Sean Dyche

Sean Dyche
Dyche as manager of Burnley in 2013
Personal information
Full name Sean Mark Dyche[1]
Date of birth (1971-06-28) 28 June 1971[1]
Place of birth Kettering, Northamptonshire, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Burnley (manager)
Youth career
1987–1989 Nottingham Forest
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1990 Nottingham Forest 0 (0)
1990–1997 Chesterfield 231 (8)
1997–1999 Bristol City 17 (0)
1999Luton Town (loan) 14 (1)
1999–2002 Millwall 69 (3)
2002–2005 Watford 72 (0)
2005–2007 Northampton Town 56 (0)
Total 459 (12)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Watford
2012– Burnley
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Sean Mark Dyche (/d/; born 28 June 1971) is an English former professional footballer, who is currently the manager of Premier League side Burnley, a position he has held since October 2012. During his playing career, Dyche played as a centre-back, making his professional debut in 1990 and representing Chesterfield – whom he captained and scored for in an FA Cup semi-final – Bristol City, Luton Town, Millwall, Watford and Northampton Town. He was promoted with four of his six clubs. After retiring as a player in 2007 he coached at Watford, including a stint as manager between June 2011 and July 2012.

Whilst manager of Burnley, Dyche has successfully guided the club to two promotions to the Premier League in three seasons, the latter following relegation back to the Championship in 2014–15.

Playing career

Dyche was a youth-team player at Nottingham Forest in the late 1980s, while Brian Clough was manager. When he joined Forest he was 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) and weighed 10 stone, but grew to 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) and 12 stone after a year. He broke his leg early in his career, which Dyche claims held him back. It also left him with a permanent bend in his leg.[2]

He left Forest in early 1990 without making a first-team appearance and signed for Chesterfield, where he later became captain. Dyche was part of a team that won the Division Three play-offs in 1995 and reached an FA Cup semi-final in 1997. In the FA Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough he scored a penalty to put his side 2–0 up in an eventual 3–3 draw. Ultimately, Chesterfield would go on to lose the replay 3–0.[3]

Dyche left Chesterfield for Bristol City in 1997, helping them win promotion to Division One in his first season. City were relegated the following season, during which Dyche spent time on loan at Luton Town. He moved to Millwall at the end of the campaign, where he won promotion to Division One in 2001 and came close to a Premier League place the following year, losing to eventual promotion winners Birmingham City in the play-offs. In 2002, he began a three-year spell at Watford where he was captain in his final season with the club.

He signed for Northampton Town in 2005,[4] and was involved in their 2005–06 promotion from League Two. He fell out of favour after the appointment of Stuart Gray as manager, and was released at the end of the 2006–07 season.[5]

Managerial career

Having retired, following his release from Northampton, Dyche rejoined Watford as under-18s coach in 2007,[6] and was promoted to assistant manager in July 2009 when Malky Mackay was appointed Watford manager.[7] Mackay left to join Cardiff City in June 2011, and Dyche was promoted to manager.[8] Watford finished the 2011–12 season in 11th place, the club's best finish for four years, but a change in club ownership led to his dismissal at the end of the season.[9]

Dyche joined the England national under-21 football team as a temporary member of the backroom staff in September 2012,[10] but the following month became manager of Burnley, succeeding Eddie Howe, who had left the club to rejoin A.F.C. Bournemouth.[11] Dyche was named Championship manager of the month for September 2013, and led Burnley to their best start to a season since they were founded in 1882. The team broke a number of long-standing club records, and won promotion to the Premier League, after a four-year absence.[12] Their spell in the top flight lasted only a single season, as they were relegated with two games to spare.[13] On 5 February 2016, Dyche signed a contract extension.[14] Dyche guided Burnley to the Premier League for a second time in the 2015–16 season, with promotion sealed following a 1–0 win over Queens Park Rangers at Turf Moor on 2 May.[15]

On 23 January 2018, Dyche signed a new contract with Burnley to remain as manager until the summer of 2022.[16] Dyche had guided Burnley to 7th place in the Premier League at the time of signing his contract, an impressive start to their second successive top-flight season after finishing 16th the season prior. The season ended with Europa League qualification for the first time for over half a century and secured their best finish to a top flight season since a sixth placed finish back in 1974.[17]

Personal life

Dyche grew up in Kettering, Northamptonshire. His father was a management consultant for British Steel Corporation, working in Egypt, India, and Corby. He has two brothers.[2] Dyche and his wife Jane have two children.[18]

Playing statistics

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Nottingham Forest 1989–90[19] First Division 00000000
Chesterfield 1989–90[20] Fourth Division 2223[lower-alpha 1]0252
1990–91[21] Fourth Division 28210102[lower-alpha 2]0322
1991–92[22] Fourth Division 42310201[lower-alpha 2]0463
1992–93[23] Third Division 20100002[lower-alpha 3]0221
1993–94[24] Third Division 20010202[lower-alpha 3]0250
1994–95[25] Third Division 22020003[lower-alpha 3]0270
1995–96[26] Second Division 41020203[lower-alpha 3]0480
1996–97[27] Second Division 360612000441
Total 2318131901602699
Bristol City 1997–98[28] Second Division 110001000120
1998–99[29] First Division 60002080
Total 170003000200
Luton Town (loan) 1998–99[29] Second Division 1411[lower-alpha 3]0151
Millwall 1999–2000[30] Second Division 1000000010
2000–01[31] Second Division 330201000360
2001–02[32] First Division 3532020393
Total 693403000763
Watford 2002–03[33] First Division 2400010250
2003–04[34] First Division 2501010270
2004–05[35] Championship 2300030260
Total 7201050780
Northampton Town 2005–06[36] League Two 350102000380
2006–07[37] League One 210201000240
Total 560303000620
Career total 4591221123017052013

Managerial statistics

As of match played 30 August 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref.
Watford 21 June 2011 6 July 2012 49 17 17 15 034.7 [9][38]
Burnley 30 October 2012 Present 268 104 79 85 038.8 [38]
Total 317 121 96 100 038.2


As a player


Bristol City


Northampton Town

As a manager




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