Bad Burnley Ditch Dyche
The sacking comes after almost 10 years in charge.
Burnley have sacked manager Sean Dyche, leaving many fans and pundits surprised.
The club are 18th in the Premier League and four points away from safety with eight matches left. That poor record was mentioned in a statement from Club chairman Alan Pace:
"During his time at Turf Moor, Sean has been a credit both on and off the pitch, respected by players, staff, supporters, and the wider football community. However, results this season have been disappointing and, while this was an incredibly difficult decision, with eight crucial games of the campaign remaining, we feel a change is needed to give the squad the best possible chance of retaining its Premier League status."
The decision is still unexpected, given the fact Dyche has been with the club for nearly 10 years, and has a track record of keeping Burnley in the Premier League with usually very little to spend on transfers.
During Dyche's tenure at the club, Burnley were promoted twice from the Championship, achieved two top-half Premier League finishes and qualified for Europe for the first time in 51 years.
Under-23s coach Mike Jackson will take charge of the team for Sunday's game with West Ham United. "Big Sam" Allardyce is the bookies favorite to take over full time.
The decision to sack Dyche has been met with scathing criticism. Jamie Carragher called it a 'joke', pointing to the fact the club rarely backed the manger in the transfer windows. To his point - they let striker Chris Wood, a key figure in preserving the club's Prem status, go on to join relegation rival Newcastle in January.
Gary Lineker called it a 'Sh**ty decision'.
While Dyche is gone, there's still the legend of his coat that will live on.
As the story goes, Dyche got in an alleged argument with Aston Villa's John McGinn, when the midfielder told the Burnley boss to ‘shut up.’
“So you’ve been in the Premier League for one season and you think you’re proper big time, telling me to ‘shut up’?” Dyche replied.
To which McGinn fired back: “You’ve been in the Premier League for six seasons and you’re still wearing the same s*** coat, you big p****!”