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Date: 05-11-13 gif Is the Steve Burr saga dead and buried?
On Friday last, November 1st, came the shock announcement from the club that the manager, Steve Burr, had been given permission to talk to Forest Green Rovers about their vacant managerial position.  Straight away the message boards, Twitter, Facebook and the press went into overdrive wondering what the hell was going on!

Steve Burr We all knew that Mr Burr is always at the top, or near, of any club in the lower levels that have just jettisoned their manager and naturally want the best manager in non league football all for themselves.  In the past Macclesfield and Grimsby have all come publicly calling and been given short shrift by the man and club alike and that's not counting those club directors that have 'inquired' in the bar after the game.

This time was different though and the difference was money.  Other clubs would have offered a small rise in Steve Burrs current salary but by all accounts Dale Vince, the FGR chairman, was prepared to offer him a small kings ransom in an effort to get him to Nailsworth.

What could the lure be that Vince was offering apart from money?

It wasn't to be the manager at a club currently riding high in the league: FGR are in fifteenth place at the moment, Harriers are second, and dropping fast from the play-off positions that many had forecast them to be in by now.

It wasn't to be the manager at a club within a great catchment area and thousands of fans climbing Spring Hill to watch their heroes play.  FGR rarely get more than a thousand punters through the door whereas the Harriers get double that every week.

It wasn't to be the manager at a club that uses electric vehicles to commute in and out of the area and abide by a vegetarian regime draconionally implemented by their own Dave Angel.

It wasn't to be the manager at a club that could well see the financial plug pulled by the chairman one day when it all got too much for him and his interest was waning.  That's not to say it would happen and that it couldn't happen here at Aggborough one day too.

No, the only reason Steve Burr would want to be the manager at FGR was the money and at the end of the day he's realised money isn't the be all and end all because he's staying with us.

Steve Burr On Saturday following the original announcement the Harriers chairman Mark Serrell went public from Barnet in front of the windswept radio mikes and stumbled through all that happened and what could happen if the manager changed his mind.  Serrells monologue was of a chairman bewildered by it all and trying to desperately fend off any possible flack coming his way.

That flack has been there for all to see with talk of money problems behind Aggboroughs boardroom doors and that we may not reach the New Year without players being sold for chicken pen scraps.  That the chairman was looking for a way out but with his pockets refilled with the cash he originally put into the club when he took over from Barry the Builder a few years ago.  That money would have come from the ample recompense that FGR stroke DV was going to stump up.  That others within the club were pulling the strings and had decided to pull the strings no longer.

Was Steve Burr going purely for the filthy lucre knowing that he had very little chance of turning an under performing clubs fortunes round and winning the expensive dressing room that comes with the job.

We may never know but we now know that Steve Burr has seen the red and white light and all is well with the world once more.  He has turned down FGR after having had 'positive discussions' ? with them and will now lead us hopefully into the promised land just as he has said he would do all along.

That vision of a promised land begins once more at home to Sutton Utd in the FA Cup this coming Saturday and every Saturday from here on in.  He'll now have the fans 95% behind him once more and his players 100% having possibly never having lost them anyway but one day we must resign ourselves to losing the gaffer.  One day he'll be offered a real job at a club that matches his own personal ambition and one that he would be stupid to turn down.

Or one day he'll become yesterdays man and the boardroom incumbents in the year 2019 might say enough is enough and jettison Steve Burr in favour of that up and coming Forest Green Rovers manager that has just seen them promoted back into the Conference after three years in the wilderness of the Conference South.

Good luck against Sutton on Saturday Steve.  We're behind you.


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