FW debate: Should Sean Dyche move to Man Utd?

Last week, legendary football commentator Martin Tyler suggested that Sean Dyche should move to Man Utd. It's something that would certainly raise a few eyebrows in the Premier League, if it came to pass.

Erik ten Hag has been linked with a potential Old Trafford exit in recent weeks, as pressure piles up on the Red Devils manager after a dismal 4-0 drubbing against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the Premier League one week ago, which left them in eighth place in the table and with a negative goal difference.

Unless they win the FA Cup final against their rivals and favourites Manchester City at Wembley Stadium, then Man Utd look likely to miss out on European football altogether for next season. Should Ten Hag leave his post, Tyler has suggested that current Everton manager Dyche should be considered for the managerial vacancy. Speaking on The Joy of Football Podcast, Tyler claimed:

“Sean Dyche should be considered by Man Utd. They need some freshness, they need a different point of view and a different sense of purpose.”

Ten Hag may not be the Man Utd manager next season – Paul Terry / Sportimage – Photo by Icon Sport

Dyche move to Man Utd: Not as strange as it sounds?

Granted, Dyche is not the kind of household name that would usually be considered by Man Utd, given that his managerial CV largely consists of bottom-half Premier League sides trying to avoid relegation down to the Championship. The Red Devils are nowhere near being a relegation-threatened team, but they are in danger of their worst-ever Premier League finish (8th).

Given the new ownership and project going forward at Old Trafford, Dyche could help steady the ship, as he has done with Everton in a difficult situation where they have faced multiple points deductions for breaching the league's Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR). He also helped Burnley stay up multiple times on a shoestring budget, and considering the type of managers that Man Utd have gone for in the past, Tyler's implication that United should think differently holds some weight.

Of course, it may take a while to get the fans onside should Dyche be appointed, as he is known for a defensively-minded style of football, and Red Devils supporters have been used to watching their team playing free-flowing, attacking football in the past. However, he may be the kind of left-field option that Man Utd need, even if it was just for the short-term.


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Adam is a lead writer on Football Whispers. He is a big Arsenal fan, and also follows his local club Wealdstone, made famous by The Wealdstone Raider, of whom he has interviewed. Adam also follows darts, boxing, cricket and tennis, among many other sports.