Former Burnley manager Sean Dyche said his intention was not to “slag anyone off” when he suggested Frank Lampard’s Everton team did not know how to win a game.
The Clarets looked to have taken a huge step towards Premier League safety when they overcame the Toffees in an explosive 3-2 victory at Turf Moor. Lampard’s side went into half-time with a 2-1 lead, only for second half goals from Jay Rodriguez and Maxwel Cornet to plunge them into further trouble.
But a 2-0 defeat in Dyche’s next game against Norwich City sealed his fate, as Burnley stunned the Premier League by relieving the experienced boss of his services. And in his first interview since his shock dismissal, Dyche has offered an insight into the phone call he had with the former Chelsea boss after his interview.
“And when it (the interview) went out, I said ‘no, I’m not having that’,” Dyche said to the Second Captain’s podcast. I don’t normally do this but I thought ‘I am going to reach out to Frank, because that’s not on.
“Which I did, I got hold of Frank’s number and said ‘Frank, just to be clear, just watch the interview, if you are ever worried, watch it, look at the tone and the body language. Look how I am representing the truth of a management story, not about you and Everton.
“’It was a truth of my story which is: I’ve been down that road when I’m looking at my team going, I’m not sure they know how to get this over the line. And I felt on that night, Everton were a bit like that.
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“So I said to the players at half-time, I said, ‘look, I’m not sure, I didn’t slag anyone off, I didn’t undermine anyone, I just said I’m not sure these know, blab la bla’. I didn’t tell the world about that, I just kept it between me and him, and he graciously said, ‘I spoke to Sean’ and all is fine.”
After a strong new managerial bounce under caretaker boss Mike Jackson which saw Burnley record a draw and three victories in their proceeding four matches, the Clarets remain in 17th position where they are precariously level on points with 18th placed Leeds United. Meanwhile, Lampard’s side have dragged themselves above those dreaded dotted lines with fantastic victories against Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester City.
While the Merseysiders do have a game in hand over Leeds, they are only two points clear of the drop zone with a marginally worse goal difference than Dyche’s former side. Burnley and Everton will all but secure their place in the Premier League if they respectively beat Tottenham and Brentford, and Leeds lose at home to Brighton and Hove Albion.
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