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Dyche wary of sack at Burnley

29th December 2018, 09:55 by Nick Harris

Despite his historic achievements at the club, manager Sean Dyche does not feel safe in the Burnley hotseat.

Last season's seventh-placed finish saw the Clarets qualify for Europe for the first time in half a century but, seven months on, the feeling at Turf Moor is very different, with Burnley staring at a relegation battle.

Dyche's team sit three points adrift of safety in 18th place in the Premier League table with 12 points - 20 fewer than at the same stage last season. The goals conceded column, meanwhile, shows they are only one short of last term's entire tally.

Wednesday's 5-1 home loss to Everton ended with boos from the stands and voices questioning Dyche's future, although in the minority, have begun to grow louder.

Dyche is the fourth longest-serving manager across the Premier League and Football League, having taken charge of the Clarets more than six years ago, and the club stuck with him despite relegation in 2015.

The 47-year-old said: "I think there is a bit of reality from the outside, people looking in, but don't for one minute think I think I'm set in stone here.

"I'm not, eventually people want change. I've said it for years here, eventually they will want change, for good or bad reasons. Either I go somewhere else for the reason we've been very successful, or we haven't, and my position changes.

"It's not something that concerns me. I know the work we put in here and I'm quite pleased, not with results, but the general work, the amount of work my staff and I put in, and the players. If people do question it, that's the way it goes. They question it on results, not on workload.

"I think the fans have been patient, they have been excellent actually, they know the journey of the club. We've got probably 12,000 who were here when I got here and have seen it radically change in six or so years.

"A few have come along the way who have seen, probably, only successful periods. So maybe they are looking at the whole bigger picture, I don't know. But I totally understand when they do get frustrated.

"I think the chairman understands the challenges and where's it's at, but, of course, he wants us to be winning and not in the position we are, like we all do."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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