Sean Dyche sacked as Burnley boss after 10 years at club | Soccer News
Sean Dyche has been sacked as Burnley manager after 10 years with the club struggling with relegation from the Premier League.
Burnley are currently 18th in the table, four points from safety. They have won just one of their last seven Premier League games, losing 2-0 to fellow relegation contenders Norwich on Sunday.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher called Burnley’s decision to sack Dyche a “joke”, adding on Twitter: “If you had given him a decent budget you would never have had to worry about being relegated .”
Sky Sports expert Gary Neville added: “Thumbs up to Sean Dyche for doing one of the great managerial jobs in PL history. He had a bantamweight budget and yet he hit hard against the heavyweights for years.”
U23 coach Mike Jackson, assisted by academy director Paul Jenkins, U23 goalkeeping coach Connor King and club captain Ben Mee have been asked to take charge of the squad for Sunday’s game against West Ham.
Sky Sports News understands from sources close to the players that Dyche hadn’t lost the dressing room, despite their difficult situation.
Dyche is no longer the Premier League’s longest-serving manager, having spent nearly a decade at Burnley. He temporarily joined the England U21 backstage team in September 2012, soon taking over at Burnley from Eddie Howe’s departure in October of that year.
The 50-year-old led Burnley to two promotions from the Championship, the last in the 2015/16 season.
After signing a new four-year contract in September 2018, he guided Burnley to a seventh place finish in the Premier League. The feat helped Burnley win Europa League football for the first time in 51 years and their best top-flight finish since sixth place in 1974.
Burnley achieved another top 10 finish in the 2019/20 season, but finished in 17th place last season. However, it was 11 points ahead of the bottom three.
President Alan Pace said in a statement: “First of all, we would like to express our sincere thanks to Sean and his team for their achievements at the Club over the past decade.
“During his time at Turf Moor, Sean has been a credit both on and off the pitch, respected by players, staff, supporters and the wider football community.
“However, the results this season have been disappointing and, although it is an incredibly difficult decision, with eight crucial games of the campaign remaining, we believe a change is needed to give the team the best possible chance of winning. retain its Premier League status.
“The process of replacing Sean has begun and further announcements will be made to supporters in due course.”
His assistant manager Ian Woan, first-team coach Steve Stone and goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer also left the club.
Former Burnley defender Michael Duff admits he is interested in the Burnley job but says he is focused on his current job as Cheltenham manager.
Asked if he would be interested in the job, Duff replied: “Yes, that would be the obvious answer because I think I’ve had two football clubs in 27 years, Cheltenham (and Burnley), they are the two clubs closest to my heart so it’s if, but and maybe I’m focused on working here at the minute.
Duff says he has not been approached or contacted by Burnley.
Middlesbrough manager Chris Wilder, who has also been linked with the job, has told Sky Sports he is not interested in replacing Dyche at Turf Moor.
Analysis: Dyche leaves as Burnley legend
Sky Sports’ Nick Wright:
When Sean Dyche was appointed to Turf Moor in October 2012, he inherited a team sitting 14th in the Championship table having conceded the most goals in the division.
Over the next decade he would oversee a total transformation of the club, earning promotion to the Premier League in 2014 and again in 2016 after a brief return to the second tier.
Dyche was Burnley’s third managerial post in two years after Brian Laws and Eddie Howe, but all that upheaval quickly became a distant memory, with the club becoming more of a picture of stability.
At the end of the 2019/20 campaign, following Burnley’s 10th place and Howe’s relegation with Bournemouth, Dyche even became the longest-serving manager in the Premier League.
The highlight of his tenure at Burnley remains their extraordinary 7th-place finish in 2017/18, but that’s what he did for the club as a whole, establishing his presence in the top flight on a budget well below that of rivals and forging a unique identity on and off the pitch that fans will cherish most.
The team’s struggles this season have prompted the club to act, but it’s a testament to Dyche’s exceptional work that even now, with the threat of relegation looming, his sacking comes as a major shock. It’s a gamble their owners might regret.
Managers praise Dyche’s work at Burnley: ‘They should build a statue of him’
Brentford coach Thomas Frank: “I’m hugely surprised. I don’t know what happened behind the scenes, but looking from the outside and as Brentford’s head coach, there’s a lot we can learn from. a club like Burnley.
“They’ve been promoted, relegated and then promoted again and they’ve been here for six or seven years in the PL. It’s remarkable what they’ve done. Sean Dyche and his coaching staff and everyone at the club have does an amazing and high level job.
“I think Sean Dyche deserves a lot of credit and they should build a statue of him outside Turf Moor because what he’s done is amazing – every season coming into the Premier League with probably the last three or four budgets and still being able to compete and not just survive but get at least two of the top ten finishes is fantastic and remarkable work.
“Looking from the outside, I think they would have had a better chance of keeping him to survive because he knows everything. But of course, I don’t know everything.
West Ham manager David Moyes: “I’m shocked and a bit surprised too. I think Sean has done such a good job and established Burnley in the Premier League for many years. Burnley have been a very tough team to come up against in recent times and most of that was made by Sean.”
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta: “I have nothing but praise because what he has done at the club over the past 10 years is phenomenal. He has given the club a very clear identity, he has managed to keep the team together, with one smaller budgets, consistently in the league. I wish him good luck and as always with his colleagues, it’s sad when you see these decisions.”
Brighton manager Graham Potter: “Surprised. I feel for a colleague, someone I have a lot of respect for. It’s never nice when someone loses their job of course, but we know these things happen in football. I don’t think he will be out of work for long because the job he did at Burnley was fantastic.
“I think that’s part of life. Sean is a great guy, he knows what it’s like. The reality is there are more people to complain about than Premier League managers but there is pressure , an expectation.
“Sometimes it’s fair, sometimes it’s unfair – it goes with the territory. We know when we go there. We know when the results don’t go well you’re under pressure, you’ve got scrutiny. But that’s part of what you sign up for and you have to deal with.”
Watford manager Roy Hodgson: “Of all the people in the league, he would have been one of the ones I would have thought most likely to survive something like this, so I have no idea what happened.
“Something must have happened because you don’t part ways with a manager like Sean Dyche after all the fantastic things he’s done for this club over the last 10 years, he’s built the club.
“So I was surprised, shocked and also disappointed because I know Sean quite well and admire him as a coach and manager. I didn’t think something like this would happen to him.”
Burnley’s remaining fixtures
April 17 – West Ham (a)
April 21th – Southampton, live on Sky Sports
April 24 – Wolves (h)
April 30 – Watford (a)
May 7 – Villa Aston (h)
May 15 – Tottenham (a)
May 19 – Aston Villa
May 22 – Newcastle (h)