Joey Barton: Sean Dyche can become Burnley’s Sir Alex

Fleetwood manager Joey Barton believes Sean Dyche can build up his reputation like Sir Alex Ferguson by staying put with Burnley. Dyche has done a credible job to transform the Clarets into a top-half Premier League outfit and Barton feels the former Watford centre-back has the credentials to stay for the long-term.

Speaking to reporters, he said: “He’s a top class British manager, the best that I’ve worked with. He’s outstanding. There’s not a whole plethora of those about at this moment in time. He’s somebody that has worked his way up the levels, he’s added really good core values to his group. I don’t think there are that many top class managers out there. There aren’t 50 or 60 of them, there are probably 10/15 of them. He [Dyche] can become the Sir Alex Ferguson of Burnley. Maybe that’s what he wants. I think it should be embraced for as long as it can.”
Burnley were expected to fight a relegation battle during the course of the Premier League campaign but they managed to surprise most of the neutrals by finishing seventh in the standings. As such, they have witnessed a number of their players earning call-ups to the England national side whilst they also have the opportunity to impress in the qualifying stage of the Europa League next term.

The Lancashire outfit have had a relatively quiet summer transfer window where they have not made any movement to pursue new recruits but there may be movement towards the end with a number of Championship players tipped to join the club. Burnley are said to want to re-sign Jay Rodriguez from West Bromwich Albion this summer alongside teammate Craig Dawson but so far, they have not managed to convince the Baggies to lower their £40m valuation for the duo.

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