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Sean Dyche

Sean Dyche
Personal information
Full nameSean Mark Dyche[1]
Date of birth (1971-06-28) 28 June 1971 (age 42)
Place of birthKettering, England
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing positionDefender
Club information
Current clubBurnley (manager)
Youth career
000?–1989Nottingham Forest
Senior career*
1989–1990Nottingham Forest0(0)
1997–1999Bristol City18(0)
1999Luton Town (loan)14(1)
2005–2007Northampton Town56(0)
Teams managed
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Sean Mark Dyche (born 28 June 1971) is an English former footballer, and subsequently a coach and manager. He played as a centre back and is currently the manager of Burnley F.C.

Dyche started his playing career as an apprentice at Nottingham Forest under the management of Brian Clough, but didn't make a senior appearance and joined Chesterfield in 1990. Dyche played the majority of his professional games for Chesterfield. He was part of the side that won promotion in 1995, and captained and scored for Chesterfield in an FA Cup semi-final in 1997. He spent subsequent spells at Bristol City, Luton Town (on loan), Millwall, Watford and finally Northampton Town. He retired in 2007, having achieved promotions with four of the six clubs he had played for.

Dyche returned to Watford as youth team coach in 2007. He was promoted to assistant manager under Malky Mackay in 2009, and succeeded Mackay as manager in 2011, leading the team to mid-table safety before being replaced by Gianfranco Zola in July 2012. In October 2012 he was appointed manager of Burnley F.C.

Playing career

Sean Dyche was a youth team player at Nottingham Forest in the late 1980s, while Brian Clough was still manager, but he left in early 1990 without making a first team appearance and signed for Chesterfield, where he later became captain and helped them win the Division Three playoffs in 1995 and reach the FA Cup semi-final in 1997. In the FA Cup semi final against Middlesbrough he scored a penalty to put Chesterfield 2–0 up, only for the game to finish 3–3 and Chesterfield to lose the replay 3–0. Dyche had a spell on loan at Luton Town, where he scored once against Gillingham in 14 league appearances.[2] He then left for Bristol City and helped them win promotion to Division One in his first season, but they lasted just one season at this level and Dyche was on the move again, this time to Millwall. He enjoyed further success at Millwall, as they won promotion to Division One in 2001 and came close to a Premier League place the following year, only to lose to eventual promotion winners Birmingham City in the playoffs. He then had a three-year spell at Watford where he was captain in his final season with the club. Dyche subsequently signed for Northampton Town in 2005,[3] and was involved in their 2005–06 promotion from League Two. He fell out of favour after the arrival of Stuart Gray as manager, and was released at the end of the 2006–07 season.[4] He subsequently retired from the game, becoming Under-18s coach at former club Watford.[5]

Managerial career

Dyche rejoined Watford as youth team coach and became assistant manager at Watford on 6 July 2009 after Malky Mackay was appointed manager.[6] On 21 June 2011, Dyche was appointed manager of Watford, following Mackay's decision to join Cardiff City.[7]

On 28 April 2012, Watford finished 11th in the Championship, their highest league finish since the 2007–08 season, and their total of 64 points was more than the club had achieved under Malky Mackay's management. Following a change in club ownership he was dismissed on 2 July 2012, with Gianfranco Zola as his replacement confirmed on 7 July 2012.[8]

On 10 September 2012, Dyche joined the England national under-21 football team as a temporary member of the backroom staff[9]

On 30 October 2012 Dyche was named as Burnley F.C. manager as successor to Eddie Howe who left the club to rejoin League One side A.F.C. Bournemouth.[10] In Dyches first game in charge of Burnley, goals from Martin Paterson and Charlie Austin were enough to beat recently relegated Wolves 2-0. Dyche was named Championship manager of the month for September 2013 and after 13 games has led the Clarets to their best start in any league in which they have played since their formation, and as a founder member of the football league.

Personal life

Dyche is married to Jane, and has two children: Max (born 2003) and Alicia (born 2005). He lives in Northamptonshire. Since his playing days at Nottingham Forest, he maintains a friendship with Ian Woan, Tony Loughlan and Stuart Pearce, who were team-mates of his at The City Ground. Dyche plays golf in his spare time.

He is known to fans and the media sometimes as "Stone Cold Sean Dyche", because of his resemblance to wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Ginger Mourinho. He has also been referred to as "the Medieval Knight" due to his hugely true comparison to a middle ages battlefield warrior.[11]


As a player

Bristol City
Northampton Town

As a manager

Manager of the month

Managerial statistics

As of 2 November 2013.
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Watford  England 22 June 2011 3 July 2012 49 17 17 15 34.69
Burnley  England 30 October 2012 Present 52 24 14 14 46.15
Total 101 41 31 29 40.59


External links

  • Soccerbase
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