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On Monday afternoon Everton fans found out that manager Ronald Koeman had been sacked after a run of poor results culminating in a five-two loss at home to Arsenal at the weekend.
This will have come as a relief to many Toffees fans who were themselves calling for him to lose his job despite guiding the club to a seventh-place finish last season. What remains now is to see who takes over at Goodison with a whole host of names being linked with the club including the likes of caretaker manager David Unsworth, Ryan Giggs and Phil Neville.
One other name that has been mentioned is that of current Burnley boss, Sean Dyche.
Sean Dyche has been manager of Burnley since October 2012 making him amongst the longest serving managers currently in the Premier League.
During his first full season at Burnley in 2013, he brought what was far from one of the richest Championship sides back up to the Premier League after a four-year absence and although he was unable to save them from relegation the following year, his side certainly proved that they could handle anyone visiting Turf Moor.
In the end, Burnley were simply undone by their poor away record. Despite this setback Sean Dyche managed to keep the faith of the Burnley board and remained at the helm again in the 2015/16 season when Burnley were promoted back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
This time around Dyche managed to keep Burnley up although they were again mostly reliant on their home form. So far, after the opening nine games of the 2017/18 season, Burnley seem to have improved further still and currently sit in eighth just above Merseyside giants Liverpool.
Even away from home this season Burnley have succeeded in picking up points which will be key if they are to survive again this season which even at this early stage looks likely.
Faith paid in dividends
In the case of the Clarets it would certainly seem that the faith they have shown in Sean Dyche over recent years has paid dividends and equally it is at Burnley that Dyche has made a name for himself.
So, how much of Burnley’s recent success can be attributed to Dyche? Well, it must be said, quite a lot of it, the team is very much built around the philosophy of Dyche.
This philosophy revolves around hard work on the pitch and a strong togetherness as a squad and this is reflected in nearly every performance his players put in for him and the club. Dyche is also an excellent man manager and he clearly has a good personal relationship with all those who surround him from the first team to the coaching staff.
This faith that he shows in those he works with is key to why his players are so willing to work for him. His squad clearly have the utmost faith in everything he says or does and do their best to carry it out on his behalf.
This is what makes Dyche such a formidable up and coming manager; he has the ability to inspire unquestioning loyalty in his players and works to improve them in whatever way he can.
Wright a big fan of his
There can clearly be no doubt that Dyche has managerial ability, but he is still yet to manage at a big club leaving many to wonder whether he can make the step up.
One man who would certainly seem to think he can is former Arsenal and England striker, Ian Wright. In an interview earlier this month, Wright even said that he would happily see Dyche as the next Arsenal manager should Arsene Wenger finally retire and after the sacking of Koeman on Monday, he said that Everton is “the next step” for Dyche.
This would certainly seem to be the most logical progression for Dyche at this relatively early stage of his career especially when you consider the significant resources that Everton possess.
Obviously Dyche is likely to have to adapt his style slightly were he to become Everton boss but there is no reason that he can’t be successful, especially if he can continue to aspire confidence in players like he has been able to do at Burnley.
Of course, Everton are yet to make a decision on who they appoint as Koeman’s successor and multiple candidates are still in play but it is clear that Everton could do much worse than appointing Sean Dyche.
Written by James Bairstow
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