|Full name||Sean Mark Dyche|
|Date of birth||28 June 1971|
|Place of birth||Kettering, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Current club||Burnley (manager)|
|1999||→ Luton Town (loan)||14||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Dyche started his playing career as an apprentice at Nottingham Forest under the management of Brian Clough, but didn't make a senior appearance and joined Chesterfield in 1990. Dyche played the majority of his professional games for Chesterfield. He was part of the side that won promotion in 1995, and captained and scored for Chesterfield in an FA Cup semi-final in 1997. He spent subsequent spells at Bristol City, Luton Town (on loan), Millwall, Watford and finally Northampton Town. He retired in 2007, having achieved promotions with four of the six clubs he had played for.
Dyche returned to Watford as youth team coach in 2007. He was promoted to assistant manager under Malky Mackay in 2009, and succeeded Mackay as manager in 2011, leading the team to mid-table safety before being replaced by Gianfranco Zola in July 2012. In October 2012 he was appointed manager of Burnley F.C.
Sean Dyche was a youth team player at Nottingham Forest in the late 1980s, while Brian Clough was still manager, but he left in early 1990 without making a first team appearance and signed for Chesterfield, where he later became captain and helped them win the Division Three playoffs in 1995 and reach the FA Cup semi-final in 1997. In the FA Cup semi final against Middlesbrough he scored a penalty to put Chesterfield 2–0 up, only for the game to finish 3–3 and Chesterfield to lose the replay 3–0. Dyche had a spell on loan at Luton Town, where he scored once against Gillingham in 14 league appearances. He then left for Bristol City and helped them win promotion to Division One in his first season, but they lasted just one season at this level and Dyche was on the move again, this time to Millwall. He enjoyed further success at Millwall, as they won promotion to Division One in 2001 and came close to a Premier League place the following year, only to lose to eventual promotion winners Birmingham City in the playoffs. He then had a three-year spell at Watford where he was captain in his final season with the club. Dyche subsequently signed for Northampton Town in 2005, and was involved in their 2005–06 promotion from League Two. He fell out of favour after the arrival of Stuart Gray as manager, and was released at the end of the 2006–07 season. He subsequently retired from the game, becoming Under-18s coach at former club Watford.
Dyche rejoined Watford as youth team coach and became assistant manager at Watford on 6 July 2009 after Malky Mackay was appointed manager. On 21 June 2011, Dyche was appointed manager of Watford, following Mackay's decision to join Cardiff City.
On 28 April 2012, Watford finished 11th in the Championship, their highest league finish since the 2007–08 season, and their total of 64 points was more than the club had achieved under Malky Mackay's management. Following a change in club ownership he was dismissed on 2 July 2012, with Gianfranco Zola as his replacement confirmed on 7 July 2012.
On 30 October 2012 Dyche was named as Burnley F.C. manager as successor to Eddie Howe who left the club to rejoin League One side A.F.C. Bournemouth. In Dyches first game in charge of Burnley, goals from Martin Paterson and Charlie Austin were enough to beat recently relegated Wolves 2-0. Dyche was named Championship manager of the month for September 2013 and after 13 games has led the Clarets to their best start in any league in which they have played since their formation, and as a founder member of the football league.
Dyche is married to Jane, and has two children: Max (born 2003) and Alicia (born 2005). He lives in Northamptonshire. Since his playing days at Nottingham Forest, he maintains a friendship with Ian Woan, Tony Loughlan and Stuart Pearce, who were team-mates of his at The City Ground. Dyche plays golf in his spare time.
He is known to fans and the media sometimes as "Stone Cold Sean Dyche", because of his resemblance to wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Ginger Mourinho. He has also been referred to as "the Medieval Knight" due to his hugely true comparison to a middle ages battlefield warrior.
As a player
- Bristol City
- Northampton Town
As a manager
Manager of the month
- As of 7 December 2013.
|Watford||England||22 June 2011||3 July 2012||49||17||17||15||34.69|
|Burnley||England||30 October 2012||Present||57||25||17||15||43.86|
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2007). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2007–08. Mainstream Publishing. p. 121. ISBN 978-1-84596-246-3.
- Tomas, Jason (27 March 1999). "Nationwide League review". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
- Dyche joins Cobblers
- Dyche heads list of departures
- "Malky Mackay's assistant Sean Dyche gets the nod as new Watford manager". Mail Online. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
- "Official:Sean Dyche is Watford's new manager". Watford Football Club. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2011.
- "Watford confirm Sean Dyche's departure as manager". BBC Sport. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
- "Dyche Joins England U21s)". Watford Observer. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012.