Willie Irvine column: Hornets must now feel stung by Sean
AFTER Gianfranco Zola resigned this week, Watford must surely be regretting letting Sean Dyche go now.
Sean did a good job at Watford and I think he had taken them to their highest position in the Championship table for four years when they decided to get rid of him.
Who knows where they could be now if they had kept him?
I know Watford are owned by Italians and I think they wanted to bring in a fellow Italian when they went for Zola, but he wasn’t really proven as a manager and they’re mid-table this season.
I think there’s no chance that Sean would want to go back there now.
He seems very happy here at Burnley and the board have supported him up to a point.
I know he has said he won’t be asking for lots of money to spend in January because he doesn’t want to put the club at risk and that is sensible.
We’re only getting 12,000 fans through the door, which is not enough to stop the club losing money, and Sean understands the situation.
But the job he has done on a shoestring has been brilliant.
I wasn’t sure about him when he first arrived, but he has done a fantastic job.
You see him on the touchline when he substitutes players and he always speaks to them and makes them still feel part of it.
He is very much like Harry Potts in that way, and Harry obviously led the team to the First Division title.
He has made the players believe not only in themselves but also in the club.
There have been times in the past when I’ve watched Burnley and they haven’t believed, and I don’t think the club has meant enough to them. That was frustrating to watch.
Saturday’s draw at Leicester does give me even more belief that we can stay up there in promotion contention.
In the first half Leicester had a lot of chances and we could have been 3-0 or 4-0 down.
But thankfully it was only 1-0 and the manager was able to reorganise.
Then a few minutes into the second half Danny Ings – who else? – came up with the equalising goal.
People said Sam Vokes should have scored after that, but Kasper Schmeichel is a very good goalkeeper and he did what he is there to do.
It was a save reminiscent of the ones his father made at Manchester United Sam was excellent in the game and his work at both ends of the pitch must make him a contender for our player of the season at this stage.
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