The former Ipswich Town boss resigned as manager of Championship rivals Derby County yesterday afternoon following a string of disputes with the County board and a long-running fued with their director of football Murdo Mackay. He has now been installed as the new favourite to take over at The Den following Dennis Wise's resignation.
The news of Burley's departure has upset many Derby fans, who feel the board has once again let them down. But conversely, the sudden availability has delighted many Millwall fans, who see the possible appointment of the man who led Ipswich to the Premiership as a real step forward.
However, the news that Burley may be appointed by Jeff Burnige has upset Derby chairman John Sleightholme, who has accused his former manager of not being honest about the reasons why he resigned.
"George now feels he cannot continue as manager," said Sleightholme. "We asked if there was anything we could do to change his mind.
"He said there was no solution possible. George has made it clear his decision is final.
"The board are disappointed that he has not made clear his real reasons for leaving."