Burnley boss Sean Dyche sacked amid Premier League relegation battle

Just last week Burnley were celebrating a dramatic 3-2 win over Everton which appeared to have revived their survival hopes, but Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Norwich – coupled with the Toffees’ win over Manchester United the day before – left them four points adrift of safety with eight games to go.

Dyche had been the longest-serving manager in the top flight after nine-and-a-half years in the role. He earned promotion from the Championship in 2013/14, then was retained when the club were relegated the following season, securing an immediate return to the Premier League when first requested in 2015/16.

The 50-year-old has since been hailed for making Burnley a top club on a tight budget and despite finishing 17th last season, he did so with an 11-point gap to the relegation zone.

This season, however, they have struggled a lot, winning only four games all season, less than any other team in the division.

A club statement confirmed that assistant manager Ian Woan, first-team coach Steve Stone and goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer have also left the club.

“First of all, we would like to express our sincere thanks to Sean and his team for their achievements at the Club over the past decade,” Burnley chairman Alan Pace said.

“During his time at Turf Moor, Sean has been a credit both on and off the pitch, respected by players, staff, supporters and the wider football community.

“However, the results this season have been disappointing and, although it is an incredibly difficult decision, with eight crucial games of the campaign remaining, we believe a change is needed to give the team the best possible chance of winning. retain its Premier League status.

“The process of replacing Sean has begun and further announcements will be made to supporters in due course.”


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