Burnley boss Sean Dyche shrugs off England talk after being installed as bookmakers’ favourite to replace Gareth Southgate

He was, somewhat prematurely, installed as certain bookmakers’ favourite to replace Gareth Southgate as England head coach last week.

Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 10:30 pm
Sean Dyche

But Clarets boss Sean Dyche shrugged off the speculation, admitting the prospect is “miles away from his thinking” currently.

After the Three Lions lost 1-0 at Wembley to Denmark in the Nations League last Wednesday night - England’s first defeat in 12 months - Dyche emerged as the 4/1 market leader to replace Southgate, attracting 16% of all bets immediately after the game ended.

There is no suggestion Southgate’s future is in any doubt, having guided England to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia two years ago, as well as last summer’s Nations League semi-finals.

And Dyche had a wry smile when asked about being the punters’ favourite: “I’m not thinking that there’s anything factual in things like that when they go out.

“It people think that - I’m not a gambler myself, but people are probably, I can only imagine, trying to make money rather than worry about these things.

“I’m not overthinking that, Gareth is doing a nice job, going along nicely.

“I’m not too worried about that.”

It is the job that famously eluded one of Dyche’s key mentors - his former Nottingham Forest boss Brian Clough, still regarded as the best manager to never lead England.

And Dyche acknowledges that taking on that post would be a hugely different kettle of fish to being a Premier League boss, in terms of the amount of time you get to work with the players, as well as the level of media exposure, and how that impacts your family.

Asked whether he would fancy the job one day, he added: “Look, it’s a completely different job, I know Gareth a little bit, it’s a completely different way of working, not the game, away from the game, having long periods without games.

“Often I think it’s possibly the timing, getting the opportunity, family/private life has to be in place - total scrutiny on those jobs, I certainly think my kids are too young to be worried about whether their dad is hot or not, as the case may be, they have enough of that in their lives.

“All of that has to be factored in, and then sometimes just career opportunities, getting the opportunities at the right time.

“But they’re all things miles away from my thinking at the moment, that’s for sure.”