Shock, sadness but feeling ‘stale’ The club needed a change – The Athletic

After a brilliant 3-2 victory over Everton, Sean Dyche marched off to thunderous cheers. All around him, his players hugged and high-fived. “We’re not dead yet,” Nick Pope exclaimed. Survival watched, faith abounded.

Ten days later, Burnley go into Sunday’s game against West Ham four points down after a devastating defeat by Norwich. Your U23 manager Michael Jackson, academy director Paul Jenkins and captain Ben Mee are in charge.

Dyche, the man who has run Burnley for almost 10 years, built them in his own image, established them as a Premier League club and even has a town center pub named in his honor, has left. The 50-year-old was sacked on Friday morning by Alan Pace, the American chairman who oversaw a controversial takeover of the club by his company ALK Capital in December 2020 and handed Dyche a new four-year deal in September.

“A crappy decision,” said Gary Lineker of the move to ditch the Premier League’s longest-serving manager as the club stare in the face of relegation: Burnley are four points adrift of safety with eight games to play.

Lineker was not alone in his views. Dyche’s departure was lamented by his fellow managers and viewed with disbelief by other players, with some questioning how well ALK really understands the English game. Shock, sadness but feeling ‘stale’ The club needed a change – The Athletic

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