Burnley sack Sean Dyche to end 10-year spell as Clarets boss

Despite being 25/1 via Planet Sport Bet to be the next manager to leave this season, Burnley announced on Friday morning that they'd parted ways with long-term boss Sean Dyche.

Burnley currently find themselves 18th in the Premier League and four points from safety, making relegation an increasingly real threat for the Clarets this season.

But while they've often shown faith in Sean Dyche's ability to avoid the drop, Burnley pulled the trigger on Friday morning, sacking him and his coaching staff.

The club decided to part ways despite Dyche signing a contract extension back in September, keeping him at the club until 2025.

Alongside Dyche, assistant manager Ian Woan, first-team coach Steve Stone and goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer all departed too, making way for an entirely new backroom team to enter Turf Moor.

Whoever does replace the 50-year-old manager will have just eight games remaining to save the Clarets from the drop.

Following the news, Burnley chairman Alan Pace said: "Firstly, we would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Sean and his staff for their achievements at the club over the last decade.

"During his time at Turf Moor, Sean has been a credit both on and off the pitch, respected by players, staff, supporters, and the wider football community.

"However, results this season have been disappointing and, while this was an incredibly difficult decision, with eight crucial games of the campaign remaining, we feel a change is needed to give the squad the best possible chance of retaining its Premier League status."

Dyche leaves the club after twice leading the Clarets to promotion, as well as bringing European football to Turf Moor back in 2018.

However, with a limited budget and resources, the club have often found themselves battling relegation under Dyche.

His final game came in a 2-0 loss to relegation rivals Norwich - a defeat that put crucially put Burnley four points behind Everton.

The club have since announced that centre-back and captain Ben Mee will be part of the coaching team that takes charge of the upcoming game on Sunday against West Ham.

But while Mee takes temporary charge, Pace - whose ALK Capital group took over at Turf Moor in December 2020 - have stated that the search for a replacement is already underway.

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