Burnley Caretaker manager Mike Jackson has admitted he is unsure whether he will take charge of Sunday’s Premier League game against Wolves after guiding the Clarets to a crucial 2-0 win over Southampton on Thursday night.
First-half goals from defenders Connor Roberts and Nathan Collins took Burnley within a point of 17th place Evertondespite having played one game more, and Sunday’s game gives the Clarets a chance to climb out of the bottom three, albeit only hours before the Toffees face Liverpool.
Jackson and an interim coaching staff that includes an injured captain Ben Mee have taken four points in two games since the surprise dismissal of Sean Dyche last Friday, but continue to work day to day as Chairman Alan Pace seeks a permanent successor.
“I haven’t spoken to the president, I’ve spoken to you for the last half hour and I haven’t had a chance to speak to anyone,” Jackson said.
“The other day the president asked us to prepare for today’s game and if the president asks us again to prepare for Sunday, we are there.
“No meeting is planned. We meet tomorrow for a day of recovery and a day of work for the guys who have not played. If the president asks us again for the game on Sunday, we will do it. We We’ve thought about that, we’re just happy to help the club and help the players perform.
Right-back Roberts, who netted his first Burnley goal in style by cutting to his left and curling a shot beyond Fraser Forster after 12 minutes said that after the game the players felt freer under Jackson, but the club’s Under-23 coach insisted he had not changed much.
“I hear it all the time if a manager leaves, people say you did this and did that. I don’t think that’s it,” he said.
“I think the players and the group have just remembered who they are, what they do and what they are capable of. I think it’s as simple as that.
“We are there to guide them, the staff set to work, everyone played their role. For me, I don’t buy into this magic wand story. I’m not reinventing the wheel here. We have a group of guys who have come together and are fighting.
There was nothing radically different about Burnley’s approach on Thursday, but roared by Turf Moor they looked fired up, and Roberts’ opening goal was the first of several chances, with Southampton keeper Forster keeping the score low before only Collins heading in a second before halftime. -weather.
“I think it comes from confidence,” Jackson said of Burnley’s verve. “There has been confidence since the West Ham game (1-1 draw on Sunday). Suddenly you start to feel better about yourself. There were no massive changes. They just remembered who they are.
As Burnley celebrated, Southampton missed a chance to move back into the top half of the table, with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side winning just one of their last six league games.
“Congratulations to Burnley. I think in the end it was a deserved win,” said the Austrian.
“We had the first big chance of the match, a free header to Oriol (Romeu) after a free kick but then maybe the match goes in another direction.
“When we conceded the first goal at the first opportunity and only recovered at half-time, you don’t deserve anything.
“We were lacking everything in the first 45 minutes, just not good enough.”
Mike Jackson unsure if he’ll be in charge of Burnley’s next game
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