On October 30th 2012 managerless Burnley lie 14th in the Championship having just been defeated 4 – 0 by Cardiff City. Fast forward just over five years, Burnley have the 7th longest-serving manager in England in Sean Dyche and sit in a Champions League place above the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal without any sort of financial takeover or large injection of money into the club whatsoever. So how exactly has this happened and how can other clubs follow in Burnley’s footsteps?
What makes the Clarets being in this position even more remarkable is that they have allowed Sean Dyche to take the club up to the Premier League and back down. Up to the Premier League, back down and then back up again. By Burnley’s board allowing Sean Dyche to build the sort of team he feels works best and create a philosophy that suits him and the club, everybody involved is now reaping the rewards.
Dyche has created a clear identity for Burnley. He came into to a club in a working-class town and has made sure that all of his players wear the shirt with pride and play for the badge. Over the years Dyche has lost some big players such as Jay Rodriguez, Michael Keane and Danny Ings and have been replaced by astute signings from André Gray to James Tarkowski. He has made sure he gets 100% out of every player he works with, case in point Jack Cork. Underutilised at Swansea, this summer he returned to the club he had a successful loan spell at a few years ago and within months found himself playing for England. Dyche making his players graft hard each day on the training ground as brought about some amazing individual achievements, as well as ones for the club. They don’t call him Ginger Mourinho for nothing.
In an era when the Premier League seems dominated by either managers that are being constantly recycled such as Pardew and Hodgson or ones brought in from abroad such as Pellegrino and Guardiola, Sean Dyche offers a shining light that there is a place in England’s top division for British managers to thrive and succeed if given long enough by their clubs. This Premier League season saw Frank de Boer sacked after four games and it was individual mistakes by players, completely out of his control, cost him his job. Should Steve Parish have had more patience with the Dutch manager? Burnley would more than likely have given him more time.
Overall, not many boards would have stuck with Dyche but the East Lancashire club have and because of this, although it is only December, the chant of “we’re all going on a European tour” seems more and more likely by the week.
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