Burnley supporters have been pretty despondent in recent times after seeing their side suffer a fifth Premier League defeat of the season at the weekend.
Sean Dyche’s men went into their encounter with champions Manchester City having won two and drawn the other of their last three league matches, and thus full of confidence ahead of the daunting trip to the Etihad Stadium. And they were comprehensively beaten by Pep Guardiola’s side as goals from Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez, and Leroy Sane sealed a 5-0 victory for the Citizens, thus instigating Burnley’s fall to 13th place in the Premier League table.
As such, there have been many disappointed Burnley fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom may be wondering what the future holds for manager Dyche, who is currently the second longest serving manager in the Premier League behind Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe.
And having earned many plaudits for the job he has done at Turf Moor, having taken over from Howe back in 2012, it’s incredibly obvious that Dyche is destined for much bigger and better things in the future.
Ultimately, there is little doubting that the 47-year-old has done an outstanding job at Turf Moor in leading the Clarets to becoming an established Premier League side, with this term their third successive campaign in English football’s top-flight.
And in leading the club out of the Championship in 2014, failing to keep them up in 2015 but staying with them to win the second division the season after, Dyche has also shown a loyalty to the Lancashire-based outfit that isn’t always seen in football nowadays – the club’s hierarchy also showed a loyalty to him despite their relegation.
And it has certainly paid off with Dyche leading them to 16th place in the 2016/17 season, before producing the goods last term in overseeing their incredible ascent to seventh place in the Premier League, finishing as the best of the rest outside of the top six.
And all of this was done on a shoe-string budget and thus getting the absolute maximum out of the group of players at his disposal – they may not have been the most attractive team in the Premier League to watch last season, but they were certainly very effective.
Thus, Dyche not only knows how to get the best out of players, but he also improves them and gives them an opportunity – the likes of Aaron Lennon and Joe Hart were struggling at their previous employers, but have been re-energised under Dyche at Burnley.
But one does wonder what left he has to achieve at Turf Moor.
The 46-year-old led the club to seventh place last season, which is surely the highest the Lancashire-based outfit can dream of achieving given the embarrassment of riches available to the top six teams – it was a phenomenal achievement.
But just how much further can Dyche take them, and just how much more does he have to do to start entering the conversation for top jobs – the likes of Everton, West Ham, and Leicester City have all changed managers in the last year or so, and Dyche wasn’t really in the conversation for any of them.
But his sensational work at Burnley cannot go unnoticed forever – the job he has done there has been absolutely terrific, and as such has raised his stock ten-fold, but he may have taken them as far as he possibly can.
Overall though, whether Burnley fans care to admit it or not, it’s plainly clear that Dyche is destined for much bigger and better things in the future.
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