Sean Dyche, an ex-Burley manager, stated that his intention was not for “slag anyone off” when he suggested Frank Lampard’s Everton team did not know how to win a game.
The Clarets seemed to have made a big step towards Premier League safety with their 3-2 victory over the Toffees at Turf Moor. Lampard’s side went into half-time with a 2-1 lead, only for second half goals from Jay Rodriguez and Maxwel Cornet to plunge them into further trouble.
But a 2-0 defeat in Dyche’s next game against Norwich City sealed his fate, as Burnley stunned the Premier League by relieving the experienced boss of his services. The former Chelsea boss Dyche gave an interview about the phone conversation they had after Dyche’s interview.
“And when it (the interview) went out, I said ‘no, I’m not having that’,”Dyche stated that the Second Captain’s podcast. I don’t normally do this but I thought ‘I am going to reach out to Frank, because that’It’s not possible.
“Which I did, I got hold of Frank’s number and said ‘Frank, just to be clear, just watch the interview, if you are ever worried, watch it, look at the tone and the body language. Look how I am representing the truth of a management story, not about you and Everton.
“’It was a truth of my story which is: I’ve been down that road when I’m looking at my team going, I’m not sure they know how to get this over the line. That night I felt Everton was a little like that.
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“So I said to the players at half-time, I said, ‘look, I’m not sure, I didn’t slag anyone off, I didn’t undermine anyone, I just said I’m not sure these know, blab la bla’. I didn’t tell the world about that, I just kept it between me and him, and he graciously said, ‘I spoke to Sean’ and all is fine.”
The Clarets are still in 17 after a strong managerial turnaround under Mike Jackson, which saw Burnley record a draw as well as three wins in the four subsequent matches.ThPosition in which they are perilously at the level of 18 on pointsThLeeds United was placed. Meanwhile, Lampard’s side have dragged themselves above those dreaded dotted lines with fantastic victories against Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester City.
While the Merseysiders do have a game in hand over Leeds, they are only two points clear of the drop zone with a marginally worse goal difference than Dyche’s former side. Burnley and Everton could be assured a place in the Premier League, if they beat Tottenham and Brentford and Leeds lose to Brighton and Hove Albion.