The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

so have to be sen­si­ble – not e bank and kill the club for e. But we have to be com­petd there’ll be meet­ings up now to de­cide where that eak to all of the play­ers here here they stand af­ter the last m in­cred­i­bly proud of them not the most sen­ti­men­tal n the world. e are cer­tain play­ers who I would not only be de­serv­ing ce but also ca­pa­ble of ris­ing al­lenge. there are oth­ers, by the na­ture of the game, who will leave the club. That’s not be­cause I don’t care – I do. I care deeply about the play­ers. But I also un­der­stand it is a pro­fes­sional busi­ness and I’m paid to make de­ci­sions.

“What I’ve got to do is build a team with the same men­tal­ity but in­crease the level of talent, or­gan­i­sa­tion and power.”

For Dy­che, too, there will be new chal­lenges. A re­laxed and jovial pres­ence in in­ter­views, he can barely go five min­utes in a press con­fer­ence with­out un­zip­ping a droll one-liner. Thrust be­fore the world’s press, he knows he may get him­self into trou­ble.

“I do like to have a bit of fun,” he ad­mits. “And a cou­ple of times this year I’ve made what I thought were clearly dry, hu­mor­ous com­ments.


“But then people write it down and it doesn’t come across the way I in­tended. It’s a funny sit­u­a­tion be­cause you want to have a bit of ban­ter but it’s hard to do if you’re wor­ried it might be spun the wrong way.

“The ex­po­sure and me­dia in­ter­est at the top level is in­cred­i­ble now and I know I’ll have to be aware of that.

“But, like the play­ers, I’ve had a taste of it now.The closer we’ve got to pro­mo­tion, the more people have been turn­ing up, the more the spot­light has fo­cused on us.

“We’ve had people want­ing to film train­ing, people re­quest­ing in­ter­views, games on Sky. It’s part and par­cel of the Pre­mier League and we’ve got to em­brace it.”

They’ll also have to be care­ful not to get caught out on the town – not that it should be any prob­lem for Dy­che, who cel­e­brated pro­mo­tion with a bit of DIY.“People keep ask­ing me ‘What have you been do­ing’,” he laughs.

“They seem to think you’re just rolling round the streets with a bot­tle of Cham­pagne.

“Me, I sat on the M6 for three-anda-half hours. I cut some logs.Then I cut my nails, had a shower. Made a few phone calls. I got a bed de­liv­ered for my lit­tle lad, Max. I made that. My hands are still sore. Then on Wed­nes­day night me and my wife had a bit of din­ner. That’s more my style.”

It is a style the Pre­mier League is lucky to have.

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