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What next for Sean Dyche – Burnley’s diamond who’s untouchable for the Big Six

To borrow an idea from Big Sam, if Sean Dyche could pop an umlaut on his name and had been born close to the Nürburgring rather than Kettering, he might be in a different dug-out this Sunday.

Instead, he will take his Burnley side to face a Chelsea team playing for its eighth permanent manager since Dyche took over at Turf Moor in 2012.

The new man at Stamford Bridge is Thomas Tuchel, who has arrived with a decent CV and a better reputation.

Already part of the cabal of super-coaches, Tuchel’s appointment was certainly not unexpected.

And any idea Dyche was ever even considered as a successor to Frank Lampard is clearly preposterous.

For starters, until relatively recently, Burnley were suffering a fairly wretched season, not recording a victory in their opening seven Premier League games and winning just one in 10.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche sees his contract expire at Turf Moor this summer

Since then, Dyche has posted another reminder of why he remains, – after all this time, after SO long – one of the Premier League’s most underrated managers.

Burnley’s five wins from their last nine Premier League matches have included victories over Arsenal, Liverpool and the new, vastly-improved Aston Villa.

Burnley’s three losses in that spell have all been by the single goal – to Leeds United, West Ham United and Manchester United.

They might have ridden their luck at times and were certainly second best for long spells of Wednesday’s win over Villa, but there is no fortune attached to this resurgence.

It is a result of Dyche’s organisation and motivation, attributes that are taken for granted or overlooked.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche
Dyche’s side fought back to beat Villa on Wednesday night

After masterminding the win at Anfield, there was probably a sharper focus on his tunnel spat with Jürgen Klopp than there was on the mechanics of the game.

In the inevitable, social media ‘who would win the fight poll?’, Dyche was resounding winner.

Why? Because he has got a gruff voice? Because he comes from the East Midlands? Because he mainly played lower league football? Because his Burnley teams have been relatively physical?

So, in a scrap with a more cerebral German, he has to be favourite, right?

Sean Dyche clashes in the tunnel with Jurgen Klopp
Dyche and Klopp clashed at Anfield

This type of stereotyping might have held Dyche back but there is also no denying his style of football is seen as a barrier to career advancement, along with an apparent reliance on players from these isles.

But these factors are products of circumstances, of the financial constraints at his club, and a record of losing only 131 out of 371 matches in charge at a club such as Burnley is outstanding.

But jobs like the one taken by Tuchel will not be coming Dyche’s way, that much is obvious.

The Big Six will not consider him.

So if, at the age of 49, Dyche did want a new challenge, the best avenue might end up being a move to a bigger club, outside the Big Six, that has been struggling in recent years.

A club with the sort of money Villa have given to Dean Smith to turn things around, the sort of money that might enable him to play more expansive football.

If not, let’s hope Burnley’s new owners, to some extent, let Dyche off the financial leash.

Because after this past week’s exploits, if they did not know what a diamond of a manager they have got, they should do now.

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