SEAN Dyche is not a sentimental sort.
He spent eight years with Watford in total – three as a player and captain, returning after retirement to fill roles as youth coach, reserve coach, assistant manager and then manager.
Despite his longevity at Vicarage Road, in almost every guise possible, he does not have any particular fondness towards the club over any other of his previous employers.
“No, it’s no different,” Dyche said. “I always compartmentalise my career into different stages.
“I enjoyed my time, move forward – it’s just the way I am.”
His time at the Watford helm lasted only one season, despite guiding them to their highest finish in four years on a limited budget. Through no fault of his own, he was relieved of his duties following an Italian takeover.
The Pozzo family must wonder what might have been had they not acted in such haste.
But if Dyche was of the mind that things happen for a reason, then he must consider events worked out quite well for him as he returns with his Clarets in pole position for automatic promotion.
“I didn’t want it to not work out right there, it’s just the nature of the job,” said the Burnley boss.
“I’m not being negative but you’ve got to realise that as a manager you have to stay balanced about all of it.
“When I came out of Watford I wasn’t throwing my dummy out.
“It was a business change, that’s all it is and I had to be realistic about it. It’s just part of the job.
“Here last season a number of people were giving me as much stick as they’re praising me now.
“It’s just the reality of the business, it’s just what it is. It’s knowing what it is, understanding it and working within it to the best of your ability.”
Looking back on his Watford experience, he said: “I have fond memories. I had a good time there.
“I was player, captain, youth coach, reserve team/development coach, assistant manager and manager so of course I had a real connection with the club.
“Many always wondered how it would work with me leaving that because I knew it. Even though there were a lot of challenges there when I was manager, many thought that it was just because I knew the club that we managed to get on and change things and adapt and get it to where we got to before coming out of there.
“It’s all part of the development, if you like, as a young manager.
“I’m pleased to say that experience has allowed me to come to Burnley Football Club and build something here.”