There are no heroes here, Sean

Burnley FC Burnley FC
Kevin Robinson April 19, 2013
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“It’s hero time!” according to Sean Dyche. Kevin Robinson, however, staunchly disagrees.

If any of us were in any doubt over the weighty threat of relegation, the pressing need for concern was confirmed with Tuesday’s defeat at Elland Road. After a couple of false dawns, two successive defeats have thrown us deep into a relegation fight – and with the worst form of the lot it is looking increasingly likely that we might be rekindling our relationship with Deepdale next season.

Sean Dyche says his squad will be heroes if they keep us up. He’s wrong. Laughably wrong.

He’s right, of course, that we do need each and every player to step up to the plate, to play to the best of their abilities and fight to the death to keep us in the Championship – but it doesn’t make up for the last few months.

It may well be that these comments are taken out of context in a similar way to his ‘expectations of the fans’ a while ago, but especially with fans already on his back saying things like this risk rubbing the fans even further up the wrong way. Fans are already hurt and disengaged enough as it is.

Stopping up now is nothing to celebrate. If it goes to the wire and we get the result we need on the last day, the final whistle won’t be met by euphoria, but by a huge, collective sigh of relief.

The squad of players won’t be looked up to with pride, as heroes – they’ll be an embarrassment, a rotten reality that fans will do their upmost to forget as soon as possible.

Amazingly, he also claimed that “It’s the business end of the season and we’re in it, so there’s unfinished business,” he said. Honestly, he did.

Dyche’s comments sound like those of a manager whose team is fighting against all odds to come back from the dead. Instead, after his first game in charge, this team was three points from the top-six. The drop since then has been dismal, dour and unacceptable.

That the manager views survival as such an incredible feat is a stark admission that his performance, and that of his team, has been abysmal. Unfortunately for him, Burnley fans have higher expectations than celebrating not being one of the worst three teams in the league.

Those expectations are not huge – we don’t expect to challenge for the title, or even the top six. What we do expect is honest, passionate performances we can believe in and fight from everybody. We expect the manager to share the grave disappointment when that is not delivered, not build up his failing squad as heroes.

Surviving can be a heroic act – Burnley fans are well aware of that. Arguably one of the proudest moments of our long history, certainly the most famous game, came from our lowest ever finish when beating Orient kept us from dropping out of the Football League in dramatic fashion.

Neil Grewcock, Ian Britton – they’re heroes.

In this season’s Championship, the likes of Peterborough and Barnsley will celebrate their accomplishments with pride if they stop up – and rightly so. They looked down and out for much of the season and only a gigantic effort towards the end might save them. Burnley, on the other hand, are dropping like a brick with little more than, quite frankly, pathetic performances on the pitch.

This tweet from NNN’s tactics specialist Michael Connell summarises the comments perfectly.

His intentions are sound, but to big up this squad as heroes, under any circumstances, is an insult to the fans.

Is staying up an accomplishment worth celebrating? Comment below.

  • Mike Mada

    Good-oh! Let’s keep supportive of the lads eh?

    I’m the first to be disappointed for the team this season, but I think it would be more productive to allow a bit of leniency to Dyche to drive the players right now, don’t you?

    After all, he could hardly say that now’s the time to be ‘weaklings’, could he, which it sounds like you would prefer.

    We definitely want heroes for the next three games if it keeps us up and then you can be withering about the season past and be constructive about the new season opportunities, from a place in the Championship, not a division below.

    Chin up!

  • WinstonsWhite

    Damn you Dyche for trying to get the players up for the match!

    In future please tell them the truth, that they’ve been a complete let down and that the last 3 games will prove nothing!

    • hebden loyal bfcin reply to WinstonsWhite

      Hard times require harsh truths. Dyche and his boys need to grow some as they say – football eunochs in an average division. Time to stop pretending that Orient has any meaning. These boys? A joke.

    • Kevin Robinson
      Kevin Robinsonin reply to WinstonsWhite

      Of course his job is to motivate the players, but he also has to motivate the supporters, and comments like this make that brick wall between him and fans thicker and thicker.

      • WinstonsWhitein reply to Kevin Robinson

        Oh don’t be so melodramatic. Him saying he wants the players up for the game has built this imaginary wall even thicker has it? Get a grip.

  • Vince

    Whatever the rights or wrongs of his ‘heroes’ comment, Dyche is a talentless idiot who is totally out of his depth. The rate of decline under his managership is staggering. Get rid…

  • Mark Deniz

    Regardless of how we end up we have to look to the future and get a manager who shares the desires and ambitions of the fans. Dare I suggest Owen Coyle? We got Sean Dyche from Watford who have now a chance of automatic promotion (with Zola) and I seem to remember Dyche describing them as a mid-table team on The Football League show. If we get mediocre managers we can’t really expect the results.

    Please don’t give us Warnock though!

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