Peter Swan: Ex-Hull City boss Nick Barmby deserves a second chance at Burnley
By Hull Daily Mail columnist Peter Swan ...
NICK Barmby has been linked with a return to management this week after popping up on the shortlist for the Burnley job.
How serious Burnley are about looking at Barmby to succeed Eddie Howe we are still waiting to learn.
Given his initial reluctance over taking the Hull City job, just how much Barmby wants to get back into management will also be a key factor.
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Nick is not someone who is driven by money and certainly doesn't need to work again for financial reasons.
It all comes down to how much he enjoyed his time as the Tigers' manager and whether he wants to make a career of management.
If he does, then Burnley could be a great fit for him.
They are a traditional club, with a great passionate fan base and some genuine people working at all levels.
It would be an ideal fit for him to go to a smaller club, with ambitions but without the same sort of pressure that could come from some teams.
Given what he did at City I think Nick deserves another chance at management and I'd like to see a club give him that opportunity.
He needs to learn from some of the mistakes he made at City, though, and he needs to learn to not hold grudges for a start.
Too often Nick fell out with players and cast them aside at City and it was his relationship with the owners which ultimately cost him his job, not his results on the pitch.
As a hugely successful ex-player who has been at many clubs, Nick will know you fall out with managers, it happens.
The key is to put it behind you and move on because by pushing players to one side all you do is create disharmony and reduce your pool of players you can pick from for a match day.
He needs to alter his ways, but it is all a learning curve and after his first job as a manager I am sure he will take what he learned and be better in his next job.
For someone who has such great experience of club and international football, it would be a shame if the last we saw of Nick in football was his short spell in charge at City.
He has a lot to offer the game and we cannot afford to just lose players who have done as much as he has.
Hopefully, he will get another shot at being a manager and if that's not what he wants, then let's hope he does find a role in the game where he can pass on his knowledge and experiences.
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