Sean Dyche poised to sign new contract to stay as Burnley manager


Sean Dyche, Manager of Burnley reacts during the Premier League match between Burnley and Fulham at Turf Moor on February 17, 2021 in Burnley, England.

Sean Dyche is poised to sign a new contract at Burnley this week as four Premier League clubs seek to fill managerial vacancies. 

Dyche is ready to commit his future at Turf Moor in the next 72 hours unless there is an unexpected late approach and the 49-year-old will remain the longest-serving manager in the top flight having been appointed in 2012. 

His new deal is a coup for Clarets owner Alan Pace who bought the club last season and will include an increased buy-out clause to ward off suitors.

With Dyche effectively about to be taken off the market, Nuno Espirito Santo has emerged as the key figure as to who will be appointed elsewhere. 

Everton are holding discussions this weekend about who to replace Carlo Ancelotti with Nuno having supporters within the Goodison Park boardroom, though former owner Bill Kenwright would prefer a British manager with strong roots to the club like David Moyes or Duncan Ferguson. 

Crystal Palace have also been impressed with Nuno and will seek a decision from the Portuguese manager soon with Eddie Howe, Steve Cooper and Frank Lampard all getting backing. 

Tottenham are the most relaxed club at the moment despite halting negotiations with Antonio Conte believing they have wrapped a deal with their next manager. Belgian boss Roberto Martinez, who wants to take a job in the Premier League after the Euros, is among the favourites with Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag. 

Spurs and Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld complimented Martinez.

“I can only say great things about him. The worst scenario would be that he doesn’t go to Tottenham or be at the national team. I just want him to be one of the two,' said the 32-year-old centre-half. 

“I don’t know what the situation is. We have one goal right now, to win the Euros. Apart from that everything is on hold in terms of transfers, coaches. I don’t have any influence on that anyway so I am glad he is here.”

Wolves are expected to confirm the appointment of former Benfica coach Bruno Lage this week after he was granted a work permit by The FA. 

Moyes continues to be in talks about signing a new contract with West Ham and will keep on former assistant Alan Irvine as a part-time consultant if he stays. 

Irvine left his full-time job at the London Stadium at the end of the season because he wanted to return to the north-west but Moyes has persuaded The Hammers hierarchy that he can still play a role studying West Ham’s opponents through video analysis and live games. 

Irvine, 62, will only take on the new position based at home should Moyes reach agreement to stay at West Ham.

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