Burnley turns to Chris Wilder when Sean Dyche decides to leave Turf Moor – with Clarets worried they will lose their manager this summer if Crystal Palace and Newcastle move in the direction of the boss.
- Chris Wilder is a contender to replace Sean Dyche at Burnley this summer
- The Clarets are concerned about Dyche’s loss to a Premier League rival
- Wilder is expected to be one of the most popular properties of the closing season
- Burnley hopes Dyche will stay, but his excellent work is drawing a lot of attention
Chris Wilder is a contender to replace Sean Dyche at Burnley, and the Clarets are worried about losing their manager to a Premier League rival this summer.
Former Sheffield United boss Wilder, 53, is expected to become one of the hottest properties of the close season, with a host of clubs in England’s top two divisions taking an interest.
Burnley hopes Dyche will stay, but his excellent work establishing them as a Premier League club has generated a lot of interest, including from Crystal Palace.
Chris Wilder is a contender to replace Sean Dyche should he leave Burnley this summer
It remains uncertain whether Palace manager Roy Hodgson will remain outside his contract, which will run until the end of the season.
Both Dyche and Wilder have admirers in Selhurst Park, as do Eddie Howe and Frank Lampard.
Sources claim that although Palace will not make a final decision on Hodgson until the last weeks of the campaign, the process of finding a replacement has begun – although paying Burnley £ 3.5 million in compensation could be a stumbling block to be.
Palace has been linked with Dyche as Roy Hodgson’s future at the club remains uncertain
Dyche has also been linked with Newcastle, where manager Steve Bruce is under increasing pressure.
But even if he stays at Turf Moor, it looks like Wilder will have plenty of options in the summer.
West Brom could appear as potential suitors – and Sportsmail understands he has admirers in Bournemouth who will say goodbye to Jonathan Woodgate if he fails to advance to the top flight.