When Burnley arrived back in the Premier League only a season after being relegated, many believed that they would once again be making a quick return back to the Championship. But after picking up a respectable 7 points from their opening 6 games, looking particularly impressive during their win over Watford on Monday, there is speculation that perhaps Dyche and his team could pull off the impossible. One thing is for sure, whatever the fate of Burnley this season, we will be seeing plenty more of their current manager in the premier league for years to come.
The job that Sean Dyche has done at Burnley at times has gone under the radar. He led them to the premier league back in 2014 but perhaps even more impressively lead them back only a year later following relegation with relatively the same squad. People talk about the ability of managers such as David Moyes and Tony Pulis when it comes to getting the best out of what you have, I think Dyche might just beat them all. The entire Burnley first team, bar recent signing Steven Defour, are all British and nearly all of them have been part of the side since Sean Dyche took over. You look at the side that went down at the end of the 2014/15 season and if you compare it to the one that beat Watford on Monday, you will see not a lot has changed. That is mainly due to limited funding but it also highlights Dyche’s ability to galvanise his players and get them going again even after the low of getting relegated after only one season back in the premier league.
You also have to praise Dyche’s recruitment at the club. Andre Gray up front has arguably done a brilliant job in filling the void left by star man Danny Ings and despite his troubled past, looks like he could score the goals needed in the premier league. The acquisitions of Jeff Hendrick and Steven Defour in midfield have added that creativity to the midfield that was truly missing the last time they were in the top flight and both have already hit the ground running at their new club.
Jeff Hendrick (right) celebrates his first goal for Burnley against Watford on Monday night
With so many managers under pressure in the league at the moment such as Hughes and Moyes, it’s safe to say Dyche does not have that problem. He is adored by everyone associated with the club and if anything they should be the ones fearing his departure from the club. Dyche has the potential to be a great manager, if you think he isn’t one already, and he is surely going to go on and do big things in the game. What has surprised me is that no one has linked him with the vacancy at England. I would have no objections against the FA appointing him. Perhaps his CV doesn’t look as appealing but he has one thing that many other managers don’t, the backing of the dressing room.