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Sean Dyche explains why he used 4-4-2 formation during time at Burnley, it's fascinating

Jack Kenmare

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Sean Dyche explains why he used 4-4-2 formation during time at Burnley, it's fascinating

Sean Dyche has given a fascinating insight into his use of the 4-4-2 formation during his time as Burnley manager – and it's a great watch from start to finish.

The 51-year-old enjoyed a 10-year spell at Burnley that featured six consecutive seasons competing in England's top flight.

Despite a lack of resource and transfer backing for large spells of his reign at Turf Moor, Dyche helped the club finish as high as seventh in the Premier League table.

But despite securing European football for the first time in 51 years, he was sacked from his role at the Clarets last year – a decision that surprised many considering his success.


Dyche has been linked with the vacant Everton post in recent days following the sacking of Frank Lampard.

And as the former Chesterfield and Watford defender continues his break from football, he has only improved his status within the football world with a recent appearance on The Coaches' Voice's YouTube page.

In the lengthy video, Dyche examines both the in-possession and out-of-possession tactics he refined during his spell at Burnley.

He discusses tweaks he made to the set-up, including employing a 'defensively aware' number 10 in a 4-4-1-1 shape, as well as his approach to developing the likes of Kieran Trippier and Danny Ings within that system.

As mentioned above, Dyche struggled to get any financial backing to improve his squad. In his interview with The Coaches' Voice, he opens up going into the boardroom demanding new signings in the January window – only for them to look at him "like he was barmy."

He said: "It was difficult to get the players in who we wanted. It was hard to get investment from the board, and we’d have to wait around and see who we could get. We couldn’t go out and cherry-pick the players we wanted, and change our style of play based around a load of new signings. It was never that easy.

"As a result, building on a previous season’s success was never a guarantee. On this occasion, we’d survived in 2016/17, our first season in the Premier League after promotion. Although we weren’t just hoping to survive again, we certainly weren’t thinking about the top half of the table.

"We always had to go into a season with the same mentality: that it was going to be incredibly tough for us, and we were going to have to work hard to achieve what we wanted. It was the same that summer, once again."

Image credit: Alamy
Image credit: Alamy

Dyche added: "As the fixtures started to build up, I was thinking about investment. I went into the boardroom demanding we targeted new signings in January. They looked at me like I was barmy."

Thoughts on Dyche talking about the 4-4-2 formation used at Burnley? Do you think he would be a great coup for Everton?

Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: The Coaches' Voice/YouTube

Topics: Sean Dyche, Burnley, Premier League, Everton

Jack Kenmare
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