With Premier League managers dropping like flies this season, it is great to see one exception to the rule. Burnley boss Sean Dyche has signed a lucrative new contract, tying him to the club for four and a half years. The Burnley manager was the subject of intense speculation earlier this season when the Everton job was available.
Dyche decided to stay put though, and the Burnley board are rewarding his loyalty. The Clarets are currently 8th in the Premier League, behind 7th placed Leicester only on goal difference. Dyche will want to finish the season strong, with a Europa League spot a real possibility.
Dyche Will Work Hard For Burnley
Although some pundits were adamant that 46 year old Dyche should abandon Turf Moor for Goodison, we disagreed. He is building something special at Burnley, and why leave when there is still so much more to achieve. Dyche spoke to the press earlier about his new contract. He said:
“I am quite young in management terms. I am still learning and still improving, I believe, so for my personal reasons, as well, I think it’s the right place to be. It’s a very good environment and I enjoy it and I enjoy the connection I’ve had with this area. There’s lots of work to be done, but I’m definitely ‘in’ for the work to be done.”
Can The Clarets Keep Improving?
So now that Burnley have secured Dyche's services long term, can they continue on their amazing upward curve. Although they are not a fashionable club, Dyche has vastly improved the quality of players in his squad.
Steven Defour is one such example, as are the likes of Robbie Brady and Johann Gudmundsson. It is plain to see that Dyche is not only trying to stay up, he is trying to evolve Burnley's style into one that will see them flourish in the Premier League rather than just survive in it. Going on evidence to date, he is well on his way to doing just that.