In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Premier League defender Steve Howey heaped the praise on Sean Dyche for his achievements as Burnley manager but questioned why he doesn’t get touted for the bigger jobs.
Dyche, who has been manager of the Clarets since 2012 has helped establish them as a Premier League regular having remained in the top flight since the 2016/17 season when they finished 16th.
The former Watford manager began to get more plaudits the following season as he guided Burnley to a sixth-placed finish which meant they qualified for the Europa League, the first time in over a century that the Clarets would be playing on the continent.
Since the 16/17 season, which was their second stint in the top flight in three years, Dyche has spent a net total of £58.9 million. His most expensive purchase being Ben Gibson for £15 million in 2018/19 and potentially a reason why Burnley have tighter the purse strings further since that season with the centre back making just six appearances.
Speaking on the work Dyche has been doing at Burnley and how he feels the 49-year old is underrated in the Premier League, Howey spoke exclusively to FFC:
“If you look at the budget that Sean Dyche has had and the way he and his staff have managed to keep Burnley comfortably in the Premier League it’s been nothing short of remarkable.
“They also had one or two seasons where they were pushing into the top half of the league.
“It’s a surprise to me that somebody like Sean who does it year in year out doesn’t get linked more often with the bigger jobs.”
Dyche looks to be on course to guide Burnley to their fifth season in a row of staying in the Premier League as they currently sit four points and three places above the bottom three.
Burnley have a small but determined squad that appears willing to run through walls for Dyche and the club and they reap the rewards of those efforts each season.