After Burnley’s relegation from the Premier League was confirmed on Saturday afternoon, the eyes of Mike Ashley may have been turned towards manager Sean Dyche.
Labelled the ginger Mourinho by the Burnley faithful, their solitary year in the Premier League has hardly been a bad one. While relegation is ultimately disappointing, their performances have been far from that.
Their rise from the Championship last season was an astounding one as well, and arguably a result of the hard work from manager Dyche. He has proved himself tactically astute, with the victory over Manchester City this year a highlight, while his work in the transfer market has been wise as well.
In fact, considering the money they’ve spent, Burnley have done extremely well. Unlike the other sides that came up, they decided to spend frugally with former Hull City man George Boyd their star signing. And he’s proved to be a shrewd one at that.
In particular, forward Danny Ings has demonstrated his quality in the Premier League and looks certain to be moving on to a bigger club in the summer. Dyche has helped his game to reach another level during their short stint in the Premier League.
All of this should be of interest to Mike Ashley and Newcastle. They’ll need a new manager in the summer because John Carver is unlikely to remain in charge full time, and while there certainly seems to be a taste for a foreign name, they could do a lot worse than Dyche.
While Carver and Pardew before him have proven fiery and unpredictable, Dyche is calmer. Throughout this season he has refused to become overexcited, always just taking it one game at a time. That is the type of stability that Newcastle need.
He has also proven adept at inspiring his players, and if there is a group of players that need inspiring, it’s the Newcastle squad. In fact, the fan base could do with a similar kind of inspiration. As their banners have said, they just want a side that tries, and few have tried harder than Dyche’s Burnley this season.
The previously mentioned development of players would also be of interest to the Magpies. If funds are restricted, there is talent to be brought on at Newcastle, with the likes of Ayoze Perez and Rolando Aarons in particular looking like bright prospects.
All of this of course, would depend on Dyche’s desire to leave Turf Moor and that seems uncertain. He’s helped develop the club and is likely to want to help return them to the Premier League. However, the chance to manager a bigger club could prove alluring. It is certainly an offer Mike Ashley should be considering.