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Dyche: Long-Serving Managers Are A Dying Breed

20 September 2019

Sean Dyche feels he is one of a dying breed of long-serving managers.

The Clarets boss becomes the club’s fourth longest-serving manager – and second post-War - when he leads his side out to face Norwich City at Turf Moor on Saturday.

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And as his seventh anniversary at Turf Moor nears, Dyche sees the winds of change affecting those who follow in his footsteps.

Dyche. whose 313th game in charge takes him ahead of Stan Ternent in games managed, said: “It’s something that counts because the stats will tell you how much harder it is getting, year on year, across the board.

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“To get these milestones and stay at a club is quite rare and I think it will get increasingly rare in the future.

“That is the demand because fans want change more quickly if things are not going well.

“There is less time to build and gain longevity unless you are winning. Howard Wilkinson once told me, ‘in football you win to survive, then you build. In a normal business it’s the other way around; you have to build to survive and win’.

“So, I think it’s good that there’s a few of us staying in there. However, I think the game is probably going to go more down the European style, where managers and coaches are in and out of jobs quite quickly – and not just because of failure, but because the ownership want to change.

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“That’s my gut feeling; that the tenure of a manager will get less and it’s more remarkable if someone stays in a job for a long period.”

Norwich arrive at Turf Moor buoyed by last weekend’s win against champions Manchester City.

The Canaries provided one of the shocks of the modern era, with a stunning 3-2 victory at Carrow Road.

But Dyche warned that their own milestone moment will not define their first season back in the top-flight.


The Clarets boss, who takes on Norwich for the first time as a manager, added: “What you are seeing is a team that want to try and get their shoulders back and try and play as they were in the Championship.

“They had a style and want to take that forward and take the challenge on.

“At the minute they are rightly getting good reviews after beating Manchester City, and when you see some of the names in this league, to get a result like that should be rightly applauded.

“But they are not going to be judged on that and you have to remain balanced. The reality comes when you are 20 and 25 games in and where you stand.

“It’s about a season’s work and your mentality has to be strong throughout the 38-game season.

“That’s the challenge they face in the first season up, but they have to work that out and I’m sure they will attempt to do so as the season unfolds.

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“For me, it’s about focusing on ourselves. we’ve had a strong start to the season in terms of performances, so our mentality is good.

“We’re aware of Norwich, who have an energy and exuberance about them, but equally we have the experience and we’re at Turf Moor, so there are things that we favour going into the game.”

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