Burnley boss Sean Dyche enjoyed his time at Watford but is looking to the forward not back ahead of Saturday's clash

This Is Local London: Burnley boss Sean Dyche has "fond memories" of his time with Watford. Picture: Action Images Burnley boss Sean Dyche has "fond memories" of his time with Watford. Picture: Action Images

Former Watford manager Sean Dyche says he has fond memories of his time at the club, but that he is looking forward rather than back.

The current Burnley manager spent just one season as manager at Vicarage Road, but prior to being sacked by the Pozzos in the summer of 2012, had an affiliation with the Hornets which went back eight years across two spells.

Initially signed as a player by Ray Lewington in 2002, Dyche left Vicarage Road in 2005 to join Northampton Town, but in 2007 returned following his retirement to take up a role within the club's academy.

The 42 year-old rapidly rose through the club's coaching set-up and eventually became manager in the summer of 2011 when Malky Mackay - whom he had previously assisted - left to take the vacant manager's post at Cardiff City.

In his only season at the helm at Vicarage Road, Dyche guided the Hornets to a very respectable 11th place finish. That despite losing Danny Graham and Will Buckley before a ball had even been kicked and Marvin Sordell in the January transfer window.

Asked to reflect on his time at Watford, Dyche said: "I have fond memories. I had a good time there.

"I was player, captain, youth coach, reserve team/development coach, assistant manager and manager so of course I had a real connection with the club."

However, with Burnley currently nine points clear in the automatic promotion positions, Dyche will not let sentimentality get in the way of his second return to WD18.

"I always compartmentalise my career into different stages. I enjoyed my time, move forward - it’s just the way I am," explained the Kettering-born boss.

Watford have changed both on and off the field since Dyche was replaced by Gianfranco Zola in the summer of 2012, but the former centre-half says that is fast becoming the rule rather than the exception.

"The model’s radically changed since I was there, the business model of the club and use of the youth system has changed. It’s just the way it is.

"I’ve said it many times, businesses across the world change the format, change the processes, change the protocols, change the way that they work," mused Dyche.

"They’ve made that decision now and they work in a completely different manner than when I was there."

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7:04pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Drewoneone says...

Good luck Sean - you are one of the good guys. Surely a great future ahead.

It is ironic that the Hornets could play a massive part in Leicester getting promotion this weekend by beating Burnley (if other results go the right way). That play off semi final is still fresh in the memory.

Lets hope we are in the automatic promotion spots this time next season - although play off talk for this season will continue if we win tomorrow!
Good luck Sean - you are one of the good guys. Surely a great future ahead. It is ironic that the Hornets could play a massive part in Leicester getting promotion this weekend by beating Burnley (if other results go the right way). That play off semi final is still fresh in the memory. Lets hope we are in the automatic promotion spots this time next season - although play off talk for this season will continue if we win tomorrow! Drewoneone
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9:27pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Watford 7 Saints 1 says...

Drewoneone wrote:
Good luck Sean - you are one of the good guys. Surely a great future ahead.

It is ironic that the Hornets could play a massive part in Leicester getting promotion this weekend by beating Burnley (if other results go the right way). That play off semi final is still fresh in the memory.

Lets hope we are in the automatic promotion spots this time next season - although play off talk for this season will continue if we win tomorrow!
Wtether we beat Burnley or not will have no affect at all to do with Leicester getting promotion it all depends on QPR and Derby losing.
[quote][p][bold]Drewoneone[/bold] wrote: Good luck Sean - you are one of the good guys. Surely a great future ahead. It is ironic that the Hornets could play a massive part in Leicester getting promotion this weekend by beating Burnley (if other results go the right way). That play off semi final is still fresh in the memory. Lets hope we are in the automatic promotion spots this time next season - although play off talk for this season will continue if we win tomorrow![/p][/quote]Wtether we beat Burnley or not will have no affect at all to do with Leicester getting promotion it all depends on QPR and Derby losing. Watford 7 Saints 1
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9:28pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Poppet Bear says...

Then Dyche now Sannino , all I know is that we are now no longer capable of scoring a goal like last years GOTS by the Batt. Pure skill, have we improved ? I don't think so.
Then Dyche now Sannino , all I know is that we are now no longer capable of scoring a goal like last years GOTS by the Batt. Pure skill, have we improved ? I don't think so. Poppet Bear
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10:02pm Fri 4 Apr 14

exeterhornet says...

A thoroughly decent and amiable guy. I truly wish him every success but tomorrow Sean, is not your day, please.
A thoroughly decent and amiable guy. I truly wish him every success but tomorrow Sean, is not your day, please. exeterhornet
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12:36pm Sat 5 Apr 14

PozzoHornet says...

Poppet Bear wrote:
Then Dyche now Sannino , all I know is that we are now no longer capable of scoring a goal like last years GOTS by the Batt. Pure skill, have we improved ? I don't think so.
At least we are now able to score a goal AND keep a clean sheet, as opposed to doing one, the other or none under GZ 4 months ago. Plus the players can still produce goals of real quality, ie Deeney's 2nd vs Blackpool, Batto vs Blackburn, Angella's 1st vs Forest.
[quote][p][bold]Poppet Bear[/bold] wrote: Then Dyche now Sannino , all I know is that we are now no longer capable of scoring a goal like last years GOTS by the Batt. Pure skill, have we improved ? I don't think so.[/p][/quote]At least we are now able to score a goal AND keep a clean sheet, as opposed to doing one, the other or none under GZ 4 months ago. Plus the players can still produce goals of real quality, ie Deeney's 2nd vs Blackpool, Batto vs Blackburn, Angella's 1st vs Forest. PozzoHornet
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