Frank Lampard has said Everton cannot expect to benefit from Sean Dyche’s shock sacking because Burnley are adept at fighting for Premier League survival.
Burnley’s decision on Friday to remove their long-serving manager has been portrayed in some quarters as a boost to Everton’s chances of avoiding relegation, given Dyche’s experience and the timing of his removal. Everton, who host Leicester on Wednesday, are three points above their relegation rivals with a game in hand and Lampard insists only his team, not events at Turf Moor, can determine the club’s top-flight status.
“Firstly, Sean Dyche has been an incredible manager of the club with what he’s done in the time he was there; I think that has been the universal reaction to it,” the Everton manager said. “But the club have decided to make a change and Sean Dyche I’m sure deserves maybe a bit of a rest and will then get himself a fantastic job because of the level of manager he has shown himself to be. I wish Sean all the best.
“In terms of what it means for Burnley going forward, nobody knows. You can go through history and see there have been good reactions to change and not so good reactions to changes. It doesn’t affect Everton.
“I saw a quote this week saying we’ve been let off the hook because this happened. I don’t see how. It doesn’t change anything. Burnley are a good team and Burnley are used to fighting to stay in the Premier League. That fact will remain the same.”