We won't see Wenger's like again - Dyche

Sean Dyche doubts we will see the likes of Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson's achievement ever again in football.

Saturday, 1st October 2016, 11:16 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 2:45 pm
Arsene Wenger

While Ferguson left Manchester United after a glorious 27-year reign in 2013, Wenger this week celebrates 20 years at the helm at Arsenal, who come to Turf Moor tomorrow.

Dyche has just reached number 10 in the longest-serving managers list, with his fourth anniversary at Burnley at the end of this month.

And, asked whether we will see Wenger's like again, he said: “I doubt it.

“I’m approaching four years. If that’s top 10 I’ve got another 16 years to get to Arsene.

“I think the reality of football, we all demand change and want it yesterday now. We all want it quicker and cheaper.

“What I found interesting now is they go out and say we want a new manager, but then the one they’ve got ticks all the boxes for what they want. But they want a new version of that.

“As a manager, of course we all understand fan mentality and the thirst and desire to win. From a manager’s point of view you have to scratch your head to wonder why he’s questioned at times."

Whereas Wenger oversaw Arsenal's move to the Emirates Stadium from Highbury, and his budget was tapered in for a period, compared to rivals domestically and in Europe, Dyche has also helped improve the infrastructure at Burnley, rather than put that money on the pitch, with work to improve Gawthorpe financed by the last season in the Premier League.

And Dyche said: “I’ve had one of the rare cases where the club and myself have been aligned with what the club is, what it needs and how to move forward, we’ve had solidarity within that.

“In the last Premier League campaign, people could have said ‘well you need to change the manager’. But they said ‘no, we understand the market we’re in’. There’s still a bit of reality here.

“I don’t think it will last forever. We have a solid board and solid fans and they believe in me and the team, but it still gets questioned and stretched at some point.

“We’re probably above the line of where the club thought it was going to be when it took over.

“Arsene’s had massive foresight in what the club could be, along with success.

“The business model’s amazing and continues to be. His moral standing on things like transfers and wages seems to be as strong as it’s ever been. They do spend big money, but not the type that other spend.

“And the development side of the club. There was a time when he was questioned on a full foreign XI. He’s moulded it back towards a lot of young English players, but he never comes out and tells the world about it, he’s morphed it into his beliefs.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for him. Him, Sir Alex. They’ll be looked upon in the future as absolute legends of the game, on and off the pitch, for what he’s done for the club. And all the people who have played a part in that."