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Would Sean Dyche be right to make Crystal Palace move?

Friday 9th June 2017
As Burnley returned to the Premier League for a third spell in the recently finished campaign Sean Dyche sought to avoid relegation once again from the top flight. Something he, of course, achieved after a strong season at Turf Moor.
The previous two campaigns in the Premier League for Burnley had ultimately proved too much for them with relegation in both the 2009/10 and 2014/15 seasons respectively. However, the club and their manager of nearly 5 years, were out to prove that third time was indeed a charm and through a typical gritty style and perhaps more streetwise approach the Clarets maintained their top-flight status with a 16th place finished, 6 points above relegation.

Dyche seems to have put together a squad that are capable within the cruel world of the Premier League. The manager can certainly be proud of his achievement with the club. It would appear however that a managerial vacancy in the Premier League has caught Dyche's eye and his interest has in-turn been reciprocated by the club in question.

Crystal Palace are still on the search for a new boss after the resignation of Sam Allardyce last month and have appeared in no rush to find a successor, with the task being thought on thoroughly as opposed to a quick fix.

It is now being reported that Dyche is one of the leading candidates for the role and the odds on him taking over at Selhurst Park have tumbled dramatically, with some bookmakers suspending the betting altogether. This would suggest that both the club and the man himself are keen on the idea of linking up, but is such a move right? For

For Palace, it's almost definitely a yes. The club needs to bring in someone who is known for buying well and bringing a squad together. Allardyce, of course, managed to oversee the second of these requirements in his short spell with the club so they will want to find this again. Dyche is young and proved that he is no run of the mill manager. With the odds against him and his Burnley side this year he proved many critics wrong and made his side dogged and difficult to beat, whilst also adding somewhat of an effectiveness in attack - something that many promoted teams lack. So from a Crystal Palace perspective, they could certainly do a lot worse.

But what about from Dyche's perspective? As mentioned earlier he is a relatively young manager at just 45, although you'd be forgiven for thinking he was older due to his somewhat collected and experienced persona. He has proved that he has the mettle to hack the trials and trepidations the Premier League throws at you during the course of the season - which is more than can be said for a large chunk of bosses who take the reins of top flight clubs.

So is the Palace job right for a hopeful manager such as Dyche? Some would argue it's quite sideways. Are they that much of a step up from Burnley? Whilst the Clarets are admittedly a smaller club than Crystal Palace their current situation is certainly no worse off, if not better. Now if a club such as Everton or West Ham were to offer Dyche the chance to join then it would be a no brainer and his successful tenure at Turf Moor should rightfully end but Palace isn't quite the same. He must be wary that such a move may prove a mistake and that he would be too hasty to venture onward. However, if he does feel he has achieved all he can with Burnley then he may feel the timing is right, regardless of if Palace is the right job for him it could be that Burnley is no longer right for him.

Whether or not Dyche and Burnley part company and the aptly dubbed "Ginger Mourinho" takes charge Selhurst Park in the not too distant future we shall have to wait and see, but any move is certainly a curious one for his career. Almost quite literally a 50/50 coin toss in terms of calling his possibilities of success. No doubt such a move will determine whether he is a Premier League mainstay or Championship boss with fond memories in years to come.
Ryan Stewart

23 years old, Sport Journalism graduate living in Salford. Work in web content in Media city and always looking to break in to sports writing. Manchester United season ticket holder.


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