Friday 6 December 2019

Sean Dyche to mark 200th game in charge of Burnley

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has hailed Arsene Wenger ahead of his side's trip to Arsenal on Sunday.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche has hailed Arsene Wenger ahead of his side's trip to Arsenal on Sunday.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche will celebrate a personal milestone at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday but admits it is almost inconceivable that any future top-flight manager will reign as long as Arsene Wenger.

Dyche marks his 200th game in charge of the Clarets but his longevity pales into insignificance when held up against that of his Gunners counterpart, who is the longest-serving current boss in British football having taken charge in October 2006.

Dyche holds the Frenchman in high esteem and believes his record will stand the test of time, given the cultural changes in the game over the last decade which make patience and prudence a much less admired asset.

The Burnley manager said: "I think football often mirrors life and you want it all quicker, you want it delivered yesterday, you want it cheaper, you want it throw-away, you want to get bored with it and move on.

"Football has become a bit like that as regards managers, so I think it is unlikely that you will last that long, and the ones that do last that long will do so because they have a lot of success.

"I don't think there are any regrets - everyone gets the realities of it and they accept its part and parcel of the job. But I just think it's unlikely that that length of time at any one club is going to be the norm."

Dyche regards Wenger, along with Sir Alex Ferguson, as one of his key managerial inspirations and admits it is no coincidence that certain parallels can be drawn between the Gunners' approach to the business of football and the outlook at Turf Moor.

"I think some of the principles we look at as a whole club are similar," added Dyche. "Arsene has tried to run it as a business and a football team on both levels, and the business model he has achieved is absolutely incredible."

Burnley's recent financial prudence is paying off handsomely this season as they headed into the weekend boasting the third best home record in the top flight, albeit alongside a dismal away record that needs to improve.

The Emirates Stadium may seem an unlikely setting for such a revival but Dyche, who could be boosted by the returns of Dean Marney and Johan Berg Gudmundsson, believes he has seen signs on improvement on their travels in recent times.

Dyche added: "There have definitely been signs of growth within the team away from home. We haven't got the win yet but we've certainly shown some good signs of that.

"Teams who are on fantastic form have gone to Arsenal and found it tough, so it is a very tough game for us. But on the other hand it is an easy game in the sense that there will be no expectation - no-one will be thinking we are going down there to get a result."

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