In Profile: Sean Dyche

One of the Premier League’s most respected and experienced managers, Sean Dyche was appointed Everton Men’s Senior Team Manager in January 2023.

Known for being a robust and steely defender during his playing days, Dyche started his career within the youth ranks at Nottingham Forest before making the switch to Chesterfield in 1990.   

During seven years with the Derbyshire side, Dyche became somewhat of a club legend. He eventually became captain en route to racking up more than 250 appearances, with arguably his finest moment for the Spireites coming when he scored in the 1997 FA Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough, putting his side 2-0 up in an eventual 3-3 draw.   

Later in the summer of that year, Bristol City signed Dyche and he played a key role in helping the club gain promotion to the Championship during his first season.  

That was a feat also achieved at Millwall in 2001. He and the Lions came close to a Premier League place the following year, but the London club lost to eventual promotion winners Birmingham City in the play-offs.

Dyche also enjoyed spells with Watford and Northampton Town before his retirement in 2007.   

His coaching journey began at Watford that same year where he worked his way up from under-18s coach to eventual senior-team manager, guiding the Hornets to their best league position in four years in his first season in charge.  

Dyche and Watford parted ways in 2012 and, following a brief spell working under Stuart Pearce within England’s Under-21s, Dyche was announced as Burnley's new boss in October 2012.  

It was during what was nearly a decade in charge of the Lancashire club that Dyche truly showcased his abilities as a top-class manager.

His Burnley team were renowned for having a strong work-ethic and team spirit, which was key to winning promotion from the Championship in a record-breaking maiden campaign in 2013/14 and then consistently challenging the Premier League’s elite.   

Dyche’s standout achievement at Turf Moor was undoubtedly securing a top-seven finish – Burnley's highest ever in the Premier League - in 2017/18 and subsequent qualification for the Europa League.