Stan Ternent

Stan Ternent was most recently a scout for Hull City.

Gateshead born Ternent spent six years as a player at Turf Moor during the 1960's, before returning to the club as manager in the summer of 1998 after a hugely successful spell with Bury. A fully qualified UEFA advanced A-licensed coach, Ternent's coaching skills were first spotted whilst still a player by Jack Hixon, the famed North East scout.

His playing career started at Burnley in 1962, signing as a professional a year later. He joined Carlisle United in May 1968, winning promotion to the top flight in 1974 before a knee injury ended his career. He joined Sunderland as youth coach under Bob Stokoe – one of his biggest influences – and was at Roker Park when they reached the old First Division in 1976.

He left for Blackpool in 1978 as manager, before joining the coaching staff at Leeds then moved across the Pennines to Bradford as coach under Terry Dolan, spending four years at Valley Parade. He became assistant manager to Steve Coppell at Crystal Palace in 1989, with the Eagles winning promotion to the Premiership later that season before Stan joined Hull as manager, guiding them from the bottom of the Third Division to mid-table security.

He gleaned further experience in the Premiership as assistant manager to Ian Porterfield at Chelsea before joining Bury as assistant to Mike Walsh in 1994, taking over in his own right at Gigg Lane the following year and leading them to promotion from the Third Division. The following year brought another immediate promotion as The Shakers won the Second Division title before consolidating their position in the First Division against the odds.

Continuing in a similar vein at Turf Moor, Stan has lifted the Clarets from mid-table in Division Two to a strong position in the First Division. He has developed a reputation as one of the most successful league managers in recent years and looked well set to help Burnley challenge for a return to the top flight for the first time since 1976. In both 2001 and 2002, he took the club to the brink of the play-offs, and was edged out - by goal difference in the latter case.

In May 2004 it was announced that Ternent would not be offered a new contract at Turf Moor, meaning that he would move on at the end of the season. Burnley had only just escaped relegation and Chairman Barry Kilby said:

"Stan has done a fantastic job for this club, including a promotion and keeping us in the First Division for five seasons. I'm looking to the long-term future of Burnley. With this in mind, managerial changes are inevitable. There can never be a good time and difficult decisions have to be made. Stan and I have enjoyed a close working relationship; he has always been passionate about Burnley and has been one of the best Burnley managers of all time. I would like to thank him for his devotion and dedication to Burnley and he will always be revered at Turf Moor. I sincerely wish him well in his future plans."

He left the club on 3rd June 2004, exactly six years after he first joined. He did not have to wait long before he was appointed into his next job, when on the 7th December he took over from Andy Hessenthaler at then Coca Cola Championship side Gillingham.

After leaving Gillingham in May 2005, Ternant has had spells with Derby County as Paul Jewell's assistant and his most recent managerial position was at Huddersfield Town. He left the Galpharm stadium in April 2008.

Honours (4)
  • personal-awards
    • Burnley:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2001-11-01)
  • promotions
    • Burnley:
      • Promotion to Nationwide Division One, (2000-05-07)
    • Bury:
      • Promotion to Nationwide Division One, (1997-05-11)
      • Promotion to Nationwide Division Two, (1996-05-05)
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