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Burnley set to announce Dyche as new boss
BURNLEY are expected to announce Sean Dyche as their new manager tomorrow.
As exclusively reported in Saturday's Lancashire Telegraph, former Watford boss Dyche was offered the job towards the end of last week and asked for the weekend to think it over.
The 41-year-old watched the Clarets slip to a 4-0 defeat at Cardiff City on Saturday, having been invited to the game as a guest of Malky Mackay, his former boss at Vicarage Road and the man he succeeded as Watford manager in the summer of 2011.
In the meantime there was believed to have been an 11th hour push from some members of the board to plump for a more audacious appointment, with Blackpool boss Ian Holloway their intended target.
But Dyche was thought to have been favoured by three of the five directors and is understood to have now indicated that he is willing to accept the job.
He is expected to be installed as Eddie Howe's successor tomorrow after winning a majority vote from the board.
On Saturday, ahead of the game at the Cardiff City Stadium, operational director Brendan Flood posted a message on Twitter saying: “Appointing a new manager is legally/financially more complicated than it looks. We have five director opinions, some ambitious, some cautious.”
Dyche is believed to have been favoured by at least one of the joint chairmen following a rigorous and lengthy interview process conducted by John Banaszkiewicz and Mike Garlick over the last fortnight, before the rest of the five-man board got involved to assess the shortlist, which also included St Johnstone's Steve Lomas and Falkirk chief Steven Pressley.
Saturday's disappointing loss at Cardiff escalated the need to make a managerial appointment, and the board were believed to have met yesterday to bring their manager search nearer to a conclusion.
Caretaker boss Terry Pashley had previously bought the club time by overseeing the club's first back-to-back league wins of the season – the first against Holloway's Blackpool at Turf Moor.
After a humbling at the hands of the league leaders, Pashley said: “I've spoken to the board, but nothing in terms of what's going to happen.
“The chairmen have been asking how things have been going, but in terms of a new appointment nothing has been mentioned to me, no.
“We came down (on Friday) and after we got to the hotel I spoke to them, but not since then.
“I have nothing to report.”
He added: “If that was my last game, it's been an experience.
“I'm an employee of Burnley Football Club and I've been asked to do a job, and I've enjoyed doing it.”
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