51-year-old manager says he never had a chance of getting Chelsea job

‘I don't think so': 51-year-old manager thinks he never actually had a chance of getting the Chelsea job

Former Burnley manager Sean Dyche has claimed on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football that he didn’t have a chance like Graham Potter to become Chelsea manager.

The Blues went against their normal method of hiring the biggest name available when it was time for Todd Boehly to make his first managerial appointment at the club.

Instead, he went for the Brighton manager, making him only the second English manager of Chelsea since 1993.

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The move will perhaps give managers of clubs a bit further down the table hope and belief that their work is being recognised. It has been claimed that Boehly made himself very aware of Potter’s work.

However, Dyche believes the club he managed may have held him back from the potential offer.

When asked if he would have expected the job if his Burnley side sat 7th, he said:

Dyche didn’t think he had Chelsea chance

“I don’t think so, not at that time. I think sometimes there is a different feel to how you operate and your tonality and rhetoric.

“Burnley isn’t a trendy club anyway, we brought it to life, but it’s not like Brighton. I think he’s done well there and I do like him a lot and respect him.

“The perspective side of football is so powerful now, but you can’t change it overnight you can only change it by the work that you do.”

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Dyche has yet to return to management since his sacking last season, as Burnley tried the last resort to remain in the Premier League.

They failed in this talk, although are now rebuilding near the top of the Championship under Vincent Kompany.

It can certainly be claimed that Potter had done enough at Brighton to earn an opportunity at a club like Chelsea. The style of football he had been playing at Brighton as appose to Burnley certainly didn’t do him any harm either.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released