Clarets Striker Says Officials Want Us Gone

Ashley Barnes Believes Premier League Referees Want Clarets Relegated

Burnley Football centre-forward Ashley Barnes says that referees “want us gone” from the Premier League. The Clarets who sit one place above the relegation zone will retain their Premier League status if they beat Newcastle United at Turf Moor in the final game of the season. Michael Jackson side are currently level on points with Leeds United but have a better goal difference.

Speaking about Clarets in the top flight of English football Ashley Barnes said, “In recent seasons people look at us and think we’re a hard team, being ugly. No disrespect, I think people, even referees, want us gone from the Premier League.”

Burnley have had sixty-seven yellow cards in the Premier League this season, the seventh most, plus two red cards. Ashley Barnes also claimed that referees “buy into” the Clarets reputation which has shown in the past two games against Tottenham on Sunday, where they lost 1-0 and the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Thursday. At Spurs, a penalty was given against Barnes for handball after a VAR review.

Barnes added, “The whole situation when referee Kevin Friend goes to the screen at the weekend, Tottenham played on, they missed a great opportunity and everyone goes to set up for a goal-kick, but then there’s VAR, it’s like, ‘What?’

Then he’s smiling when he comes away and no one can speak to him. Even at Villa Park we can’t speak to Paul Tierney. Go and check the screen, that’s what it’s for. We just need consistency throughout the decisions.”

When Burnley play Newcastle on Sunday, Leeds United are at Brentford and Barnes said his team “just have to stay calm, stay positive and concentrate on ourselves”. We’ve got it in our hands to win it at the weekend. We’ve got a good group, an experienced group who know how everything works in terms of game management in these situations and hopefully we can get it over the line.”

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Relegation Rivals Threaten Legal Action

Burnley & Leeds United Set For Legal Action Against League & Everton

Burnley Football Club and Leeds United are threatening to take legal action against the Premier League and Everton Football Club over the handling of the Merseyside club’s finances. Both clubs wrote to the Premier League last week regarding Everton’s most recent accounts which showed losses of £120.9m for the 2020-21 season. The Toffee’s have posted losses of £372m over the past three years, however the Premier League profitability and sustainability rules allow for losses of £105m over a three-year period.

Everton Football Club say that Covid-19 losses over the past two seasons amount to £170m which can be deducted from their total. However, that figure has caused surprise among some Premier League Clubs because it dwarfs clubs of a similar size. Earlier this week Newcastle United posted Covid-19 losses of £40m over the past two seasons, whilst Aston Villa said theirs amounted to £56m. Everton who have been involved in a relegation battle with Leeds United and Burnley, secured their Premier League status with a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace. But they are confident they are compliant with Premier League rules and have been “working formally” with the league. 

Burnley and Leeds United want an independent commission to assess Everton’s finances urgently. It is understood they are viewing the matter as one of sporting integrity given that the Toffees spent more money in the last transfer window by signing Dele Alli, Vitaliy Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson in deals worth an initial £35m, rising to as much as £70m. When releasing their accounts in March, Everton said their actual losses were about £170m over three years because Covid losses can be written off, with the figure calculated as an average over the last two seasons. They said other costs, which can also be deducted, include spending on their new Bramley Moore Dock Stadium and on the club’s academy and the women’s team, bringing their finances into line. 

Everton said in March they remain in a “secure financial position” after further support from their owner Farhad Moshiri, who has put more than £600m into the club since he first bought shares in the club in 2016.  But they have suspended sponsorship deals with companies owned or part-owned by Alisher Usmanov, after the Russian billionaire was sanctioned by the UK government and European Union following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  Usmanov is a close business associate of Moshiri and also paid Everton £30m for an option on the naming rights of their as yet unbuilt stadium, which opens in 2024.

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Clarets Sign Macclesfield Midfielder

Clarets Sign Callum West From Macclesfield Football Club

Macclesfield Football Club have this morning confirmed that sixteen year old midfielder Callum West has secured a phenomenal move to Premier League club Burnley Football Club. After progressing through the youth ranks and into the first team via our pathway system, there can be no doubting the fact that Callum has a very bright future.

The deal has also seen the Macclesfield Football Club agree a compensation package that is aligned with Callum’s future progression. Speaking about the transfer Macclesfield director of football Robbie Savage said, “Whilst I am saddened to lose Callum, I am absolutely delighted that he has secured such a prestigious move. I have seen him develop as a player who has matured well beyond his years. I will be monitoring his progresses very closely and I wish Callum every success in the future.”

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Former Clarets Midfielder New Candidate For Managers Job

Joey Barton – Bristol Rovers Boss Joins Favourite List For Burnley Post

Bristol Rovers promotion winning manager Joey Barton has emerged as the bookmaker’s favourite for the vacant manager job at Burnley Football Club. As the club looks for a new first-team manager after parting company with Sean Dyche they have persisted with the caretaker manager Michael Jackson, who has overseen five matches where he has won three, drawn one and lost one.

Any new prospective manager would be expected to join at the end of the season, given there are only three games remaining in the campaign and the board’s faith in Michael Jackson. It will also be dependent on what division the Clarets find themselves in next season Premier League or Sky Bet Championship. Should they find themselves relegated then emerging as a key candidate for the role is Sky Bet League Two promotion winning boss Joey Barton.

Barton had two spells at Burnley, playing in their 2015/16 Championship winning season, as well as coming back from a spell with Glasgow Rangers for the second part of their Premier League season in 2017. The thirty-nine year old has quickly risen as an outside candidate at 40/1 to become the new firm choice at 11/8. It comes just days after the former Queens Park Rangers midfielder led the Gas to a dramatic promotion, overturning Northampton’s five goal deficit to get back to League One on the virtue of goals scored.

Barton was asked almost a month ago of his opinion on the sacking of Dyche, who became a close friend following their time together at Burnley and he said: “From my experience there, I’m not in the dressing room, I’m not in the club so I don’t know what’s gone on, but I would think you’d have a much better chance with Sean Dyche, Ian Woan, Steve Stone, Tony Loughlan and Billy Mercer in the building than Burnley would without them. He’s been an incredible manager for Burnley as a town and a football club. So, hopefully, the next man who comes in can take it on to the next stage but it’s going to be a very tough act to follow that’s for sure.”

Also listed amongst the favourites are former Manchester City defender Vincent Kompny, as well as Wayne Rooney, Chris Wilder, Bodo/Glimt boss Kjetil Knutsen and current caretaker manager Michael Jackson, who could take the job on a permanent basis.

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Clarets Boss Wins Manager of the Month (April)

Michael Jackson Wins Premier League Manager of the Month

Clarets caretaker manager Mike Jackson has been named Barclays Manager of the Month for April in the Premier League. Jackson was nominated for the prestigious award, after picking up three wins and a draw in his first four matches, after taking temporary charge of the Clarets.

Doing so, Jackson became the first Burnley manager to remain undefeated in their first four matches in charge of the club in the top-flight. In that period, Burnley scored six goals and conceded just twice, including two clean sheets along the way. Michael Jackson beat Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola and Brentford’s Thomas Frank to the monthly award.

Speaking about the award Michael Jackson said, “It’s very humbling in terms of the managers that were in the running for it as well and what they’ve achieved in the last month. I’m very humbled by it, I know it’s my name on it, but there’s a lot of individuals around here who have done so much work as well, so it’s a massive team effort.”

The former Tranmere Rovers and Preston North End defender added: “You try and work as hard as you can, you try and do the best that you can, and I think that’s all that anyone can ever ask of you. That’s what we’ve tried to do here, we ask that of the players and the staff, and if you keep working along those lines of what we’re about the hard work to even compete at this level that’s the main thing.

The players have really worked hard over the last few weeks, not just physically, it’s the mental side of it as well. In the last few weeks, they’ve been through a lot but that brings them closer together, it brings the whole place together. We had the disappointment on Saturday, but these things happen in football. It’s about now, for us, using what’s gone well in the past.”

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Settle Cricket Club v Salesbury Cricket Club

Settle Cricket Club v Salesbury Cricket Club (Ribblesdale Cricket League)

Settle Cricket Club returned to action at a sunny Marshfield against Lancashire rivals Salesbury Cricket Club as the home side looked to make it four consecutive victories following wins against Read, Oswaldtwistle Immanuel and Whalley Cricket Clubs.

Will Davidson (Captain) and Archie Phillipson opened the batting for Settle Cricket Club after the home side won the toss and elected to bat. It proved to be a difficult innings with the bat for Settle, which was due to some excellent bowling from the visitors who stopped the home side from building partnerships.

The visitors started well and took the early wicket of Will Davidson who was caught by Jack Stones off the bowling of Elliot Simpson for six runs. Davidson was just starting to find his form in the match after hitting an excellent boundary, unfortunately as he looked for the boundary again he was caught by Stones making the score 7-1.

Archie Phillipson was then joined at the crease by Ashen Silva but before they could build any sort of partnership, Phillipson was trapped LBW by Callum Broadman for just one run from fifteen balls leaving Settle Cricket Club 8-2.

Tom Davidson, who missed the game away at Whalley Cricket Club on the Saturday after being selected to play rugby for Yorkshire against Lancashire. Davidson joined Ashen Silva in the middle as the pair looked to build a partnership, Silva protected his wicket at one end whilst Tom Davidson took the game to the visitors scoring forty-one runs off fifty balls before being caught by Callum Broadman off the bowling of Lewis Pearson.

Salesbury Cricket Club started to put the home side under pressure as Ben Hulse arrived at the crease to support Ashen Silva. After playing and missing at few deliveries, it was time for the long walk back to the dressing room for Hulse who was clean bowled by Callum Broadman for a duck after facing just eleven balls, leaving the score 71-4.

Dante Niles (Young Overseas Player) was next into bat for the home side joining Ashen Silva at the crease, but they could only add a further three runs to the total before Silva was trapped LBW off the bowling of Lewis Pearson for sixteen runs from forty-nine balls, leaving the home side 74-5.

Faster bowler Harry Snowden joined Dante Niles in the middle as the duo started to add some runs the total, with Snowden defending his wicket and Niles looking to take the lead hitting a number of scoring runs including some much needed boundaries.

Kevin Boyle (Umpire) then got a little more involved in the match than he would have liked as Dante Niles went in search of another big boundary, trying to hit Broadhurst back over his head. However, the bowler managed to get his finger tips to the ball which then struck the umpire on the head as fell to the floor whilst stumbling to get out of the way of the match ball. Thankfully Mr Boyle was not hurt and was fine to continue the game much to the amusement of visiting wicketkeeper Tom Stones.

Settle then lost two quick wickets when Callum Broadhurst took the wicket of Harry Snowden (LBW) in his next over for just two runs off nineteen balls ending yet another partnership. Paul Dockerty then went for a duck after being bowled by Oliver Wetton leaving the home side in trouble at 93-7.

Eddy Read was next into bat for the home side joining Dante Niles in the middle, after facing seventeen balls making three runs before being caught behind by Tom Stones off the bowling of Liam Parkinson leaving the score 111-8. Dante Niles was the next batsman to be dismissed by the visitors having made thirty-seven runs from eighty-nine balls before being bowled by Liam Parkinson having hit three (4’s) and two (6’s).

James Snowden and Elliot Marklew finished the innings for the home side with James Snowden making thirteen runs from eighteen balls and finishing the innings not out, whilst Marklew made one run before being caught & bowled by Parkinson leaving the home side 134 all out. Once again as the players from both sides took tea, the ground staff at settle Cricket Club tended to the pitch first with a roller before sweeping the pitch and remarking the crease.

Salesbury Cricket Club arrived at the crease knowing they required 135 runs to inflict defeat on their Yorkshire rivals for the first time this season. Liam Parkinson and Connor Dale opened the batting for the visitors and had a difficult opening over as Eddy Read sent the ball passed the edge of the bat on at least four occasions in the opening over.

The Settle bowling attack didn’t waste any time as Eddy Read claimed the wicket of Liam Parkinson when he was caught by Ashen Silva for just four runs off just two deliveries the Salesbury 4-1. Next to the crease was Ben Riley but he could only manage one boundary before being trapped LBW for four runs by Eddy Read leaving the visitors 38-2.

Jack Stones then arrived at the crease to join Connor Dale who was now starting to see the ball really well and hitting a number of boundaries. However the opener was next to lose his wicket when he was clean bowled by Ashen Silva for twenty-eight runs from thirty-seven balls leaving the visitors 44-3.

Peter Richardson (Captain) then joined Jack Stones in the middle but the duo could only managed to add a further five runs to the total before Jack Stones was caught behind by Ben Hulse off the bowling of Eddy Read for just four runs making the score 49-4.

Lewis Pearson then came into bat and made a quick thirty-seven runs from fifty-nine balls before being caught and bowled by Ashen Silva, that left the visitors in trouble as the final five batsman only added a further twenty-one runs to the total leaving the visitors 116 all out and giving Settle Cricket Club the victory by eighteen runs.

Match Details

Settle Cricket Club – W.Davidson, Phillipson, T.Davidson, Hulse, R.Davidson, Read, Silva, Niles, Fry, Snowden, Dockerty

Salesbury Cricket Club – Parkinson, Dale, Riley, Richardson, J.Stones, Pearson, T.Stones, Grantham, Wetton, Simpson, Boardman

Umpires – Nick Stratton, Kevin Boyle

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Settle Cricket Club v Read Cricket Club

Settle Cricket Club v Read Cricket Club (Ribblesdale Senior League)

Settle Cricket Club started their defence of the Ribblesdale Cricket League Championship with a home fixture at Marshfield against Read Cricket Club. Having won the last three senior league titles the club has managed to keep the same squad of players together as they look to my it four consecutive league titles.

Before the match, both clubs paid tribute to former wicketkeeper Brian Hemingway and Colin Green with a minutes silence which was lead by club Chairman Andrew Davidson as both team lined either side of the square. Colin had an outstanding knowledge of the sport and the local cricket scene including information about the clubs, matches and players and from a personal note I enjoyed our chats at Marshfield on a Saturday afternoon.

Following the minutes silence, umpires Michael Bridges and Richard Glover called both club captains to the middle for the toss, which was won by Read Cricket Clubs William Wrathall who elected to field. So for the first time in the 2022 Ribblesdale Cricket League skipper Will Davidson was joined at the crease by brother John Davidson as they opened the batting for the home side.

The home side started well and were starting to build a good opening partnership before John Davidson was bowled by Joseph Halstead for nine runs off thirteen bowls which included one boundary, making the score twenty-two for one and bringing Settle’s club professional Ashen Silva to the crease.

Will Davidson (Captain) and Ashen Silva (Club Pro) came together to create an excellent third wicket partnership of over sixty runs. Will Davidson claimed his first hall century of the season before being dismissed by Ockert Erasmus for sixty-nine runs off eighty-five balls which included nine (4″s).

Ashen Silva continued to take the game to the bowlers hitting a number of boundaries as he was joined at the crease by Archie Phillipson. The Sri Lankan all rounder went on to make a half century scoring fifty-three runs off ninety-six balls before being caught by the visiting captain Will Wrathall from the bowling of Warren Eastham.

Dante Niles was next into bat for the home side and after a few quick runs, Niles and Phillipson went for one run to many which lead the Phillipson being run out by Joseph Halstead for nine runs off thirty-three balls. Eddy Read then came into bat to start season number twenty before being dismissed by Ockert Erasmus for two runs from five balls.

Ben Hulse then joined Dante Niles at the crease and the pair saw out the rest of the innings with Niles finishing on thirty-two not out which included one (4) and two (6’s) with a strike rate of 145.5. Whilst Ben Hulse scored twenty runs from eighteen balls leaving the Settle score 206 for 5 from 45 overs.

The pick of the bowlers for Read Cricket Club was Ockert Erasmus who bowled fifteen overs taking two wickets for forty-eight runs, Joseph Halstead chipped in with one wicket for forty runs off nine overs, whilst Warren Eastham claimed one wicket for thirty-nine runs again from nine overs.

Read Cricket Club opened the batting with Joseph Halstead and Declan Bailey but the pair were together in the middle for long as Eddy Read took his first wicket of the season, when Joseph Halstead was caught behind by Ben Hulse for just six runs off nine balls leaving the visitors twelve for one.

Settle Cricket Club have strength in depth with both the bat and the bowl, but with Eddy Read and Harry Snowden the Yorkshire club have the best bowling partnership in the league and it wasn’t long before Declan Bailey chased an excellent delivery from Harry Snowden and was caught behind by Hulse for ten making the score twenty-four for two.

William Wrathall (Captain) was next to the crease and he started to build a partnership with Ockert Erasmus as both players looked to add some runs to the total. However, after adding thirty-two runs Erasmus went for one too many shots and was trapped LBW by Harry Snowden for thirty runs off thirty-six balls making the score fifty-six for three.

It got worst for the visits a few overs later when William Wrathall took a knock on the hand from one of Harry Snowden’s faster deliveries and the Read skipper had to retire hurt, meaning Duncan Bennett was joined in the middle by Joshua Lavin making it two new batsmen at the crease.

Ashen Silva was then brought into the attack and it wasn’t long before he claimed his first victim of the season, catching Duncan Bennett LBW for just four runs from eighteen balls. Ben Dinning was next into bat, but he faced just eleven balls before being caught & bowled by Ashen Silva for four runs leaving the visitors sixty-six for five.

The visitors then had a mini collapse losing their final five wickets for just twenty-three runs, Dante Niles picked up two wickets whilst Ashen Silva collected another two making it a total of four wickets as the visitors were all out for just eighty-five runs, which mean’t Settle Cricket Club won the match by one hundred and twenty-one runs giving the home side all twelve points.

Match Details

Settle Cricket Club – W.Davidson, J.Davidson, Dockerty, Hulse, Sumner, Read, Silva, Niles, Phillipson, Snowden, Handy

Read Cricket Club – Halstead, Bailey, Erasmus, Wrathall, D.Bennett, Lavin, Dinning, Wood, Eastham, A.Bennett, Allan

Umpires – Michael Bridges, Richard Glover

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Vincent Could Be In Good Kompany At Turf Moor

Vincent Kompany Emerges As New Target For Burnley Managers Post

Burnley Football Club could appoint Anderlecht boss Vincent Kompany as their next manager, according to reports in two national newspapers. Clarets U23’s coach Mike Jackson is currently interim boss and has been assisted by centre-back Ben Mee. But the former Manchester City legend has emerged as shock contender and could battle Wayne Rooney for the clubs management post.

However, the Burnley chairman Alan Pace is assessing candidates to take over from Sean Dyche on a full time basis. Since the sacking of Sean Dyche two weeks ago the club have picked up seven points from three games so they are in no immediate rush to appoint a successor, though Kompany is believed to be on the shortlist. Bu Wayne Rooney is the Clarets first choice with Pace impressed by his work at Derby County.

The former Manchester United striker has ambitions to work in the Premier League but also wants to complete the project he has started at Pride Park. That means Burnley may have to turn to other candidates, such as Sunderland boss Alex Neil. The Clarets chairman also likes Chris Wilder and is familiar with the Middlesbrough boss from his time looking at Sheffield United a club that Pace considered buying before taking over at Turf Moor.

Vincent Kompany is still inexperienced in management closing in on two years in charge of Anderlecht. However the former Manchester City captain guided the Belgian club to successive third place finishes and is currently competing in the league play-offs to decide the title winner. He does know the Premier League however, having won the competition four times as well as making 265 league appearances in twelve years at City. But Burnley are not guaranteed Premier League football next season and Kompany may not be so keen to join a Sky Bet Championship side.

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Ex-Croatian International Boss Interested In Burnley Job

Slaven Bilic Interested In Turf Moor Managers Post

According to reports at Talksport its understood that former West Ham and West Bromwich Albion manager Slaven Bilic is keen on replacing Sean Dyche in the Burnley dugout. Sean Dyche was sacked by the Clarets ahead of their final eight games of the season with the club in eighteenth place in the Premier League four points from safety.

Next up for Burnley is a trip to West Ham United, who were recently managed by former player Slaven Bilic, who is eyeing a return to the dugout, which could be with the Turf Moor club who have a managerial vacancy for the first time in more than nine years. The fifty three year old saw his stock rise massively during a six-year stint with the Croatian national team between 2006 and 2012, later joining West Ham United in 2015.

A star defender with the club in the 1990’s, Bilic guided the club to a seventh placed league finish setting a number of Premier League records for West Ham United before his 2017 departure. Bilic later took up the reins at West Bromwich Albion guiding the club to top flight promotion in 2020 and he last managed Beijing Guoan as recently as this January.

Bilic is among those linked with the Burnley job, along with the likes of Sam Allardyce, Wayne Rooney, Chris Wilder and Clarets favourite Michael Duff. Allardyce even replaced Bilic at West Bromwich Albion at the tail end of 2020, but left the club at the end of the 2020/21 campaign as they were relegated to the Championship. Burnley wouldn’t be a shock move for the ex-England manager given spells with Preston North End and Bolton Wanderers as a player and the latter as a coach, along with Blackburn Rovers, with all those sides residing in Lancashire.

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Sean Dyche – Burnley Sack Manager After Ten Years

Clarets Dismiss Management Team

Burnley Football Clubs decision to sack manager Sean Dyche after almost a decade at Turf Moor is a huge gamble that smacks of blind panic by the club’s owners. If the Clarets stay in the Premier League and they are currently four points from safety behind Everton with eight games left, then Burnley’s Chairman Alan Pace and his cohorts can congratulate themselves on a roll of the dice that paid off spectacularly.

If Burnley go down, they will be accused by many supporters of being guilty of a desperate misguided move that removed the man who is still arguably their best chance of survival, after a season where they have won only four league games, losing five of last six. This is a punt Alan Pace and his boardroom colleagues have taken when making a decision which raised eyebrows even in the usually shockproof world of Premier League management. 

Dyche, 50, is hugely respected and loved in Burnley, not just at the football club but in a town where he has defied the odds and financial limitations. They are currently in their sixth successive season in the Premier League, their best run since the 60s. Sean Dyche even took them back into Europe for the first time in 51 years when they finished seventh in the 2017-18 Premier League season. 

Burnley Football Club did go down in 2015, but Sean Dyche was able to bring the club straight back up. as Sky Bet Championship Champions. It seems the new owners feel their future financial and footballing fortunes are so heavily locked in with retaining Premier League status that they had to act, the 2-0 loss at bottom club Norwich City last Sunday seemingly the last straw. 

A loss to the Canaries this season appears to act as Kryptonite to struggling clubs, as both Rafael Benitez at Everton and Claudio Ranieri at Watford were sacked after defeat against Norwich City.  Only days earlier, however, Dyche demonstrated that he could still drag a crucial result out of a squad assembled on a shoestring at least compared with his Premier League rivals when they came from behind to beat their closest relegation rivals Everton Football Club 3-2 at Turf Moor. 

There was growing noise that this may well have been Dyche’s last season at Burnley anyway, that the time had come to move on after nearly a decade of getting the club to punch above its weight, but surely he deserved the right to take that decision himself. However, sacking Dyche now so close to season’s end, hints at fear behind the scenes at Burnley. Only survival will now make this look anything like a wise move, once again showing the high stakes that brought the club’s owners to a huge decision. 

Sean Dyche has never been backed by a big budget, that is not particularly a criticism of previous Burnley owners merely an acknowledgement that the club had to live within its means. But this only adds to the scale of the job he has done. The manager, backed by his tight-knit staff, had built a Burnley side that played with limitations but knew how to survive. They were facing a desperate struggle but it is a very risky judgement call for the Turf Moor hierarchy to believe they can improve on a manager who has been over this course before. 

With so few games left, the assumption must be that Burnley have a replacement lined up and ready to move into the hot seat at Turf Moor. The usual suspects are being linked to the job and heavily touted is Sam Allardyce. So much rests on the outcome of this move, which is likely to prove unpopular with many Burnley supporters. They will regard the club’s decision-makers with highly critical eyes if it goes wrong.

Sean Dyche’s record at Burnley
GamesWonDrawnLostWin %
Premier League258726811828%
FA Cup19631032%
League Cup1763835%
Uefa Europa League qualifying623133%

Dyche can leave with his head held high and a reputation that is sure to guarantee plenty of offers before the start of next season. He was linked with many Premier League vacancies during his time at Turf Moor including Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester City and West Ham United among them but none ever materialised. Now he is openly available, his body of work at Burnley will demand attention. It may even be, once the pain of the sack has subsided, the perfect chance for Dyche to reboot, make a fresh start and enjoy life away from the club where he has been the focal point for so long.

For Burnley, the immediate priority is Premier League survival. Much depends on it for Burnley’s owners, both financially and for their reputation with the club’s supporters. It is a hugely high-risk strategy to sack such a proven manager, even if no-one can deny this season has been largely one of struggle. The consequences of that decision will soon be known.Burnley’s owners have dismissed Dyche so they can stay in the Premier League. The equation is that stark.

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