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Dyche must stay, for now



There`s been a lot of talk about Sean Dyche`s future as Watford manager following yesterday`s defeat to Crystal Palace and to be honest, he`s never been 100% backed since day one, but if there`s ever a time to get behind the team and manager, it`s now.

I am going to make excuses for Dyche and I make no apology for that, people need to get a grip and take proper stock of the situation.

We are 11 games into the season, meaning Dyche is just 11 games into his managerial career. We are still only 20th, 'safe` by two points.

What hasn`t help Dyche is the loss of most the backroom staff to Cardiff, he might not have kept any of them but at the same time it`s given him the chance to appoint his own and this can be a bad thing as manager`s often surround themselves with their own 'yes-men`.

Dyche`s staff have almost all played with him during his career and what he desperately needs is an experienced advisor/number two - someone like Lennie Lawrence who works alongside Dougie Freedman at Cardiff as Andy710 pointed out yesterday.

The sheer number of signings have also helped to disrupt things and with two loan signings post summer transfer window it`s been almost non-stop with comings and goings since Dyche was appointed. Such a volume of additions over a long period isn`t conducive to continuity and these players all take time to fit in.

And that brings us back to continuity - those of us happy with Dyche`s appointment said he would provide that, but to be brutally honest, he hasn`t.
The young players heavily involved last season - Matty Whichelow, Lee Hodson and Adam Thompson have all been sidelined or loaned out. They`re all a year older, and if they`ve managed for the last two seasons then they should be okay now and less in need of protection than ever, yet they have been peripheral figures at best.

Whether or not Dyche has lived up to our hopes, fears and expectations it`s time to back the manager and hope that he does turn things around; 11 games is nothing.

For the record though, I fully expect Dyche to lose his job as he hasn`t delivered so far, and with that in mind I`d like Sean O`Driscoll to replace him should it come down to that.

The former Doncaster manager knows how to get the best out of an average team, with little money and play good football to boot.

Hopefully though Dyche will turn things around.
The Journalist

Writer: Tom Bodell Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 16 2011

Time: 11:17PM

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Dyche is an absolute turkey of a manager and should go now taking his yes men (and Iwelump) with him. I would give him more time if I could see what he was trying to achieve but I'm not sure even he knows. We will lose to Leicester and Hull, then he'll get the sack and we can start being optimistic again.
winners
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17/10/2011 14:52:00

Sack him now... He has no new ideas... He tells us fans we are doing better then we are... As if we cant see he's wrong... We dont make chances... The teams we play only need to make a couple & they seam to score... I'm firmly in the out club.....
watford1881
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17/10/2011 15:49:00

Valid points from both sides.... Watching on Saturday you did have to wonder what the players were trying to achieve. The sacking of Dyche would make the departure of Graham Taylor more likely, which allows Bassini to bring in who he wants, which would be a worry. Clever move really, Bassini isn't no fool. Would rather someone appointed as director of football who Dyche can use for guidance.
ANDY710
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17/10/2011 17:34:00

To appoint a director of football/experienced assistant would be admittance of fault and I doubt anyone at the club would be prepared to do it. If Dyche is to have a chance then he needs someone more experienced asap. Failing that he's in real trouble.
wfc123
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17/10/2011 18:07:00

I would feel much better if we had a manager with experience.. So they could do things without needing to get advice over everything.. If GT goes then we will be in dire trouble..
watford1881
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18/10/2011 08:15:00

It's a two way thing, would an experienced manager want to come to a club with little or no money?
ANDY710
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18/10/2011 16:43:00

 

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