Martin Keown insists Burnley’s decision to sack Sean Dyche has ‘let Everton off the hook’


Martin Keown insists Burnley’s decision to sack Sean Dyche has ‘let Everton off the hook’ as he expects Clarets to be relegated after losing the ‘glue’ holding club together

  • Martin Keown is not impressed by Burnley’s decision to axe manager Sean Dyche
  • The ex-Everton defender insisted that his former club has been ‘let off the hook’
  • Everton are four points clear of third-bottom Burnley in the Premier League table
  • Keown feels the Clarets have betrayed the boss who guided them for ten years 

Martin Keown claims Everton have been ‘let off the hook’ in their Premier League relegation battle after Burnley binned boss Sean Dyche in a surprise sacking on Friday.

The third-bottom Clarets axed the longest-serving manager in the top flight after ten years in a desperate bid to secure their safety following a dismal run of form.

Former Everton defender Keown is not impressed by the decision and says Burnley should have stood by Dyche even if they had been relegated.

Martin Keown disagrees with the decision

Martin Keown does not agree with Burnley’s decision to part company with Sean Dyche (left)

Dyche is hugely popular after guiding Burnley to two promotions and a seventh-placed finish

Dyche is hugely popular after guiding Burnley to two promotions and a seventh-placed finish

Keown told talkSPORT: ‘Obviously they’ve only had four wins all season but you’ve got to look at the games they can win.

‘They’ve got a game against [second-bottom] Watford coming up, they’re four points behind Everton and I know they lost to Norwich [2-0 on April 10], but they beat Everton just a few days before that.

‘What can be changed by changing the manager? You’ve had stability for a number of years, you might as well have seen it through.

‘That would have been the honourable thing to do, to let Sean Dyche stay in the role until the end of the season. ‘

Burnley travel to high-flying West Ham on Sunday but face a kinder run-in than rivals Everton

Burnley travel to high-flying West Ham on Sunday but face a kinder run-in than rivals Everton

Club captain Ben Mee will be part of a caretaker managerial team leading Burnley at West Ham on Sunday after chairman Alan Pace took the ‘incredibly difficult decision’ to ditch Dyche. 

Pace thanked Dyche, who signed a contract until 2025 in September, before explaining that his departure was forced by poor results and a desire to give the squad ‘the best possible chance’ of survival.  

Critic Keown suggested Burnley’s squad will not react well to the much-respected manager’s absence.

Keown warned: ‘You don’t want to lose the group. This group, this team, this club has always been about this manager, in this long period he’s been there, and these players are particularly loyal.

Burnley should have stuck by Dyche and trusted their long-serving manager, reckons Keown

Burnley should have stuck by Dyche and trusted their long-serving manager, reckons Keown

‘There has been a lack of investment over the number of years at the club which was affecting the way he was trying to plan for the future and it has not worked. I think he’s been let down.

‘But I don’t see Burnley staying up now. I think this decision has let Everton off the hook.’

Everton face a tougher run of fixtures including meetings with Liverpool and Chelsea and two games against Leicester in their next four matches.

‘The timing is all wrong,’ Keown said of Burnley’s drastic measure. ‘Have they given up? Dyche has been incredibly loyal.

‘He’s gone down with them, come up with them – would he not be the right person to do that again?’

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