a lot of time for Stuart," Eagles told skysports.com.
"He's one of those managers that like to attack, and for me as an attacker, he's the perfect manager for me.
"It's his last game on Saturday and I hope that Brendan (Brendan Flood club owner) looks at it and gives him the job.
"All the lads like him and have bought into him and responded to his ideas. He knows everyone at the club already, which a new manager will have to come in and do.
"Even though we lost at Reading, I still feel that he should be given the chance to take us forward. We can still easily get in the play-offs at least this season."
The January transfer window is sure to generate headlines about the former Manchester United trainee who is enjoying a stellar campaign with seven goals.
He added: "For the last few windows I seemed to have been getting linked with everyone but nothing has happened.
"I signed a new deal last year and feel really happy here now and I'm playing some of my best football of my career because that speculation has gone now and I can concentrate on my game.
"I will be here at this club until I'm told otherwise."