Burnley manager Sean Dyche is believed to be on the radar of Aston Villa’s powerbrokers amid reports of unrest and potential changes of major personnel at the Midlands club.
The Daily Mail reported that the “unsettled” Clarets boss has admirers in the Villa Park boardroom and could be convinced to move to the club “under the right circumstances”.
The report from the Daily Mail added that Aston Villa sporting director Suso is coming under increased scrutiny over his questionable recruitment record, with some doubts also emerging over the future of manager Dean Smith at the relegation-threatened club.
While Dyche has a threadbare Burnley squad sitting comfortably in ninth place in the Premier League, Aston Villa spent more than £140m on transfers over the last year and find themselves nine positions lower and only ahead of Bournemouth in 19th by virtue of goals scored.
The Kettering native has been in charge at Turf Moor since October 2012, making him the second-longest serving manager in his current post among the 20 top-flight bosses. However, he recently criticised the Clarets’ board in public over their failure to secure new contracts for four players who have since left the club, leading to speculation that he could walk out on Burnley.
If Aston Villa are relegated from the Premier League, that could make Smith’s position untenable and, should a vacancy arise, their hierarchy may well see Dyche as ripe for the picking. After all, the 49-year-old has shown in the past that he can guide a team back to the top flight at the first attempt, having taken Burnley up in 2016 a year after they were relegated (as per BBC).
Having been at Burnley for eight years and taken them to seventh in the table, a position they are unlikely to improve upon given their resources in comparison to other Premier League clubs, Dyche may feel that he has achieved all that he realistically can at Turf Moor.
Will Sean Dyche still be at Burnley next season?
If he remains at loggerheads with the Clarets’ board and if Smith is given the chop by Aston Villa, the challenge of either leading the Midlands club back into the Premier League (or keeping them there if they beat the drop this year) could tempt him to make his next career move.
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