DY­CHE IS MY PICK FOR BEST MAN­AGER AWARD

The Football League Paper - - NEIL WARNOCK -

I CAST my vote for the LMA man­ager of the year this week. No.3 was Tony Pulis. No.2 was Brendan Rodgers. And my No.1 – with­out ques­tion – was Sean Dy­che.

Chances are he won’t win it, but for me no­body’s achieve­ments trump those of the Burn­ley man­ager.

The Clarets started the sea­son with no money and fourth favourites for rel­e­ga­tion. Then they sold Char­lie Austin, last sea­son’s top scorer.

Then, when they’d sur­prised ev­ery­body by go­ing sec­ond, they lost Danny Ings and Sam Vokes, who’d scored 40-odd be­tween them, to in­jury. But they just kept go­ing and on Mon­day got their just re­wards with pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League. The to­geth­er­ness and team spirit that Sean has built at that club is one in a mil­lion. Spare a thought, too, for the Pozzo fam­ily at Wat­ford. As the Hor­nets stum­ble to a mid-ta­ble fin­ish they must be look­ing at Sean and think­ing ‘Why oh why didn’t we give him a shot?’

Sean did a fab­u­lous job there in 2011-12, but when the Poz­zos bought the club they sacked him be­fore their feet had even touched the board­room floor.

Their loss is Burn­ley’s gain and Sean should en­joy ev­ery sec­ond of this suc­cess be­cause it isn’t of­ten that you get to­gether such a great bunch of lads. And once you reach the top flight – sadly – you never quite have that spirit again.

If he thinks the past few months have been stress­ful, then mul­ti­ply that by 20 and you still won’t be close to the prob­lems he’s go­ing to have in the next two months.

What prob­lems? A) Deal­ing with his own board. B) Deal­ing with his own play­ers. C) Deal­ing with the agents of ev­ery other player un­der the sun. And D) Ac­tu­ally try­ing to get people signed.

He’ll go away on hol­i­day but will still be on the phone for three hours a day, just try­ing to get deals done It is a two-month nightmare.

He’ll need pa­tience and help from ev­ery­body within the club – I can’t stress how im­por­tant that is.

For now, though, I’m sure he’ll just be look­ing for­ward to June 17th when the fix­tures come out,

And I can’t wait to cover them in the Pre­mier League next year.

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