Summer Exit – Sean Dyche Done With Clarets
Sean Dyche is considering leaving Burnley at the end of the season due to the deterioration in his relationship with chairman Mike Garlick, which other senior figures at the club fear is fractured beyond repair.
The Burnley manager has been frustrated by the club’s failure to agree contract extensions for several senior players this summer, as revealed by Sportsmail last month, and become further disillusioned in recent days after being told there will be little money for new signings when the transfer window opens next month.
Dyche has two years left on his contract which if completed would see him spend almost 10 years at the club, but he could walk away prematurely, which given his outstanding record at Turf Moor would alert a host ofother Premier League clubs. Crystal Palace and West Ham have both sounded the Clarets boss out in the past, while Bournemouth and Aston Villa would want to speak to him if they are in the market for a new manager this summer in the event of relegation.
Burnley’s players are aware of Dyche’s feelings, with his possible departure understood to be the talk of the dressing room, which would leave many of them devastated. The club are also beginning to make contingency plans in case Sean Dyche does leave, with Bristol City manager Lee Johnson and well-travelled boss Mark Hughes seen as possible candidates to replace him as both would be comfortable working with Burnley’s largely British squad.
Dyche took the unusual step of going public with his misgivings this week after he was unable to name the full complement of substitutes for Burnley’s 5-0 defeat to Manchester City, saying the club’s contract situation was an unnecessary error which the board needed to learn from.