Most of the dissatisfaction and disillusionment with modern day football is down to the lack of loyalty and commitment to one particular club. After a player or manager enjoys a bit of success there is the inevitable approach from admiring suitors that would like that form replicated at their clubs. Most of the time wanted players or managers will move on as the lure of more money is too great to refuse.
The tables can be turned as well, when bad form or a string of bad results sees a club turn its back on an individual who has brought unparalleled success to a team in the past. The modern game is cruel and patience is seen as a forgotten virtue with knee-jerk reactions a common occurrence.
Burnley’s loyalty to manager Sean Dyche after relegation from the Premier League in 2015 is returning massive dividends as the man dubbed as the ‘Ginger Mourinho’ is performing miracles at Turf Moor and there is no doubt something special is brewing at Burnley this season. The question is how far can they go after their tremendous start to life in the Premier League?
They were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Leeds, but Dyche will fancy a run in the FA Cup as it is all set up for a team on the rise like Burnley to do well in. Dyche’s men may only be fancied at 66/1 in the latest FA Cup betting but have proved they can mix it with the best this season as they continue to defy the odds. Dyche’s has shown great fortitude by overcoming many challenges during his time at Burnley and his journey has been the example of perseverance.
The former Watford manager guided Burnley to promotion in 2014 and ended their four-year hiatus from the Premier League. The Clarets didn’t overstay their welcome in the Premier League and were relegated immediately during their first season back. Burnley finished in 19th position but chairman Mike Garlick stuck by his man and instead of sacking him gave him the tools he needed to take Burnley back to England’s top flight. The following season Burnley destroyed the Championship by finishing first with 93 points and returned instantly to the Premier League.
It was an as impressive response as you are likely to see and a great advert for trigger-happy chairmen around the world. Dyche was able to keep Burnley up during the 2016-2017 season with a 16th-place finish and once again Garlick’s loyalty was justified. Since then, Burnley’s trajectory has skyrocketed as has Dyche’s stock.
The Clarets sit in an incredible 6th place in the table after 14 games and have a few massive scalps to their name this season. Dyche saw his charges turn over Chelsea on the opening day of the season which has been followed by draws away at Tottenham and Liverpool. Burnley are in uncharted waters and have it all to gain this season as they keep on battling away fearlessly.
It is very much a case of onwards and upwards for Burnley. They find themselves in a position that is enough to make their legions of fans light-headed. Mike Garlick’s faith in Dyche is a blueprint of how to go about achieving success, and it looks like Dyche is ready to reward the loyalty shown to him by standing by Burnley as he continues to build a legacy at the Lancashire club.