Stephen Cummings column: Dyche must earn credit not jeers for Turf job

Lancashire Telegraph: Sean Dyche Sean Dyche

IT is not a matter of public record as to whether or not Sean Dyche owns a cat. But if he does, said moggy might be best advised to hide away for a few days, lest its owner decides to vent his frustration by swinging a leg in its direction.

Despite putting a decent-looking Barnsley side to the sword, the Burnley manager wasn’t in the mood for dispensing glad tidings of comfort and joy in the immediate aftermath of Saturday’s win.

The subject of his ire was a small but very vocal minority of paying punters, who were not slow in expressing their dissatisfaction about the way the Clarets went about dispatching a team who, on paper at least, are the worst in the division.

When Dyche said that he was “getting to know our crowd”, his comment carried a very clear inference that it was not the kind of relationship that would involve the exchange of Christmas gifts over a few snifters.

“People have been saying we’re on a mini-slump” he continued. “Going from first to third and back to first is a pretty impressive mini-slump and certainly the best I’ve been on.”

You can see his point. Dyche has faced plenty of challenges in his first full term; selling his most prized asset to a leading competitor, not being allowed to replace him, and working with the smallest squad and budget in the Championship to name but three.

Avoiding relegation was the best most fans hoped for at the start of the campaign.

And yet Burnley sit at the division’s summit, beaten only twice in the league, with two new goal-scoring heroes, a terrific team spirit and everyone else scratching their heads wondering just how that works.

In short, he has far outstripped all reasonable expectations. So when a few in the crowd start moaning because one or two passes go astray, you can understand why Dyche might be aggrieved.

We’ve been here before, of course. Stan Ternent famously accused supporters of having champagne tastes on beer money. And like Ternent, Dyche has become a victim of his own success.

At this point, the board need to step in come January and give some serious backing to their man. Given that one or both of Ings and Vokes will attract bidders in the summer, it’s not like the club won’t be able to recoup a modest.

It may just keep Dyche’s cat out of trouble too.

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1:45pm Tue 10 Dec 13

vintageclaret says...

Fully agree Sean should be receiving nothing but cheers considering all he has done since his very first pre-season in charge. I must confess that last season when he had just taken over I was very put off by what appeared to be negative one man up field play, even when at home. But just look at what he has done and continuing to do! it is marvellous at the moment and if our "Bubble Bursts" like a lot of Rovers fan are praying for then we will still have had a good season.

I honestly believe that I) The Board should get behind him with some cash ii) Make sure they keep him long term iii) All the negative "so called fans" should be out shouted/cheering for Sean when they start their infantile jeering.

Lastly as a suggestion and to show solidarity by them to Sean why don't the board do a reprint of the Sean Dyche masks to be given away and worn at the next home game it may also show more respect to someone who is doing such a good job if the LET columnists referred to him as Sean and not Dyche
Fully agree Sean should be receiving nothing but cheers considering all he has done since his very first pre-season in charge. I must confess that last season when he had just taken over I was very put off by what appeared to be negative one man up field play, even when at home. But just look at what he has done and continuing to do! it is marvellous at the moment and if our "Bubble Bursts" like a lot of Rovers fan are praying for then we will still have had a good season. I honestly believe that I) The Board should get behind him with some cash ii) Make sure they keep him long term iii) All the negative "so called fans" should be out shouted/cheering for Sean when they start their infantile jeering. Lastly as a suggestion and to show solidarity by them to Sean why don't the board do a reprint of the Sean Dyche masks to be given away and worn at the next home game it may also show more respect to someone who is doing such a good job if the LET columnists referred to him as Sean and not Dyche vintageclaret

1:59pm Tue 10 Dec 13

we.love.u.venkys says...

Dyche is doing a fine job and we are lucky to have the best young manager outside of the premier league.
Dyche is doing a fine job and we are lucky to have the best young manager outside of the premier league. we.love.u.venkys

3:02pm Tue 10 Dec 13

fabinribblevalley says...

I am a Blackburn fan and this latest headline is not surprising just proof a large section of football supporters are brain dead morons who would probably hit their mother if they didn't like the dinner she gave them. You Burnley supporters should be proud of your manager and your team for their excellent efforts this season cheer the team and praise the manager or you may not have one shortly.
I am a Blackburn fan and this latest headline is not surprising just proof a large section of football supporters are brain dead morons who would probably hit their mother if they didn't like the dinner she gave them. You Burnley supporters should be proud of your manager and your team for their excellent efforts this season cheer the team and praise the manager or you may not have one shortly. fabinribblevalley

12:29pm Mon 16 Dec 13

GeoRam says...

Sean is the best manager we have had in decades. Far better than OC, our most successful manager in recent times, although what Sean is achieving is nothing short of a miracle with the financial situation at the club.

Any fan's booing Sean need a reality check, the man is a football genius with a glowing career in management ahead of him. We are lucky to have him, and need to keep Sean at Burnley as long as possible for the benefit of our club. Check out Henry Winter's article on Sean in the Telegraph (national paper) last week for a great insight into the man. http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/sport/footbal
l/teams/burnley/1051
6775/Burnley-manager
-Sean-Dyche-eager-to
-take-Championship-l
eaders-into-the-Prem
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Sean is the best manager we have had in decades. Far better than OC, our most successful manager in recent times, although what Sean is achieving is nothing short of a miracle with the financial situation at the club. Any fan's booing Sean need a reality check, the man is a football genius with a glowing career in management ahead of him. We are lucky to have him, and need to keep Sean at Burnley as long as possible for the benefit of our club. Check out Henry Winter's article on Sean in the Telegraph (national paper) last week for a great insight into the man. http://www.telegraph .co.uk/sport/footbal l/teams/burnley/1051 6775/Burnley-manager -Sean-Dyche-eager-to -take-Championship-l eaders-into-the-Prem ier-League.html GeoRam

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