LONDON: Everton have finally confirmed the appointment of former Burnley boss Sean Dyche as their new manager to replace Frank Lampard.
Lampard was sacked last Monday after a run of nine defeats in 12 Premier League matches and Dyche has taken over after signing a two-and-a-half-year contract at Goodison Park.
Former Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa was in the running to become Everton’s eighth permanent manager in just under seven years but, following extended negotiations, it became apparent the Argentinian’s proposals did not match those of the club’s.
While manager of Burnley, Sean Dyche managed to get the Clarets consistently punching above their weight, starting with promotion to the top flight, and then consolidating impressively.
In six Premier League seasons, they finished in the top-half twice, with a Europa League appearance secured in 2018 thanks to the club’s highest league finish since 1974.
That was all while being unable to compete with the majority of the league financially.
Dyche spent 10 years at Burnley, and the signings of Chris Wood and Ben Gibson for 15-million-pound fees remain the club’s record transfers. For context, that’s lower than all 20 of the Premier League’s current clubs.
Even though they were often a name mentioned early in any relegation talk, Dyche’s Burnley always boasted a defence that was at least mid-table according to the underlying numbers.
In their six seasons after promotion, they sat in the bottom-five for expected goals against (xGA) just once. That’s good news for an Everton side currently posting the second-worst defensive process in the division.
He should see that level improve, but should the worst happen, and the Toffees do get relegated, they can hold confidence from Burnley’s last spell in the second tier under Dyche, in which they bounced back up with the Sky Bet Championship trophy in their hands.