“Firstly, we would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Sean and his staff for their achievements at the Club over the last decade” – Alan Pace (15.04.2022).
The owners and board of Burnley Football Club has today sacked manager Sean Dyche. Dyche has been the Burnley manager since 31st October 2012. He was the manager for the total of 425 matches. Where he was able to get the club up twice from the Championship. The first time got them up in the 2013/14 season and the club returned back to Premier League in 2016/17.
So, until today… the Dyche kept the club up for 6 seasons in a row, even if he had gotten the club relegated this season. Which is an achievement in itself and with the financial levels of Burnley. Burnley is the underdog and has been so.
Dyche was even able to get Burnley to the 7th Position in the Premier League in the 2017/18 season. Last season the club just avoided relegation with a 17th Position in the 2020/21. With this in mind, the club haven’t invested or ensured the manager could strengthen his squad. Therefore, the sacking today with 8 matches to go is foolish.
It is only in September 2021, the club said this after signing a new 4 year contract with Dyche: “Burnley Football Club is delighted to announce manager Sean Dyche and assistant manager Ian Woan have both signed new long-term deals until the end of the 2024-25 season. The deal secures Dyche’s future at the club for another four years as the Clarets compete in a sixth-successive season in the Premier League. The longest-serving manager in the Premier League will be extending a successful nine-year spell at the helm which has seen two promotions from the Championship, two top-half Premier League finishes and qualification for Europe for the first time in 51 years” (Burnley, 16.09.2021).
Today, this is the statement by the same club: “Burnley Football Club can confirm the Club has parted company with manager Sean Dyche, assistant manager Ian Woan, first-team coach Steve Stone and goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer” (Burnley, 15.04.2022).
It is really a strange timing of sacking Dyche. As his four points behind Everton and still had time to save the club. If someone would make it possible. It would be likes of Dyche. Now, the club is searching for a replacement and they have no transfer-window to get players fitting the new manager. The club is throwing a curveball in the middle of the battle against relegation.
With that in mind. The club deserves to go down now. They are not prepared and taking away a man that has the experience and the managerial charisma to save them. He has proven them and the new owners clearly cannot see that. They want quick results and not to build with actually money. The new owners has piled up debt on the club, but not invested in it. That’s why his getting the short end of the stick.
Dyche has proven his abilities and capable of. The next club to have him as manager should feel lucky. Since, he can do so much with so little transfer kit and only with his drive behind it. Burnley still had matches, which it could achieve victories and possibly pass Everton on the table. That wasn’t over just yet.
When a club does this and takes away the foundation for why it’s in the Premier League. The owners will struggle to find someone who will be able and create what he did there. The club now deserves to fail and Burnley has shown that it will not make things better. It don’t matter now. The club has betrayed its fans and the ones that made it possible for it to be there. Burnley was lucky to have someone as wise and able to achieve what he did.
The board of directors and such should look into itself. They better get Jesus Christ to resurrect in the next match or get the best manager of the decade to come to Burnley. Because, they need a miracle now and dropping Dyche at this very moment is reckless.
8 matches to go… Burnley deserve an award for bad timing and lack of clarity. Because, this sacking doesn’t make sense. Sean Dyche was the man to save it and no one can take that away from him. The new owners did… but they will not carry the club or the legacy of Dyche.
No matter who comes in now. They will not be able takeover and make a difference within such a short time. The biggest name and most experience of them all. However, that person don’t know the players or their form. The one who knew that is already sacked and he also know perfectly well what was at stake. He has already been relegated twice. Therefore, he knew and knows what was ahead of him. Dyche had been there before and with the same club.
That’s why Burnley in April 2022 deserves the relegation now. They are by default making it possible with the tensions and uncertainty of staff. Which will cause issues with the players and bury them even further. This is why the club deserves it now.
Most of us… would have hoped that Dyche would save them yet again. In front of Everton and show that the stability and the resilience of Burnley matters. Now… we won’t mind, because the owners took away the man that built the club and made things possible there. In the lack of time and opportunities they sacked him. If it had been when the season was over. It would have made some sense and then the new manager could come in with fresh air ahead of next season.
Now… it is just throwing a curveball and hoping something would stick. That’s bad planning and even worse as a strategy. However, that is what Pace and the other directors are hoping for. Peace.