Burnley v Arsenal – View from the enemy – Is Dyche the Northern Wenger?

This week’s View From The Enemy comes from the Lancashire Telegraph, who are very impressed with the work done by the Claret’s manager Sean Dyche and sees some similarities to the work done by a younger Arsene Wenger when he first arrived at Arsenal.

Dyche himself obviously admires Le Prof greatly and you can see that he would love to emulate the Frenchman’s success but he doubts very much that anyone in the future will have a similar career. Anyway here is their preview…..

LATER this month Sean Dyche will celebrate his fourth anniversary in charge of Burnley and he recently entered the top 10 for the longest serving managers in the Football League.

But he has some way to go to get close to the longevity displayed by the man in the opposite dugout at Turf Moor tomorrow.

Arsene Wenger entered Highbury on his first day as Arsenal manager 20 years ago today, and 1,129 games he is still going strong in charge of the Gunners.

Dyche is full of admiration for the Frenchman and he believes he will be the last of the great survivors, with the thirst for immediate success set to put an end to the types of reign enjoyed by Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson.

Asked if we’d see the likes of Wenger’s two decades in charge again, the Burnley boss said: “I doubt it.

“I think the reality of football we all demand change and want it yesterday now. We all want it quicker and cheaper.”

Dyche will mark four years in charge at Turf Moor on October 30, and like Wenger he has had a significant impact on his club off the pitch as well on it.

While Wenger has overseen a substantial change in Arsenal’s philosophy and played a major role in their move from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium, Dyche has also had a hand in how Burnley have built the foundations for future success of the pitch, with the £10.6million Gawthorpe training ground redevelopment progressing well and other improvements made to the infrastructure of the club, often at Dyche’s behest, paid for by the Premier League cash he has played such a huge role in securing.

“I’ve had one of the rare cases where the club and myself have been aligned with what the club is, what it needs and how to move forward, we’ve had solidarity within that,” he said.

“In the last Premier League campaign people could have said ‘well you need to change the manager’. But they said ‘no, we understand the market we’re in’. There’s still a bit of reality here.

“I don’t think it will last forever. We have a solid board and solid fans and they believe in me and the team, but it still gets questioned and stretched at some point.

“We’re probably above the line of where the club thought it was going to be when I took over.”

While Dyche might still get questioned at times, Wenger isn’t immune from criticism either, and he has taken a lot in recent years, but Dyche has no doubt about the Arsenal manager’s standing in the game.

“Arsene’s had massive foresight in what the club could be,” he said.

“The business model’s amazing and continues to be. His moral standing on things like transfers and wages seems to be as strong as it’s ever been. They do spend big money, but not the type that others spend.

“And the development side. There was a time when he was questioned on a full foreign XI. He’s moulded it back towards a lot of young English players, but he never comes out and tells the world about it, he’s morphed it into his beliefs.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for him. He’ll be looked upon in the future as an absolute legend of the game, on and off the pitch, for what he’s done for the club.”

You have to admire the respect that Dyche has for Wenger, but we all know that that will be set aside this afternoon as both managers aim to take all three points. Burnley and Dyche are an improving partnership, but they both have a long way to go to come anywhere close to Arsenal and our legendary boss…



  1. Alexis the Great says:

    Dyche is definitely doing a good job, but if we are serious about being real title contenders then this is the sort of game we must win

    1. Godswill says:

      I like the man but I like Arsenal more.
      Sorry, we’ll spoil the day for you.
      Am so sorry, Just take manage and swallow 4 – 0.
      I wish you good results in other matches.

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