Lionel Messi: When New Everton Manager Sean Dyche ‘Signed’ PSG Star for Burnley

Lionel Messi: When New Everton Manager Sean Dyche ‘Signed’ PSG Star for Burnley

  • Sean Dyche's shrewd tactics have always set him apart as one of the most effective football managers
  • After close to a year out, he made his comeback after being appointed as the new Everton boss
  • Dyche once joked about Lionel Messi agreeing to join his Burnley side after leaving Barcelona

Sean Dyche is a man of many talents. He is widely known for his hardball managerial tactics that kept Burnley afloat in the Premier League.

But if you listen to him keenly, he could really pass off as a comedian. His press conferences during his time at Turf Moor were always laced with humour. And now that he is back in the Premier League with Everton, we should definitely expect more content.

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Sean Dyche takes charge of Everton's training session at the Finch Farm on January 30, 2023 Photo by Tony McArdle.
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For starters, Dyche is the guy you want on the job to oversee the construction of a multi-storey building with the budget of a grass-thatched house. The analogy might be far-fetched, but you get the picture of the enormous task he had at Burnley.

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Burnley's tight budget

In a world where Chelsea spent 71 million euros on Kai Havertz and almost a similar amount on a goalkeeper or Manchester United spent 80 million euros on Harry Maguire, Dyche had to make do with no more than 18 million on one player. Wout Weghorst is the club's most expensive player of all time.

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Dyche always lamented about the Clarets' shoestring budget but he still somehow managed to take them to the Europa League and survived relegation for a couple of years; until he was sacked.

Messi to join Burnley

One of his famous quotes on their budget was when he joked that Lionel Messi had agreed to join his side in Lancashire. It was at that time when the world was still reeling from shock over Messi's unexpected departure from Barcelona.

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"Cool, Messi has agreed it. I knew he would come!" Dyche said during a press conference.

When pressed to reveal how they could afford the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner, the 51-year-old dropped another punchline.

"He has agreed to pay the fee himself because of the love he has for this football club and the magnificent football we play."

Dyche's brand of football

Magnificent football? Well, that's up for debate but we will get to that. The idea of Messi threading passes on a cold windy night at Turf Moor for Weghorst and Ashley Barnes is bonkers. Ore getting orders from Ben Mee. The Argentine ended up joining Paris Saint-Germain, one of the less than five clubs that could realistically afford his wages.

Back to Dyche's magnificent football. He has always been called the ginger Jose Mourinho in some quarters. His brand of football is called 'haram football' in the streets. Crosses in and hope for the best. Typical long football. And with Messi's vision and Weghorst's aerial threat, Dyche had a solid plan. A man can dream.

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Why Sean Dyche is the perfect fit for Everton

If you had predicted a few years ago that the combative Sean Dyche would be at a Merseyside dugout as the manager, you would have been labelled delusional.

That is the situation Everton find themselves in with more than half the season gone. They currently lie 19th on the log and are facing prospects of getting relegated.

Reports from BBC suggest Marcelo Bielsa was Everton’s preferred choice, but they ultimately had to do away with that option as they failed to agree on a number of things with the former Leeds tactician. That left a door open for Dyche, who has now taken over. Sports Brief takes a look at why Bielsa walking away from the Everton job could end up becoming a blessing in disguise for Everton.

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