Sean Dyche has said he was surprised by the timing of his dismissal at Burnley — but admits his side were losing their edge. The 50-year-old was sacked as...
Sean Dyche has said he was surprised by the timing of his dismissal at Burnley — but admits his side were losing their edge.
The 50-year-old was sacked as manager on April 16, having spent almost 10 years in charge at Turf Moor.
His removal came with Burnley in 18th place, four points behind Everton. Under the stewardship of assistant Mike Jackson, the Lancashire club have climbed out of the relegation zone at the expense of Leeds United.
Speaking to Second Captains podcast, Dyche opened up on the manner in which he was sacked. He insisted that he had no issue with how the decision was delivered, but was surprised by the timing.
“By the time it comes round, the only question mark, and I spoke openly to Alan, who is a good guy, (was that) I was amazed by the timing because it is Friday and we lost on the Sunday so the surprise was the timing; not so much could it happen.
“The fact it came my way, I haven’t got magic dust, one day it does come your way.
“You have to remember we had beaten Everton on the Wednesday in a massive game and performed really well, particularly in the second half.”
He also said that the conversation took only five minutes, revealing: “Alan (Pace) asked to meet me in the morning (Friday), you are thinking that’s peculiar, an early morning meeting. I was in the gym, I saw him walk past the window and told him I would be up in one minute. Very simple conversation — ‘We are going to make a change.’”
Asked if he empathised with the chairman’s decision, Dyche acknowledged that Burnley might have lost their edge this season.
“I sensed over the season the knife edge of success and failure at clubs like Burnley is quite obvious because winning and losing is marginal,” he said. “It starts to affect the psyche and the feel starts changing.
“I thought we were losing our edge, not the understanding or organisation, there is an edge that players have to play with. What you notice with a lot of groups, including ours when we come and go out and they have a bolt and win the game straight after (they drew), it is almost like someone lifts everything up off you.
“There is a feeling inside your own group that the edge is coming off some of these. Footballers start growing their own opinions and deciding they know what they need and want. Then it’s like a collective down time when it just starts drifting.”
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