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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Burnley fired Dieche in late bid to avoid relegation from EPL

The longest-serving manager in the Premier League was fired on Friday after Burnley got rid of Sean Dyke late in the season to avoid relegation from England’s lucrative top flight.

It’s a big call by Burnley’s American ownership, ALK Capital Investment Group, given Deutsche’s history and pitched in a club where it has made a lot of — relative to — on one of the league’s smallest budgets. have achieved.

He has been in charge since October 2012, during which time his team was promoted twice from the second-tier championship, achieved two top-half finishes in the Premier League and qualified for Europe for the first time in 51 years.

However, with Burnley four points from safety and eight games left, chairman Alan Pace said he had to act now with the team’s top-flight status at such risk.

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“The results this season have been disappointing,” said Paes, who only arrived at Burnley in the middle of last season, “and, while it was an incredibly difficult decision, with eight crucial games left in the campaign, we think a Change is needed to give the team the best chance of retaining Premier League status.”

With his hoarse voice and quirky humour, Deutsche was one of the most distinctive and charismatic managers in the Premier League. As a player a no-nonsense center, Diache built a team that played in his image – direct, hard-working and physical.

Burnley presented a unique challenge to opponents, especially when they visited Turf Moor, but one that became easier to negotiate this season as Dyke’s team struggled to avoid a relegation scrap.

Last weekend’s 2-0 loss at Norwich was a major blow to Burnley’s chances of staying on, coming just days after a morale-boosting 3-2 win over Everton – another team in danger.

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Waiting almost a week to sack Dieche as well as his entire first-team coaching staff seems odd. Burnley takes on West Ham on Sunday, when Under-23 coach Mike Jackson will be in charge and captain Ben Mee, one of the team’s players, will assist them, among others.

Paes described Deutsche as “a credit on and off the pitch” and someone “respected by players, staff, supporters and the wider football community”.

That was not enough to keep him at his job and Dyke would be a difficult task to follow, whether Burnley remained in the Premier League or not.

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