Former Burnley star Paul Weller gives verdict on potential Dyche replacements

Burnley sacked Sean Dyche last week as a 10 year partnership came to an end – now, with under-23’s manager Mike Jackson in charge of the main team as interim boss, the club are looking for a new man in charge.

Former Burnley player Paul Weller said: “I do believe we should bring an interim or a permanent manager in, a fresh face seeing it from a different look, fresh ideas, I think they need to do it before the game on Thursday because the game on Thursday and the game on Sunday is a good opportunity to pick six points up.”

The midfielder, who made 252 appearances for The Clarets over 11 years at Turf Moor, believes it was the right decision to sack Sean Dyche.

“You’ve got to look at the last 12 months, it’s not been good enough,” he said.

“You can blame various factors but ultimately when you only win four out of 30 games there’s going to be questions being asked.”

There are several candidates to replace Dyche, and Weller has given his verdict on each of the favourites for the job.

  1. Chris Wilder

The front runner for the job, Wilder currently manages Middlesbrough, he had a great five-year stint with Sheffield United including a promotion from the Championship to the Premier League, followed by a ninth place finish in the 2019/20 season. Sheffield were relegated back to the Championship in 2021 and Wilder was sacked.

Wilder is tipped at 8/11 for the job.

Weller’s view: “I do think he’d fit the role very well. He’s got a good pedigree, he’s a fighter. I think that would be a very good appointment, but whether he’ll leave his current job we’ll have to wait and see.”

2. Sam Allardyce

Allardyce is known as a survival specialist, he defied the odds by keeping up Sunderland and Crystal Palace in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons but he couldn’t save West Brom last year. He is currently out of management.

Allardyce is tipped at 7/2 for the role.

Weller’s view: “I know he’s not what Burnley fans want but ultimately just for seven games he could give everyone a lift, his style of play is very similar to what Burnley are used to so it won’t be a massive culture shock for the players.

“Seven games, 21 points, a fresh manager different formations, and maybe bring a player or two out from the cold that hasn’t been getting game time under Sean.”

3. Wayne Rooney

The former Manchester United and England striker has just been relegated with Derby from the Championship in what was almost a great triumph despite a 21 point deduction with the club threatened with liquidation and only having 21 players in the squad.

Rooney is tipped at 7/1 for the role.

Weller’s view: “I don’t think he’s done anything yet in his managerial career. He’s been relegated in a very difficult season, I don’t think he’s ready for this challenge, I think we need someone with more experience.”

4. Michael Duff

A former Burnley player who managed the reserve team for two years while Sean Dyche was in charge at the club. Currently at Cheltenham Town after guiding the side to promotion to League One last season.

Duff is tipped at 12/1.

Weller’s view: “He’s been down in the lower leagues with a tighter budget, he’s got a promotion on his CV, he knows the football club very well, so I wouldn’t count Michael out at all. I think he’ll be one of the top contenders.”

Speaking on the next two games, at home to Southampton and Wolves, Weller said: “I think they’re both winnable, I think we can win them, it’s at Turf Moor which is the most important thing, it only takes one player to do something magical and lift the crowd, we saw it against Everton where the fans support was massive.”