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Sean Dyche - Manager

2 November 2012

Sean Dyche became the Clarets’ 24th post-war managerial appointment when he took charge at Turf Moor at the end of October, 2012.

The 41-year-old signed a two-and-a-half year contract and returned to senior management just over a year after leaving Watford, where he served the Hornets in several managerial roles.

And his achievements since joining Burnley mark him as one of the club's most successful managers in the modern era.

Dyche steered the Clarets to promotion to the Premier League on a budget within 18-months of his arrival and, after signing a new deal, he almost kept them in the top flight at the first time of asking.

Midway through the ensuing 2015/16 season, he again signed new, improved terms as the Clarets bounced straight back into the top flight at the first time of asking.

Kettering-born Dyche had come through the coaching ranks at Vicarage Road after ending a 17-year playing career as a central defender.

Starting with Watford’s youth team after hanging up his boots in 2007 he graduated to the position of assistant manager under Malky Mackay.

And when Mackay left Watford to join Cardiff City, Dyche was promoted to become Hornets’ manager in June, 2011, taking charge of his first League game against Burnley at Turf Moor.

Despite the departure of a number of top players and working with one of the smallest budgets in the division, he then went on to lead Watford to 11th-place in the Championship in 2011/12– their highest finish and highest points total since 2008, the year following the club’s relegation from the Premier League.

During the season, Dyche’s side took four points off Burnley with a win at Vicarage Road at the start of March kicking off a run of six wins, six draws and just one defeat before the end of the season.

Despite that record he lost his job in the 2012 close season, when Watford were taken over by new Italian owners, who appointed former Italy international Gianfranco Zola as manager.

Dyche then spent a spell working with the England under-21 side, helping them reach the finals of the 2013 European Championships as part of the staff put together by Stuart Pearce – a former playing colleague at Nottingham Forest where he started his career.

During his playing career, after leaving Forest to join Chesterfield in 1990, the defender went on to make 269 appearances for the Spireites, captaining the club and scoring in their FA Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough in 1997.

Dyche also helped the Derbyshire club to promotion in 1995 and went on to win future promotions as a player at Bristol City and Millwall – both clubs going up to the Championship – before signing for Watford in 2002.

The Kettering-born centre-back played 78 games for the Hornets and captained them for a season before moving to Northampton Town in 2005, where he enjoyed another promotion 12 months later.

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