Sean Dyche deserves a statue outside Turf Moor after his dismissal by Burnley, according to Brentford head coach Thomas Frank.
Burnley opted to sack Dyche on Friday, with the announcement a surprise despite the Clarets’ relegation battle – they are 18th in the table and four points adrift of safety.
Dyche’s side had managed just one win from their past seven matches, with five defeats in that streak, but many have questioned why Burnley parted ways with their manager after nearly a decade-long association.
He guided the Clarets to five straight survivals in the Premier League, having previously followed promotion in his first season with relegation back to the Championship.
Dyche, who led Burnley into Europe for the first time in 51 years, was also the longest-reigning manager in the league but now becomes the 10th different boss to lose his job in the top tier this season.
Frank believes Dyche’s efforts should be celebrated as he expressed confusion over the decision of the Clarets board.
“They got promoted. They got relegated. They got promoted again. They’ve been here, what, six or seven years in the Premier League? It’s remarkable what they’ve done,” he said.
“Sean Dyche and his coaching staff, everyone involved with the football club, have done an unbelievable job. Sean Dyche deserves a lot of credit – they should build a statue of him outside Turf Moor.
“I remember there was one year when [you thought], ‘How can he not be Manager of the Year?’. So, I think he’s done a top job.”
6 – Sean Dyche was the Premier League’s longest serving manager, having been appointed Burnley manager in October 2012. The longest serving manager in the division is now Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp (6 years and 189 days). Longevity. pic.twitter.com/Kehf4AZ980
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Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher labelled the decision a “joke”, as he posted on Twitter: “If you [Burnley] had given him a decent budget you would never have had a worry about getting relegated.”
Veteran Roy Hodgson, who is attempting to battle the drop with Watford, was similarly bemused by the news.
“Of all the people in the league, he would have been one of the ones I would have thought most likely to survive anything like this, so I have no idea what’s happened,” Hodgson said.
“Something must have happened because you don’t part company with a manager like Sean Dyche after all the fantastic things he’s done for that club over the last 10 years. He has built the club.”
Brighton and Hove Albion head coach Graham Potter also added he was “surprised”, while Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta heaped praise on Dyche.
“He gave the club a really clear identity, he’s managed to keep the team, with one of the smallest budgets, consistently in the league,” the Arsenal boss said.
“I wish him the best of luck and as always with colleagues, it’s sad when you see those decisions.”
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