Jamie Carragher and Gary Lineker have scathingly criticised Burnley’s decision to sack manager Sean Dyche, with the former branding it a ‘joke’ and suggesting the owners are to blame for the Clarets’ woeful season.
The club have parted company with the 50-year-old – the longest-serving manager in the Premier League – following the disappointing 2-0 defeat to Norwich last weekend.
Dyche, who has been Burnley’s boss since 2012, departs with the club facing a battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League with just eight games of the season remaining.
Jamie Carragher and Gary Lineker have criticised Burnley’s sacking of Sean Dyche (pictured)
The former Liverpool defender took to social media to brand the club’s decision a ‘joke’
Lineker hit out at the treatment of the former manager with eight games of the season left
However, despite the club’s woeful season leaving them in a survival battle, Jamie Carragher branded the dismissal a ‘joke’.
The former Liverpool defender and pundit suggested the club’s owners were to blame for Burnley’s beleaguered situation.
Carragher responded to Burnley’s announcement via the club’s official Twitter account in anger.
‘What a joke,’ he claimed. ‘If you had given him a decent budget you would never have had a worry about getting relegated.’
Former players echoed Carragher’s comments as Chris Sutton claimed the club were ‘idiotic’ for sacking Dyche.
Meanwhile, Peter Crouch said it was a ‘shame’ for the people who ‘did an incredible job for that club’ to be shown the door.
Dyche’s last game in charge at Turf Moor was the 2-0 defeat away to Norwich on Sunday
Former player and pundit Chris Sutton claimed the club were ‘idiotic’ for sacking Dyche
Peter Crouch said it was a ‘shame’ for the people who did an ‘incredible’ job at the club
Gary Lineker also hit out at the decision as he criticised the treatment of Dyche by the club following the manager’s ‘brilliant’ ten-year service.
The television presenter tweeted: ‘Burnley have sacked Sean Dyche with 8 games left of the season. What a brilliant job he did for so many years. Feels like a really s****y thing to do.’
Meanwhile, Michael Owen claimed the timing of the announcement suggested something had happened between Dyche and the owners behind the scenes.
‘Wow! Sean Dyche sacked. Didn’t see that one coming,’ he said.
‘With just eight games to go, it doesn’t seem to make any sense so I can only assume something’s happened behind the scenes…’
Michael Owen claimed the timing of the decision insinuated something had happened behind the scenes
Fans also took to social media to slam the decision as ‘shocking’ and ‘ridiculous’, while one supporter highlighted the poor timing of the announcement.
Burnley confirmed the club were parting ways with the manager on Friday morning just two days before they face West Ham in the Premier League.
The Clarets travel to the London Stadium in search of a crucial three points as they continue to plot their escape from the relegation zone. They currently sit 18th, four points behind Everton.
However, David Moyes’s top-four chasing side present a tough challenge for the now manager-less Burnley off the back of a dominant and triumphant win over Lyon in the Europa League quarter finals.
Fans also took to social media to slam the decision as ‘shocking’ and ‘ridiculous’
Supporters were left ‘devastated’ that Dyche’s ten-year tenure had come to an end
Burnley are four points adrift of safety with eight Premier League games remaining
One fan said they were left shocked at the timing of the announcement, claiming they had already accepted their fate of relegation.
‘Absolutely stunned at the timing, give him till the end of the season,’ they wrote. ‘Relegation accepted and financially were f****d, brilliant.’
Other supporters were left ‘devastated’ by Dyche’s departure, with one even claiming they felt like they had lost a family member.
One fan said they were left shocked, claiming they had already accepted relegation
One supporter was so upset they claimed they felt like they had lost a family member
Burnley chairman Alan Pace admitted it was an ‘incredibly difficult decision’ to sack Dyche but said results had not been good enough.
But as fans took to Twitter to express their upset, some called him out, insisting he and the club had lost the backing of the supporters.
‘I’m honestly gutted, hard to see the plan in this s***storm,’ one wrote.
‘@AlanPaceBFC I’m sure your account will be pulled, but you best get the majority of fans back onside to have a chance in the championship, imo f*****g shocking decision.’
Burnley chairman Alan Pace admitted it was an ‘incredibly difficult decision’ to sack Dyche
But supporters hit back at the chairman, insisting he had lost the backing of the fanbase
One urged Pace to get the fans back on side if they are to have a chance in the Championship
Another added: ‘@BurnleyOfficial @AlanPaceBFC, believe me when I say this, you’ve lost the fans.’
As Dyche heads out the door, the Clarets are four points adrift of safety with eight games of the campaign remaining. They have won only four times in the league all season, drawing eight and losing 14 of their 30 matches.
Dyche led the club to two promotions during his time at Turf Moor, the second coming in 2016, when they bounced straight back from relegation the previous season.