Sean Dyche has been sacked as Burnley manager. His other support staff also finished at the club.
Burnley inform in a press release that Dyche, assistant manager Ian Woan, first team coach Steve Stone and goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer have all left the club.
“First we would like to thank Sean and his support staff for what they have accomplished over the past decade,” Burnley chairman Alan Pace said in a press release.
“But this season’s results have been disappointing, and although this is a very difficult decision, with eight important games remaining, we feel changes are needed to give the squad the best chance of maintaining Premier League status,” he said.
Burnley have lost five of their last six Premier League games and are four points behind safety.
Dyche has held the job at Burnley since October 2012. He has led the team in 425 games. In the 2018/19 season, the club qualified for the Europa League. This is the first time in 51 years the club has participated in a European tournament.
Dyche is the Premier League’s longest-serving manager with 9.5 years at the club. Burnley stated that processes have begun to find a replacement. Now Jürgen Klopp of Liverpool (hired in 2015) is the longest-serving manager.
– What a joke!
Former Liverpool player and football pundit Jamie Carragher was among those reacting to Dyche’s sacking.
“What a joke! If you give him a decent budget you’ll never worry about relegation”, wrote Carragher on Indonesia.
West Ham is the next opponent for Burnley. U23 coach Mike Jackson, academy manager Paul Jenkins, U23 goalkeeping coach Connor King and club captain Ben Mee have been asked to take charge of the team for the match, club chairman Pace said.
After West Ham there is a series of affordable settlements in the struggle for survival:
Southampton (K), Wolverhampton (K), Watford (K), Aston Villa (K), Tottenham (K), Aston Villa (K), Newcastle (K).
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