Managerial merry-go-round is harsh - Dyche

Claudio Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri

When Burnley took on Swansea City on the opening day of the season, Italian Francesco Guidolin was the man in the Swans' dugout.

When the Clarets kick-off at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, they will do so against the hosts' third boss of the campaign, having dispensed of the services of the former Monaco and Palermo chief, as well as successor Bob Bradley.

Paul Clement is the Welsh side's current incumbent, and, in a week which has seen the most high-profile managerial casualty of the season, with Claudio Ranieri leaving champions Leicester City, Clarets boss Sean Dyche said: "It’s fair to say it is becoming a more interesting business than ever. "I don’t know how you define it anymore, I don’t know where it is.

"I think you just work now, you get in, work hard, be authentic, try everything you can to be successful.

"A manager used to get the sack and he’d be really broken. No it’s ‘ah well’. Whatever you do, you can be successful and get the sack and be unsuccessful and get the sack.

"You can be deemed good, be deemed rubbish and get the sack."

Dyche, who left Watford despite their highest finish in four years in 2012, added: "I’ve spoken to managers who got the sack who I played under and they were devastated. No they just say ‘what can you do?’.

"You just get on with the next one. I think that’s how harsh it’s become, I think it’s become harsh from the business side and harsh from the manager's side.

"I think it passes quicker now, as long as you’ve done everything in your power to do, managers come out and say ‘I’ve done everything I could to try and make that work’."

Jamie Carragher spoke on Sky Sports on Monday night about the vast finance in the Premier League putting more pressure on clubs to stay in the league, and Dyche feels clubs can be too quick to make a change: "I think it’s a big debate. I can’t remember the up-to-date stats but I think it’s down to 1.2 or 1.3 years, across the board.

"Don’t forget Arsene is in there, when he comes out that will change it again.

"Demands are getting higher, from the media and the fans, the realities and finance of the sport make it even more demanding all the time. Building something now is very difficult to do."

On Ranieri, Dyche feels an old Nottingham Forest colleague has the best way to look at it: "I don’t know the inside story. You can’t really define it.

"Nigel Clough made a really good point, if you look at the number of times a manager releases himself from his contract to go to another club to sackings, they get pelters, but compared to sackings and no-one really cares about them.

"I don’t think managers want sympathy. When you’re younger it’s harder but I think we all know what the business is like now.

"I don’t think many cry over it, they get it. There must be something in our psyches because there’s a queue a mile long whenever a job comes up. Everyone wants another go. It’s like a drug, making it right, can I learn from last time, can I change it? There’s an attachment to it, which is strange when it’s getting more and more brutal."