Sean Dyche

Dyche, a holder of the UEFA Pro License, entered football management for the first time following his appointment with Watford in June 2011.

Sean began his coaching career with Watford, having served as a youth team coach before he became assistant manager to Malky Mackay. He also spent three seasons with the Hornets towards the end of his playing career and was club captain.

When Mackay became manager of Cardiff City in June 2011 Dyche took over at Vicarage Road.  He went on to enjoy a successful first season in charge as Watford finished 11th in the Championship, their highest league finish since 2007/08. He was also shortlisted for the Championship Manager of the Year. Despite this success, Watford parted company with Sean in July 2012 after new owners took charge of the club.

Dyche was soon back, appointed by Burnley in October 2012. In his first season at Turf Moor, he once again led his new side to a 11th place finish in the Championship. In 2013/14 in what was his first full season in charge, Dyche secured automatic promotion to the top flight for Burnley the first time since 1973. What was even more remarkable about his achievement was that since being appointed in October 2012 Dyche had paid a transfer fee for just one player. Burnley were immediately relegated by bounced straight back as champions.

Despite spending little money by the standards of the division Dyche has subsequently established Burnley in the top flight with their best performances at that level since the 1970s including their first qualification for Europe in 51 years. He has also overseen the construction of a new training ground.

As a player, Dyche spent the majority of his playing career with Chesterfield and captained their promotion winning team in 1995 as well as their famous FA Cup side that reached the semi-finals in 1997. Later, Dyche also achieved promotions with Millwall and Bristol City. He also represented Luton Town and Northampton Town.

Sean is a graduate of the LMA’s Certificate of Applied Management.