Despite having two more years on contract, Sean Dyche’s time with Burnley could end abruptly much earlier than 2022.
Sports email revealed last month how the manager was frustrated by the fact that the club did not agree on contract extensions for several senior players this summer.
Dyche has become further disillusioned in recent weeks after being told there will be little money for new acquisitions when the transfer window opens next month.
Sean Dyche is said to have become disillusioned with his bosses in Burnley in recent weeks
Dyche has brought the club into a European position, but everything does not appear well behind the scenes
If he saw his last two years, it would be a decade for Dyche in Turf Moor, but the problems are popping up in public this season and it could be a separation of roads that are on the horizon.
The 49-year-old has built a top-half team that reached the qualifying stages of the Europa League in 2018-19.
Burnley will remain in the European hunt this season after their draw with Sheffield United, so it remains unclear exactly where Dyche could play given his current situation should he choose new pastures. Sports email weighs some of its options.
SEAN DYCHE’S NEXT CLUB ODDS
Norwich – 3/1
Aston Villa – 4/1
Bournemouth – 6/1
Crystal Palace – 6/1
QPR – 9/1
Stoke city – 12/1
Norwich – 3/1
Norwich entered the Premier League with great fanfare and aside from some notable achievements, they go down as many predicted.
Daniel Farke did a fantastic job of getting them into the Premier League, but he just didn’t have the nous or the squad to keep them there.
The no-nonsense Burnley boss would make them much harder to beat, and that alone would give them a fighting chance for greater success.
In Teemu Pukki he would be a capable goalscorer and if both Jamal Lewis and Max Aarons could be kept, they have young threats in large areas.
Convincing Dyche to run away from European football for the second tier next season may be the problem for Norwich.
What the recent disillusionment has shown is that Dyche wants to receive financial support and that it may take certain pledges in Norfolk to prompt it to start an entirely new project on Carrow Road.
Norwich seems destined to return to the championship, but could rebuild under Dyche
Aston Villa – 4/1
If he’s not a youth fan of the club, you can’t help but think Dean Smith would have been knocked at Aston Villa by now.
They spent just £ 145 million after being promoted to the Premier League and, to be honest, it has not effectively translated into points.
Villas are in the relegation zone and face a daunting task of staying on top as the games run out.
Villa is undoubtedly a big club, and Dyche would see the project even if they got down one level.
A larger stadium and greater financial strength compared to Burnley could be attractive when Smith comes to the end of this campaign.
Star man Jack Grealish is likely to be sold, so money is likely to turn things upside down again.
Dean Smith is a Villa fan, but struggles to impress despite large team investments
Bournemouth – 1/6
For a party that has consistently beat their weight, it is all unraveled this season for Bournemouth and Eddie Howe.
A mix of setbacks with injuries and mistakes in the transfer market have overtaken the cherries and it looks like they will join Norwich and Villa in the current situation.
Dyche has enjoyed consistency in his position at Burnley and Bournemouth is another club eager to maintain the status quo under Howe.
Whether Howe, who miraculously led them to the Premier League, will remain open remains to be seen, but in Dyche, executives will see no better candidate if he calls for an early divorce from Burnley.
They have overtaken Bournemouth’s problems with injuries and takeovers this season
Crystal Palace – 6/1
Vacancies for managers usually arise when a club performs below expectations, which is why Norwich, Aston Villa and Bournemouth are the most popular landing spots for Dyche.
But while Crystal Palace is doing well under Roy Hodgson, the 72-year-old won’t go on forever in Selhurst Park, and Dyche is likely to be high on the list of his eventual successors.
Hodgson signed a new deal in March to let him continue until 2021, but otherwise everyone is guessing.
Palace has been credited in the past with an interest in Dyche, but it never got to the point where either party had to cross the T’s and dot the I’s.
But recently Dyche spoke about the Eamonn and the Gaffers podcast and left the door open to worshipers: “I think the honest answer is that we’ve done a lot of work at Burnley.
“It’s how far you can keep the journey going, where it can go. So there is a reality for that. If the chance to get somewhere I thought would really increase my chances as a manager to keep improving myself and testing myself, who knows? ‘
Roy Hodgson is 72 and Crystal Palace will investigate their possible succession plans
QPR – 9/1
Now we come to the outside bets, clubs that may be trying to do a real coup to bring in Dyche hoping he can transform them in a similar way to Burnley.
QPR is stranded in the championship mid-table under Mark Warburton and could make a major power play to bridge the gap between the front runners for 2020-21.
Dyche has a track record of squeezing the potential and talent of low-budget players, improving on those he inherits.
A move to West London would present challenges on and off the pitch, but having spent time with Watford during his playing career, he’s not exactly unfamiliar with the English capital.
Can take a big financial offer to get him over from Turf Moor off Loftus Road, remember.
Mark Warburton is currently in charge of QPR, but Dyche would mean a coup for the club
Stoke City – 12/1
For a long time, Stoke did exactly what Burnley is doing now. They may not have won awards for the most attractive football brand, but they were efficient, winning matches and eventually reaching Europe under Tony Pulis.
Today things have deteriorated badly in the Potteries and the club has long been crying out for a safe pair of hands behind the wheel.
Nathan Jones’s stock at Luton saw him get the job done before falling on his face and current incumbent Michael O’Neill learns just how hard a relegation fight is in the championship.
O’Neill was a big name in his own right and although the club has been relentless not to let the wrong man be in the track for too long, Dyche can prove behind them at this stage.
But stranger things have happened in the football world.
Stoke City has found life difficult since he dropped out of the top flight and was able to turn to Dyche