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Premier League managers react to ‘shocking’ Sean Dyche sacking

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The experienced manager leaves Burnley after spending nearly ten years as their manager.

Watching Sean Dyche’s Burnley in action was not pleasing to most Premier League fans. However, his defensive tactics were enough to keep him in charge of Burnley for roughly a decade.

Working with an infamously tight budget, Dyche almost never disappointed the Clarets when it came to relegation battles. However, Burnley’s poor run of results in recent weeks convinced the club to sack the 50-year-old.

Another Premier League veteran, Roy Hodgson, expressed his disbelief over Burnley’s decision on Friday.

He said: “It is a shock. An enormous surprise. I must say of all the people in the league, he would have been one of the ones most likely to survive anything like this.

“Something must have happened because you don’t part company with a manager like Sean Dyche after all the fantastic things he’s done for that club over the last 10 years. He has built the club.”

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‘They should build a statue of him!’

Dyche led Burnley to Premier League promotion in his first season at the club, only to suffer relegation in the following campaign. The Clarets then reclaimed their place in the Premier League and spent the next five seasons competing in the English top flight under Dyche.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank believes Dyche deserves more credit for his Burnley heritage.

“They got promoted, they got relegated, they got promoted again. They’ve been here, what, six or seven years in the Premier League? It’s remarkable what they’ve done,” he said.

“Sean Dyche and his coaching staff, everyone involved with the football club, have done an unbelievable job. Sean Dyche deserves a lot of credit – they should build a statue of him outside Turf Moor.

“I remember there was one year when [you thought], ‘How can he not be Manager of the Year?’. So, I think he’s done a top job.

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, was another manager who heaped praise on Dyche after the news of his sacking broke out.

“He gave the club a really clear identity,” the Spaniard said. “He’s managed to keep the team, with one of the smallest budgets, consistently in the league,” the Arsenal boss said. 

“I wish him the best of luck and as always with colleagues, it’s sad when you see those decisions.”

Burnley will face West Ham in their first game after Dyche’s sacking.