By Sean Fisher

28th Oct, 2022 | 5:10pm

Sean Dyche breaks silence on Leeds United rumours, says if he'll make Elland Road appearance

Sean Dyche has been linked with the Leeds United job amid the pressure on Jesse Marsch, and he’s finally broken his silence and addressed the rumours.

After a streak of eight games without a win, it’s obvious why the rumour mill is throwing out managerial candidates to replace Marsch at Leeds United.

The Daily Mail report that Leeds are “reluctant” to hire Dyche, but he’s certainly among the candidate list. However, the former Burnley manager admits he’s doing his best to stay out of the headlines by staying away from football matches.

Speaking on The Athletic Podcast (Episode 452, 27 October), Dyche said: “There was one game and there were 11 managers there and nine of them were out of work and ever since then I’ve thought that’s not for me.

“Some people tell me I’m naive, but you have to have your own values.

“The reason I bring that up is because when I left Watford I only went to teams near me. But the killer for me now is that the family have moved to Nottingham. I can’t go down to Forest because the cameras zoom in and suppose you’re there for an ulterior motive.

“I couldn’t go to Leicester until recently when they started winning a few games. I couldn’t go to Wolves for the same reason, I couldn’t go to Villa for the same reason and I can’t go to Leeds for the same reason. I don’t do it because I think it looks wrong and that’s not what I consider my values to be.”


Results under Marsch have not been up to scratch at all this season, but Leeds have still put on some great performances under the American manager – with many of them not resulting in points.

After being blessed with years of ‘Bielsa ball’, Leeds fans can appreciate the need for a team to perform well on top of picking up results.

Of course results and points matter infinitely more at the end of the day, but Leeds would be making a grave error if they turned to Dyche in their time of need.

All of Marcelo Bielsa’s hard work would be undone in months. At least Marsch’s appointment signalled that the board wanted to stay consistent with Leeds’ high-energy, high-pressing style.

But Dyche would scrap that and throw it out the window. The former Burnley boss focuses on results, but some of his side’s performances over the years have been utter dross.

Leeds’ biggest strength is often their ability to get Elland Road rocking, but Dyche would find a way to silence Leeds with his style of play.

Even if Marsch is to go, Dyche can carry on keeping himself away from Elland Road.

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