Sean Dyche: Is this the end of the road for Burnley and their boss?


Sean Dyche took over management of Burnley in 2012

Just when defeat seemed inevitable, Burnley saved a point on Wednesday with a penalty from Chris Wood in the last minute of injury time against the Wolves at Turf Moor.

The result means they have been unbeaten at home since New Years and consolidate their position in the top half of the table – a successful season considering the size of the clubs they face.

But with two campaign games remaining, the big question around Burnley is whether they will be the last two games that Sean Dyche spends in the manager’s canoe.

He is the third-longest-running manager in England’s four main divisions, behind Wycombe’s Gareth Ainsworth and Eddie Howe, the man the 49-year-old replaced in Burnley in 2012. He has a contract until in 2022 and does not have the kind of authority that is not given to every Premier League manager.

However, the feeling persists that he could reach the end of the line at Turf Moor.

Highlights: Burnley 1-1 Wolves

“Dyche is a totalitarian manager”

When football resumed a month ago, Dyche spoke of intense speculation about his future, but at no point did he say he would stay.

Dyche noted that there had been many rumors about him before and that he stayed put.

But uncertainty persists as he nears the end of another positive season that has been made all the more impressive by a string of results this month – 12 points in seven games including a 1-1 draw at Liverpool. – who were hit after Burnley released a number of experienced players, including Jeff Hendrick and Joe Hart, against Dyche’s will.

Rumor has it that West Ham and Aston Villa are potential destinations, but if these clubs stay in the elite, David Moyes and Dean Smith would expect to stay where they are. And if either club goes down, would Dyche be happy to drop a league?

If other options became known, would they offer as much freedom as Burnley?

“Dyche is a totalitarian manager,” said Jonathan Walters, who has spent the past two years experiencing injuries under Dyche in Burnley before retiring in March 2019.

“He has it in Burnley and it works.” It’s a small, tight-knit team. In Burnley, he has complete control and if he wants to go to a bigger club, would he get that control? “

Serious decisions to be made for clarets

There is also a major risk for Burnley.

Five of Dyche’s full seven seasons in charge have been in the Premier League. In the other two, Burnley was promoted. The club has not had such a long period since its heyday in the 1960s.

Burnley could still overshadow its 54-point Premier League total compared to two seasons ago. Indeed, victories against Norwich City and Brighton would lead to the second highest total in their history – although many of their best seasons have been submitted to the two-point system for a win.

At a time when the big city clubs dominated the Premier League, Burnley was one of the modern successes of English football.

With the sight of another smaller club, Bournemouth, on the brink of relegation, and one of the giants, Leeds United, preparing to return to the top flight, the battle of Burnley against all odds is clear.

With Dyche at the helm, they seem to have a chance to beat them. Could someone new lead the fight so successfully?

The answer seems to revolve around money. President Mike Garlick has never spent too much and is rumored to be looking for a buyer for the club, but Dyche continues to push for more.

“Apart from the market where the biggest clubs go, will the market soften this summer? I don’t know, but it is unlikely to soften to the point of getting Nick Pope for £ 1 million, “he said.

“But we have made enough progress to not only search this market. We should look beyond these markets and consider a more complete player style rather than always looking at those who just have a chance to turn into jobs. But it takes funding and it’s not an exact science. We did well to take a risk on players whose others were not sure. Money or no money is very difficult. ”

On a dark July evening, Dyche made an impressive figure in the technical field of Burnley, watching the proceedings alone in his bright white shirt, arms folded. The longer the match, the more he got involved, to the point where he turned around and yelled at his coaches in exasperation as Wood couldn’t get home at the head of injury time that seemed to have cost his team a point .

A few minutes later, he celebrated an equalizer before facing the media to reflect on the damage that Charlie Taylor and Jay Rodriguez would have caused to his eliminated team and to joke that assistant Ian Woan may need to take off his boots for the weekend .

It was a knockout and typical of Dyche. But soon, serious decisions will have to be made and no one can be completely sure of the future.


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