Sean Dyche is continuing to do things his own way at Burnley
“I think you get judged against the game now. What are you doing against the norms of the game? I’m not really bothered. Why should football teams only play one way? They simply won’t because not everyone can do the same thing.” – Sean Dyche
The Burnley boss has long faced criticism of his team’s style of play. For a while, he railed against it. Now, he appears to have accepted it. But as his comment about ‘the norms of the game’ suggests – it is misleading to claim that not everyone can do the same thing. There is a growing feeling in the Premier League that almost everyone else is doing just that.
It was the subject of a recent discussion on Monday Night Football about the trend for teams to take their goal-kicks short rather than knock the ball long as was once customary. “Any manager now, whether they believe in playing like this or not, I think they’ll feel forced,” said Gary Neville. “If you don’t play out from the back you’ll be labelled a dinosaur.”