Former Burnley manager Sean Dyche says he is ‘amazed’ by the timing of his sacking and has ‘no problem with working abroad’ next.
Dyche did a great job during a long spell at Turf Moor, earning the Clarets two promotions to the Premier League. He also kept them in the top flight for the last five seasons, despite having to operate with one of the smallest budgets in the division.
Burnley’s best achievement under Dyche came in 2017-18. They finished in seventh place in the Premier League to qualify for the Europa League.
Burnley beat Aberdeen in the second qualifying round before overcoming Istanbul Basaksehir in the next round. But they couldn’t reach the group stage as they lost 4-2 to Olympiacos on aggregate in the play-off.
The Clarets have had a poor season this time around and Dyche was sacked on April 15. The decision came from club chairman Alan Pace after five defeats in their previous six league outings.
The timing of the departure was a surprising one though. Burnley let Dyche go just two days before a trip to West Ham.
During an appearance on the Second Captains podcast, Dyche said: “By the time it comes around the only question mark, and I spoke openly to Alan, who is a good guy, I was amazed by the timing because it is Friday and we lost on the Sunday.
“So the surprise was the timing, not so much that it could happen. The fact it came my way, I haven’t got magic dust. One day it does come your way.”
Sean Dyche admits Burnley ‘lost their edge’
The Englishman added: “I sensed over the season the knife edge of success and failure at clubs like Burnley is quite obvious because winning and losing is marginal.
“It starts to affect the psyche and the feel starts changing.
“I thought we were losing our edge, not the understanding or organisation, there is an edge that players have to play with.
“What you notice with a lot of groups, including ours when we come and go out and they have bolt and win the game straight after. It is almost like someone lifts everything up off you.”
U23s coach Mike Jackson has done a good job since stepping up to the senior role on a temporary basis. Burnley have won three out of five matches during his time in the dugout.
For Dyche, his next destination is yet to be revealed. But the 50-year-old admits he could end up abroad if a suitable club comes forward.
“I don’t feel like I need a break. But if a break comes my way I will use it wisely,” he said.
“Then it is when does the time come. You want the right people and the right project. But that is not that easy and you often don’t know until you are in it anyway.
“I have no problem with working abroad, no problem with geography of the country.
“I am pretty flexible with my thinking on what can and can’t be done on clubs. I’m pretty open-minded.”
While Sean Dyche is open to managing elsewhere, he is most likely to come back to management with a club in the lower half of the Prem table.
Plenty of English teams could use his experience and know-how to get themselves out of a relegation fight.