Sean Dyche remains in talks with Burnley over £15MILLION contract settlement as fans are encouraged NOT to let their anger over decision impact the team’s pursuit of Premier League safety
- Sean Dyche was sacked by Burnley with the club four points adrift of safety
- Manager was the Premier League’s longest serving having joined the in 2011
- Burnley travel to West Ham on Sunday in pursuit of Everton in the race to stay up
Sean Dyche is still in talks with Burnley over a pay-off on his £15million contract.
The figures have yet to be finalised with Dyche having agreed a new deal of around £100,000-a-week in September that was due to run until 2025. Though neither side anticipate a problem in the negotiations.
The Burnley boss was stunned to be sacked after almost 10 years at Turf Moor as he prepared to take training on Friday.
Clarets fans have been urged not to let their anger at the decision spill over into hampering the club’s vital relegation run-in.
Sean Dyche departed Burnley having spent 11 years at the club and overseen some of the most successful days in the club’s storied history
They are at West Ham on Sunday and need their home ground to be a fortress against Southampton on Thursday with the team currently four points from safety with eight games left.
No permanent successor to Dyche is expected to be announced until after the weekend with Rafa Benitez and Sam Allardyce mentioned as contenders. Wayne Rooney has said he wants to concentrate on Derby’s own relegation battle in the Championship.
Interim manager Mike Jackson, who has stepped up from running the under-23s, has said Burnley’s players need the full backing of the supporters.
‘I’m sure the fans will be hurting but they are good people and will pull behind the club,’ he said.
‘I think the biggest thing is for everyone to forget about the noise. The atmosphere they created against Everton was amazing. It made Turf Moor a hard place to come.
‘It’s been a shock to the players, that is human nature. But they are an experienced group. It is about the whole club coming together, bunkering in and concentrating on what we need to do.’
There has been widespread criticism from fans about the decision by chairman Alan Pace to remove Dyche. Long-time supporter Tony Livesey said on his Radio Five show that he fears the American ownership ‘don’t get the town’.
The owners of the Royal Dyche pub in Burnley have confirmed they will keep the name even though he is no longer Clarets manager.
Sean Dyche was said to be shocked by the decision to get rid of him at this stage
Ironically, Jackson’s first crack at Premier League management sees him come up against David Moyes, who was his boss at Preston.
‘It will be a little bit strange. He’ll probably still be shouting “squeeze up” at me like he did in the games!
‘You don’t get to a thousand games like he’s done unless you’re good at what you do, I’m delighted for him because probably a lot of people were doubting him at some stage in his career, but the guy and man he is, he’s proving what a good manager he is.’
Jackson only received a call from the chairman shortly before the announcement about Dyche was made.
Rafa Benitez, sacked by Everton this season, is thought to be in contention for the job
He will be assisted by club captain Ben Mee who is currently injured and unable to play against The Hammers.
‘Why can’t we stay up,’ added Jackson. ‘We have to try and look at the positives and take the good bits and use them and move forward.’
Ironically, Dyche became the third Premier League manager to be sacked after losing to Norwich following Claudio Ranieri (Watford) and Benitez (Everton).
Dyche is likely to make an announcement through the League Managers’ Association (LMA) about his departure once financial terms have been settled with Burnley.
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