Former Burnley manager Sean Dyche discusses Bournemouth links and lifts the lid on his exit from Turf Moor
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Sean Dyche has lifted the lid on his Burnley exit after spending 10 years at the club.
Dyche was sacked as Burnley boss back in April with the team in 18th place, four points from safety after winning just one game in seven.
During his tenure, Dyche led the Turf Moor club from the Championship to a seventh-place finish in the Premier League, which gave the fans a taste of Europa League football.
Speaking exclusively to SPORTbible, the 51-year-old has lifted the lid on his departure.
“People go ‘oh you’re hard done by’, we didn’t win enough games, fact," Dyche said. "That’s your job as a manager, win enough games. So I will never hide behind that.
“There’s other reasons, millions of different reasons about why but the facts are the facts. We had a team that could have won more games and we didn’t win enough games.”
Dyche then alluded to the eight games that remained in the season, which he believed was the ‘best run’ the team could have hoped for.
He added: “The argument would be, and I said this on parting. The eight games that were remaining were arguably the best run of games, on paper cause the Premier League is very difficult.
“But on paper the best run of games of the season, that’s the only thing I couldn’t get. I was like ‘well that’s the best run and you’re taking us out two days before the best run’ but the owners are under pressure to make decisions, not an easy decision, a big, brave decision for someone who have been there as long as I have.”
The former Watford manager then spoke about the potential leeway that he had built up over the years that he was with the club.
Dyche continued: “Like I said, with all that being considered, you still got to win enough games and we didn’t do that.
“I felt the team, although not a brilliant team, we had enough in our locker to have won more games than we did and to not be in the situation that we did. Facts are facts, we still had the players capable of winning more games.”
Dyche added that he believed Burnley would have stayed up if he was given the chance to steer the club through the difficult period.
He then dismissed the idea that his players took their foot off the gas.
Dyche said: “I’m not gonna go into that. We had some brilliant pros who were amazing. They had achieved massively for themselves, for the team, for me and for the club, massively.
“I’m never gonna question them.”
Sacking Dyche couldn’t prevent Burnley from relegation as they finished 18th. Former Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany has since taken over the role as the club’s manager.
When asked about the Bournemouth links, Dyche said: “When you’re out of a job there’s no compensation, sales pitch here, you’ve got a good record, you know what you’re doing, handsome, debonair, play free flowing football, what’s not to like.”
He added: “There’s nothing that I wouldn’t look at, I’ve managed in the Championship and the Premier League as well. I’d never disrespect any club.”
Where will Dyche end up for his next job? Only time will tell.
Thanks to Sean Dyche for taking part.
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