Sean Dyche would love the opportunity to manage Newcastle United, according to the Chronicle journalist Mark Douglas.
The Burnley manager has been linked with the vacant job on Tyneside on the aftermath of the news that Rafa Benitez will not be renewing his current deal at St. James’ Park, but the Magpies could have to pay the Clarets around £10 million in compensation, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Nonetheless, Douglas believes that the 48-year-old would be keen to make the move.
Speaking on the Everything is Black and White podcast, he said: “Sean Dyche would love it. I think he would love to come here.
“I think the difference would be that Newcastle wouldn’t pay the compensation because it’s very expensive.
“But he would love to come, and he would be competent. They could stabilise a little bit.”
To be fair, Douglas could have a point on this one. Dyche clearly adores Burnley as a club, and the two go together like cheese and pickle or Robson and Jerome, but the fact is that he has probably taken the Clarets as far as he reasonably can, and if he has any kind of personal ambition then he must surely look to a club with a greater potential. Obviously, Burnley have performed very well in the Premier League under Dyche, and their run to the Europa League a couple of years ago was inspired, but they very nearly paid the price last term, and but for a midseason revival, they could write easily have succumbed to relegation. Clearly, Newcastle aren’t in a much healthier position, but they are a sleeping giant, and with the right management and a bit of backing, Dyche could get them purring. It would be a gamble on his part, but it would be one he’d have to jump at.