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The Laird is dead… 18/06/2011

Posted by Matt Rowson in Thoughts about things.

In the end, his departure was anything but a surprise. As discussed earlier in the summer, there were reasons to believe that Mackay might see this as the right time to go irrespective of other recent developments. The failure to deliver the new pitch, the re-engagement with Saracens and particularly the departure of Julian Winter won’t have encouraged him to hang around but probably weren’t decisive.

In the end the only surprise is perhaps the destination, heralded by a fortnight’s worth of rumour and reports linking him to the job at Cardiff City. The Bluebirds’ failure to gain promotion saw several senior players leave at the end of their contracts, and the suggestion that this would be the point where season after season of putting money into chasing the dream came back to haunt them. Hell, we first thought that six years ago, when City signed Neal Ardley off us having had trouble paying their own players earlier in that campaign.

All of which doesn’t leave our own financial situation looking too rosy if Cardiff’s a better option… but perhaps part of the attraction is that there’s a rebuilding job to do at Cardiff, a clean slate of sorts. No such requirement at Vicarage Road, of which more later.

After a brief defiance of Cardiff’s request to formally approach Mackay, Bassini and Watford relented – perhaps realising that there was more to be lost than gained in obstructing a manager that wanted out. The details of our financial settlement aren’t known, but Bassini has publicly sent him on his way with the club’s best wishes.

And heaven knows, those best wishes have been well earned. Mackay joined the Hornets from West Ham, one of the many recruits from Aidy Boothroyd’s little black book in the late summer of 2005. A key man, a leader, in the promotion side in his first season, Mackay continued to play a role in the Premiership campaign before gradually easing into coaching duties the following season.

On Boothroyd’s dismissal in 2008, Mackay had his first spell at the reins before Brendan Rodgers appointment. A slightly revisionist reflection on that period had Malky as unlucky not to be appointed to the hot seat full-time; I don’t remember him being a strong candidate at the time, the assistant is rarely a leading contender when the main man has been sacked.

Either way, Brendan Rodgers upping sticks to Reading at the end of that campaign meant that Malky didn’t have to wait long for his opportunity. Novice managers don’t tend to get given cushy jobs, it’s true, but few will have had to deal with quite as challenging a first six months of management. The unsettled situation that he inherited was exacerbated by the departure of senior players in the August, three of which in the final week of the transfer window. Some of these will have been planned, the forced sale of the graceless Mike Williamson certainly wasn’t.

That December, Watford’s unstable boardroom situation came to a head; however uncomfortable Jimmy Russo’s antics were from our distance, they would have been far more destabilising inside the club. Through it all, Malky remained utterly professional, presenting a calm demeanour with an attitude in interviews that was simultaneously engaging, pleasant, and utterly guarded and uninformative, in contrast with the styles of his two predecessors.

On the pitch, iffy away form couldn’t disguise the fact that we were vastly exceeding expectations with a new side built around the re-engaged Eustace, newly signed Graham and loans Cleverley and Lansbury playing some occasionally devastating stuff. The season ended with a brush with relegation that was closer than form earlier in the season had suggested, a situation not helped by a build up of postponed fixtures on that pitch.

Last summer saw more departures, significantly Jay Demerit on top of the loan signings. With an even shallower squad to work with, hopes for this campaign weren’t high… and yet Mackay delivered even more vibrant football, making a mockery of our previous problems away from home with eye-catching wins at both the sides destined for automatic promotion, as well as an awesome 6-1 triumph at a Millwall side previously unbeaten at the New Den in ten months.

Still it wasn’t plain sailing, as two loan players made a big enough impact in the first half of the campaign to be retained by their clubs unexpectedly in the January to the detriment of the side. If the results dipped in the second half of the campaign, fourteenth still constitutes well above par. Frankly, when one considers the bloodied noses, the emerging army of youngsters and the scorned expectations I’ve not enjoyed a season as much since we were promoted in 1999.

Most of all, Mackay, a rookie manager, was confident enough to trust those around him and the system that was being built at Watford, in part by the also recently departed head of recruitment John Stephenson. A system so utterly sensible, so demonstrably, extraordinarily successful that one is left praying that the dramatic changes at the club over the last days, weeks, months don’t lead to its abandonment as much as one rues the loss of an excellent manager.

Because none of the multitude of factors that have lead to us sitting here with a new owner and head of recruitment but minus chief executive, manager and centre-forward reflect any inadequacy of that system. This thing ain’t broke and doesn’t need fixing… so the last thing the club needs now is a headstrong manager with a broom.

Such continuity as is available should be clung to without hesitation; Sean Dyche, a strong personality, a leader, with management aspirations, should surely be first, second and third choice for the newly vacant role at the top. No surprise that Mackay is already making noises about taking his assitant with him to Cardiff. To offer Dyche the job, an unspectacular option with no grandstanding or grand gestures, would do a great deal to restore confidence in the club and its new leadership after this most unsettling of weeks.


1. Luke Fairweather - 18/06/2011

“I’ve not enjoyed a season as much since we were promoted in 1999”

Totally agree.

Great piece Matt, Thanks


PS: Sean for me!.

2. meldrew - 18/06/2011

Dyche? That would be an uninspired bland appointment that reeks of cheapness. What Watford desperately need now is a charismatic manager a la Aidy Boothroyd.

Matt Rowson - 18/06/2011

As ever Meldrew, if you’re disagreeing with me I know I’m on the right track…. 🙂

3. Chris Franklin - 18/06/2011

Fully support your comments on Malky, but I’m not so sure about Dyche as his replacement.
I think we should also take a close look at some successful young managers from the lower leagues.
Paul Tidale of Exeter for example.
At Team Bath, he had a great deal of success, earning four promotions.
At Exeter he has worked miracles on a small budget, buying and selling very adeptly. Constantly finding undervalued talent and selling on for big profits while achieving two more promotions.
In naming Tisdale among the League’s top ten managers, SkySports.com wrote in October 2008: “Tisdale is renowned for ensuring his sides play short, tidy football.”

Matt Rowson - 18/06/2011

Tisdale has done well, if not Dyche then someone like him. He doesn’t provide the continuity though. Why change any more of what’s been working very well for two years than you have to?

rousman 2 - 19/06/2011

100% would agree.

PDF - 19/06/2011

I’m in the Tisdale camp aswell and voted “other” on the wml poll because he was surprisingly missing from the list of options.

However, I would be astonished if we go for anyone who costs a compensation fee.

As for any reference to Team Bath and what they achieved, not very relevant. That situation was similar to what happened at Crawley last season.

And anyone with a genuinely held belief that we need a ridiculous self agrandising plum like Boothroyd anywhere near our club again, is as delusional as the Board were when we went through the Vialli fiasco a decade ago.

4. Brian Corlett - 18/06/2011

Our defence last season was a total shambles considering that both manager and assistant were defenders themselves then the appoinment of Dyche surely cannot be considered, can it?

Here in Germany there are plenty of decent young managers that would jump at the chance to bring continental tactics to WFC, which would also tie in nicely with the ethos at Harefield. Personally I’ve no doubt that such an appointment would be progressive even if we hire a relative unknown because at the end of the day their system and method works better than ours and (unlike the Spanish) the German temprement is not much different to our own and most Germans can speak English well.

I’d say pretty much the same of the Dutch but they always seem too financially motivated for my liking.

Needless to say I’d want to see Graham Taylor as his direct superior in all matters off the pitch.

Matt Rowson - 18/06/2011

I can’t comment on coaching standards in Germany… I used to go to the Wildparkstadion to watch KSC, but that was 25 years ago, a bit rusty…

But you’re being wholly unreasonable in your assessment of the defence and consequently Mackay and Dyche. For much of last season we were excellent to watch, “competitive” in almost every game as Mackay was fond of saying. Don’t forget the context, the paucity of senior players, the budget they were working under. 14th is an unfair reflection on what was a very good season; we weren’t favourites for relegation for no reason.

As stated in the piece, if Mackay hadn’t gone nobody would be talking about getting rid. Far from it. With so much disruption already at the club, we need to do all we can to preserve a system that has done us astonishingly well. Shipping too many goals? Perhaps. But with a very young squad playing expansive football that’s going to happen. Both Taylor and Mariappa were in the running for POTS… hardly reflecting a poor defence.

5. sw17 - 18/06/2011

Continuity worked fine for Liverpool after Shankly. All were “uninspired, bland & reeked of cheapness”. That’ll do for me.

Brian Corlett - 18/06/2011

True enough but Liverpool also had the quality on the pitch to help things along …. we’ve just sold ours.

Not that he doesn’t have his merits but you can hardly deny that Dyche as a player was the primitive hard man type and little else so I just fail to see where this can help our young skillfull players progress tactically. Biassed it may be but he coached under Aidy and that’s enough for me to say no thank you.

Matt Rowson - 18/06/2011

No, Dyche was involved with the U18s at Watford under Boothroyd. Mackay appointed him as assistant.

The description of a player that you describe applies equally well to Mackay, albeit he was a better class of brutish centre back. And Mackay WAS a coach under Boothroyd. Can’t believe you’re arguing that Mackay wasn’t a success – if so you should perhaps have made it over from Germany a little more often, you’ve missed some good stuff.

6. SimonL - 18/06/2011

Totally agree that continuity of the existing now proven system is the only way to go, but while it ain’t broke and does not need fixing, it does need re-establishing.

The problem is that the success of this system (for any club) revolves around the relationship between and talents of the CEO (or owner) and manager. Watford have lost two talents who seemed to work well together and now have a rookie owner/CEO without deep pockets behind him. To add a rookie manager to this mix seems risky unless GT is taking a more active role. Instead we need someone with enough successful management experience who can also maintain the system and fit seamlessly into the Watford culture.

Personally I think this unfortunately rules Dyche out and while Tisdale is interesting there is probably one outstanding choice who meets all 3 criteria – Kenny Jackett. It is also interesting that he has not yet signed a new 3 year deal put on the table by Millwall last month.

Matt Rowson - 18/06/2011

Dyche is no less experienced in management than Mackay was; he’s had a couple of years as an assistant, and Malky did well enough. Don’t think lack of experience is in itself prohibitive – Dyche would be a rookie manager, but not a novice to Watford.

I don’t think Jackett is implausible either, mind, especially if GT has a say. Do you know how much is left on his Millwall contract?

SimonL - 18/06/2011

Article in Southwark News claims Kenny has signed a new 3 year deal every year for the last 2 years but has not signed the 3 year deal put on the table last month – which suggests a) there is an issue holding him back, and b) that he has 2 years to go.

7. Paul Caruso - 18/06/2011

I see on the Wobby, amongst much, much inane ridiculousness, Dyche for number one and the return of Steve Harrison as an able number two, is being touted. Steve Harrison shook my hand as a stick-thin mascot once when last in the helm in August 1989, I wrote him a letter afterwards telling him I hadn’t washed my hand, I still haven’t and long to. Such an appointment heralds the prospect of both much-needed continuity and the return of a hygienic right hand…oh this time!

Matt Rowson - 18/06/2011

Would be tremendous if true… for the reasons you state, but also because it would imply that Bassini is listening to GT’s advice

8. Steve Wright - 18/06/2011

I just can’t see Dyche not following Malky, they seem to be a team and sometimes people like to be part of a successful team. He would be an intelligent choice though, for all the continuity based points above.
My main hope/worry is the short odds in the betting of such names as Graham Westley (sp?) and Brian Laws, these would change everything when what we have doesn’t need it. And as for Boothroyd, preserve us from this please.

9. meldrew - 18/06/2011

Steve Harrison as number two? Makes sense seeing as doing a number two into a paper cup from on top of a cupboard is his party piece. Now there’s an image for the front cover of the next Family Day programme.

Matt Rowson - 18/06/2011

Meldrew that incident was twenty years ago. I don’t doubt you’ve done something more disgraceful in the last twenty minutes. Give the guy a break.

10. MartinG - 19/06/2011

Sorry to see Malky go as the football last season was very good to watch much of the time, although I won’t be sorry to see the end of 11 back at corners! Though if Dyche gets the job that might not change of course.
I don’t know who has picked the last couple of managers but I hope they are still there as both Rodgers and Malky had the team playing nice football. Someone in the same mould would be fine, but they’ll have a challenge with our budget and the likelihood more players will leave.

11. sporteconomist - 19/06/2011

Very enjoyable evocation of an old prank from meldrew there.

Nigel Gibbs has done a super job as Number 2 to Brian McDermott at Reading and might be another good option,

12. Brian Corlett - 19/06/2011

Of course Malky was a success ….. a bit of a Houdini considering how his hands were tied and he is well liked amongst press and peers. However IMO the lack of choices only made the job easier for him … I.E. he was a manager who managed – nothing more and the Cardiff job may well find him out.

Personally I want to see another Rodgers type at the helm albeit for a little longer next time. Someone that can tactically forward the development of our excellent youngsters post academy, bring them on as it were and no I don’t think Malky did a good job in this respect …… It’s not going to be easy but the candidates are out there even if we have to look abroad.

13. Andy Bangladesh - 19/06/2011

How about John Ward from Colchester?

14. JohnF - 19/06/2011

I don’t think GT has as much influence as you suggest and I have concerns that Bassini will use his total lack of experience to try and impress the fans by making a spectacular appointment. Dyche would do nicely and would not cost us in terms of compensation. An experienced assistant might be of interest but David Kerslake would also be an interesting assistant. I just hope that Bassini has made Cardiff sign an agreement that they will not raid Watford for backroom staff and players otherwise we are dead.

Matt Rowson - 19/06/2011

I’m not sure about GT’s influence either, I have the same concern as you. My suggestion was that IF Bassini went for Dyche/Harrison it would suggest that GT did have a (welcome) influence

15. Roger68 - 19/06/2011

A very interesting article and a good case for Dyche. What about Eustace as assistant manager/captain? Strong leadership and continuity for a young side that will need it. I do hope Bassini takes advice before he makes this appointment–and listens to it.

16. rousman 2 - 19/06/2011

there is a very good case for Dyche when you here name’s such as Law’s being mentioned I think we have had enough people going through the exit for one summer already.

17. Brian Corlett - 19/06/2011

Two, alright three, further points I’ll make here, the first is that Bassini is fact and it’s about time we show a modicum of support if not trust …. we all know his history reads wrong but the fact he has bounced back enough to aquire the club suggests that he’s not quite the failure that we so readily label him with. My own father was entrepreneurial, he took chances and not all were successes but I’m certain that in Bassini’s shoes he’d have craved as much success as we do ourselves.

The second is Graham Taylor, his name is influence enough and only a fool would ignore his opinion – You know it, I know it and Bassini knows it so if GT decides he needs to be more hands on he’ll get his way. However, he’ll need to see light at the end of the tunnel because even roller coaster rides get boring in the end. Every once in a while I read that he should not have been sacked from the England job and everyone since has been mediocre at best…. I tend to agree

The third is hardly a point but gut feeling and I won’t deny the yellow tinted glasses….. Quite simply it’s the youngsters. We have hardly seen of what’s to come but what we have has all been good and the prices top clubs are now paying for quality kids has sky-rocketed and sooner or later it will be ours they are chasing … and they will in their droves once they find they can no longer compete in European markets. However for this we will need to play football, the hoof will attract no-one and choices here are limited. Whoever comes in will have no lack of talent to work with so let’s be progressive at least and find another rising star to manage … the team will virtually pick itself.

Matt Rowson - 19/06/2011

I wouldn’t argue with any of that Brian; with respect to the first point, we’re entitled to make judgements as things happen (“judge me on my actions” – see the earlier posting, “Glorious Summer?”). Bassini’s history is in itself slightly worrying but it’s the stuff that’s already happened since he’s been here that is cause for concern. Nobody’s taking up entrenched positions yet though… as you say, he needs our support not least because quite simply we can’t afford for him to fail.

18. Simon - 19/06/2011

Re: the manager’s position, I can’t do anything but agree with most of what’s been said previously. You would think that a seemingly ambitious man Dyche would want to take the challenge but the club will have to move quickly or else he’ll be off with MacKay. If Dyche isn’t an option, we should be looking at progressive young managers who have worked on a budget and/or with youth players and play fast attacking football (for my money, incidentally, I’d be a little concerned Nigel Gibbs wouldn’t necessarily fit the final aspect fo that but you never know).

For Bassini, he’d help himself out a huge amount if he’d stop being so defensive/evasive and speak to the fans. A fans forum would go a massive way to improving his reputation provided he can give answers to the fans’ questions. We all (most at least) understand that he’s not coming in to bankroll the club and also appreciate the club’s difficult financial position and that there will be obstacles in meeting certain goals (the last regime had enough difficulties with the pitch and the East Stand so the new one isn’t going to be able to fix it overnight). Until he decides to speak to (“with” might be too much to ask?) us, the vacuum will continue to be filled with rumour and counter-rumour and every perceived error of judgment will be seized upon.

In short – talk to us Mr Bassini – you might just fnd us to be rather more understanding than you apparently think now !

19. Brian Corlett - 19/06/2011

What’s really happened since that’s so alarming …

Muscled to get control and got it without a fight …. Good business or bad manners, eitherway it’s done and we’d better hope it stays done. I suspect he’s going to get lucky once our youngsters start flying off the shelves… Shame he’s not a billionare but at least he’s not American.

Danny went for less that we all hoped – had he reached 30 goals then yes but his hot streak ended well short of that … still too cheap but both club and player can’t build on hope. A million for a frustrating Buckley was appropriate even if he does make it big eventually. We had to sell both make no mistake.

Julian Winter … a real shame but hardly surprising, lest not forget he was Ashcrofts right arm at the start of all this. New owners bring changes enforced or otherwise and we shouldn’t overead the situation.

His first real test in my eyes is the next manager … I expect no big names but at least a prospect for the future (who no doubt will get poached further down the line) that is tactically astute. We won’t pull up trees just yet but with what’s left of the squad I really don’t have any relegation fears. Of course all the business is not done yet so that may change.

Matt Rowson - 19/06/2011

I’m not going to regurgitate the previous article. You don’t mention the pitch, or Saracens. Yes, Winter is a big deal. And I agree that the new manager is a big test..

20. Ben Iroha - 19/06/2011

I can’t help but think that John Hughes is a decent shout, due to his Falkirk links with the new Head of Football Business, he would surely be worthy of an interview, if interested. He is a free agent, worked on tight budgets and was highly rated within Scottish Football. By all accounts he believes in a short passing, possession game. There can’t be too many candidates who have led teams to Europa Cup, albeit in Scotland.
Like the previous three appointments, I would be happier with a candidate ‘on the up’ rather than the familiar managerial roundabout candidates.

21. Stephen Hoffman - 20/06/2011

Whilst I wish all the best and think he did a good job for us, I cant deny my frustation that he chose to ignore the three year contract he had recently signed.I find that distinctly disloyal.

As for manager ,I really think Graham Westley at Stevenage would be a good choice. He has had lots of success with Stevenage and plays attractive free flowing football and also wouldn’t have to uproot his family and would live near.

Matt Rowson - 20/06/2011

Westley… I’ve not seen much of Stevenage, but I thought they were pretty direct? And Westley’s an arrogant so and so. No thanks.

22. jeremy clarkson - 20/06/2011

JC here

I’ve applied and should have a good chance

1. Over 40 years relevant Watford experience
2. Can tell the difference between a Colin Simpson and a Nigel Callaghan
3. Fairly cheap
4. Would mow the pitch (well it would take very long would it?)
5. Approve of Red shorts

23. Andy Bangladesh - 20/06/2011

I don’t see a that getting an experienced manager would be a problem in itself, though in most cases there’d be a risk of ‘new broom’ syndrome or of lack of ambition/ability. Dyche would certainly be in my top 2 or 3, but with John Ward I think we’d have someone at the helm with firm WFC credentials and good experience (incl. of working with GT) – no?

Matt Rowson - 20/06/2011

Sure. And it would imply that Bassini was listening to GT, so good news. Dyche gives the continuity though.

24. Stephen Hoffman - 20/06/2011

Matt, he’s taken up Stevenage up 2 division with little resources. You may find him arrogant, but you cant deny his managerial success. Surely because of this, he has to be in the mix.

Matt Rowson - 20/06/2011

I wouldn’t want him. “Success” isn’t everything. I want to like my club too… Billy Davies is a reasonably successful manager at this level – would you want him? If so I think we just have to recognise fundamental differences in our priorities…

hornetboy84 - 20/06/2011

Shouldn’t we just wait for 2 games into the Premiership season and then get the sacked Warnock from QPR ?

Actually Matt, where would he sit with the “like my club” . Agree with Davies but you gotta respect Warnock…

Matt Rowson - 20/06/2011

I’ve warmed to Warnock with time.

But not that much.

25. Back from Hammerau - 21/06/2011

I don’t want a successful manager.
I want one who accepts the financial realities within which he’ll be working and can get the best out of a smallish squad with many inexperienced players.

Matt Rowson - 21/06/2011

hope you’ll be happy with the latest development then…

Back from Hammerau - 26/06/2011

Happy with the choice and happy that it was done quickly and without fuss.

26. Jeremy Clarkson - 21/06/2011

jc here

seems that they thought Dyche had better credentials, I didnt get the job 😦

27. Simon - 21/06/2011

Having viewed that post before I’d seen the news, Matt, I had a slightly sick feeling at the prospect of a season trying to get behind Brian Laws (phew !).

Common sense has prevailed and, although I still have my misgivings about certain things that have happened and the general silence eminating from the club, credit where credit’s due for the owner on this one.

28. BIg Tony - 21/06/2011

I hope we’re all happy with today’s news Matt. Some won’t be of course but they bloody well should be as it sends out all the right signals on so, so many levels.

It bodes well. Bring it on.

(and should anyone from Cardiff City ever read these pages – that my friends, is how you appoint a manager).

Matt Rowson - 21/06/2011

Too right.

29. Andy Bangladesh - 21/06/2011

Good call, Matt. I’m happy – whether or not John Ward would’ve been better is anyone’s guess, it’s just a big relief to have a sound choice. As it is I’m sitting here with a big smile on my face.

Who for his assistant: Kerslake or Chamberlain, or Burton? Or Roy Keane 😉 (just for the fear factor, I couldn’t see many refs daring to give 50-50 decisions against that pairing)

Matt Rowson - 21/06/2011

Mackay and Dyche was scary enough, surely.

30. Steve Wright - 21/06/2011

See, I told you he would follow Malky to Cardiff. Now who wants tonight’s Lottery numbers?

31. MartinG - 21/06/2011

11 back at corners? I can live with it. Continuity is a big plus. Roll on next season.

32. Johnny Boy - 21/06/2011

Phew – well that all seemed rather painless, pretty much what most people wanted. Still have concerns re Bassini the following;
– Broken promise on the pitch and I know we need the Saracens money etc. but you think something could be done, it is very old.
– The continual referral to the board when issueing statements etc and then what you get is quotes from GT which lack, in my humble opinion, any real passion. This makes me feel uneasy, as if Bassini will blame them if things go wrong. The’watford way’ referred to when appointing Dyche i.e. someone from within, has not always been the way. Young untried managers like Boothroyd and Rodgers were ‘the way’.
Yes, we must become solvent but to quote a friend, we could be the most solvent club in the country as we sink through the leagues.
Enough of all that – lets be positive and hope for a season on a par with last year if not better
C’mon Watford.

33. Sequel - 21/06/2011

Dyche it is then. Were you on the interview panel then, Matt? You were scarily perceptive.

Matt Rowson - 21/06/2011

Don’t think it was that insightful a call Sequel. If the decision was being made sensibly – and if Dyche wanted it – it was the only call.

34. Matt Rowson - 21/06/2011

A desperate plant from a desperate agent, that story

35. Old Git - 22/06/2011

Malky has finished his beer and eaten his pie…but what will happen with Sean Dyche? especially as ‘Dyche’ does not rhyme with anything.

Matt Rowson - 22/06/2011

Someone on WML put up a pastiche of “Sean the sheep”. Ambitious, mind…

Sequel - 23/06/2011

Dyche rhymes with “pies” if you say it in the style of Sean Connery!

36. Stephen Hoffman - 22/06/2011

look yes, I would have billy davies, its all academic now because we’ve got dyche. But would you prefer to have a nice man, who was a poor manager, because that seems to be what your saying. There are probably some players in our team who aren’t particularly nice individuals but there good players. Football isn’t some sort of religion and thus for me morals dont come into it. Alex ferguson is a nasty individual but he’s a bloody good individual, whereas glenn roeder is a perfectly nice man but a terrible manager.

Matt Rowson - 23/06/2011

nothing to do with morals. just want to like our team and our manager without reservation. it’s not a choice as presented of course, and Dyche makes sense on lots of levels. Not being a scumbag is merely one of them.

Ian Grant - 24/06/2011

Stephen, you seem to be distilling the idea that a club might have an ethos that it wants to preserve, one that fans have bought into, down to a simple choice between ‘nice’ and ‘nasty’. Even if Billy Davies were a thoroughly charming chap and a good all-round egg, I see precious little evidence that he’d fit into where we are now: limited budget, outstanding youth development, established squad, and so on. And the suggestion that Sean Dyche is somehow too nice is one that I’d love to see put to him personally….

37. Stephen Hoffman - 22/06/2011

*bloody good manager.

38. Stephen Hoffman - 24/06/2011

One thing I cant imagine is Sean Dyche in a suit!

Ian Grant - 24/06/2011

Funnily enough, I thought the same thing the other day…and then watched him being interviewed in a suit…

39. Stephen Hoffman - 24/06/2011

Also I wasn’t commenting on Dyche being nice personally, just the perception, that a manager has to be necessarily a nice individual. As for Dyche I know he’s a hard nut, I was luckier enough to get tickets about 6/7 years ago to sit in the dugout. From that experience, as Dyche was on the bench as well, I definitely don’t have the impresion he is somehow too nice for management.

40. rousman 2 - 25/06/2011

Woan a good choice as well ex-midfield player one f Brian Clough’s old boy’s. Some of us were right with regard to Sean or have we just got a bit of common sense ?

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