Sean Dyche responds to speculation over his future at Burnley amid latest exit rumours
Burnley continue to exceed expectations in the Premier League and look almost certain to finish in the top half of the table.
Sean Dyche has done an excellent job at Turf Moor and with that success comes the inevitable speculation over his future.
The 49-year-old is the third longest serving manager in Football League, behind only Wycombe’s Gareth Ainsworth and Eddie Howe at Bournemouth.
Burnley have suffered just one defeat in their last 14 Premier League games and it has again raised questions over whether he will return after the end of the season.
talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham asked Dyche about the speculation over his future and, although he insisted his focus was on his current job, he did not rule out an exit.
“It’s fair to say I don’t cover my own media but plenty of people send it to me. I have seen it,” he told talkSPORT. “My reaction is the same as always. I get on with my life and work here. I’ve been questioned about it many times down the years when we’ve had relative successes, am I going here or am I going there.
“Until things change I continue to work hard here. I’ve got a really good group of staff. People I trust implicitly in their roles and a really good group of players. That’s what I continue to focus on and let everyone else do the talking around me.”
Dyche was appointed by Burnley in 2012, when he replaced Eddie Howe, and has twice guided them to the top flight.
The former Chesterfield and Millwall defender was keen to continue his development and learn from all the challenges that are thrown his way.
He added: “My ambition currently is to keep these players working hard. Beyond that it is to try and align players to continue the strength of the group that has done very well and beyond that is open mindedness.
“I’ve said many, many times about my life here. I’ve been linked and people certainly forget there has been links with clubs and talks of me being unhappy and that’s been there before on numerous occasions but equally just 14 games ago people were saying they should get me out and they need a change.
“That’s how quickly things change in football and the perception is more powerful than the facts. For me, I just keep working hard. I want to continue developing myself and not just others because I think if you lose track of that you are going to lose track of what you are trying to achieve.
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“The main thing for me is to keep learning from these experiences, including this COVID experience and the professional view beyond this experience. The Black Lives Matter situation and all these things are a melting pot of handling of what you are as a professional football manager, particularly in the Premier League because there is a lot on it.
“I will continue in that vein and see
what comes next.”
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