Burnley news: Sean Dyche explains why Clarets may play loud music against Man Utd | Football | Sport

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You can be sure if Sean Dyche turns the heat up on Jose Mourinho the noise from the visitors will be deafening.

If Mourinho didn’t like Manchester City’s celebrations after the recent derby, that dressing room party might pale into insignificance if the Clarets continue their habit of punching above their weight and pinching points off the big boys.

Dyche admits he has had several complaints about the decibel level of Burnley’s music machine but says it is partly in retaliation to the red hot heat of the facilities at some grounds.

He said: “We have had a lot of complaints about our boom box, and do you know why? Because the away changing room is often red-hot, with no air coming through, and we have to open the door. You forget some of these grounds are old designs. 

“We went down to Chelsea for the first game of the season. Do you remember how hot it was? There was no air in that dressing room at all. We had the doors open, and they tried to make us shut them.

“I said: ‘You’re Chelsea Football Club and you haven’t got an air conditioning unit in your dressing room and it’s 94 degrees in there. The players were sweating just sitting there with their shorts on. That can’t be right.’

“Therefore we opened the doors. Brighton was the same. It was red-hot in the dressing room. There’s no gamesmanship in it. The players want the music. Do you think I want to sit there listening to 500 watts or something? No, I don’t.

“But if it’s red-hot in the dressing room, and players want music on, I’m not going to stop them, one, from being cooler, and two, from having their music on.

“It’s no drama. Come on guys, is that going to put you off your game? A football match, where you’ve got to go out in front of 78,000 fans screaming their heads off? That’s a bit weird, isn’t it? It strikes me as being a bit weird. If someone wants to put their boom box outside of my dressing room, they can help themselves.

“We don’t have the door open at home because we have our own heating, or cooling. But you go away, and you’d be amazed.They spend unbelievable amounts on these stadiums, and they don’t have a simple air-con unit. 

“Do we have an air-con at Burnley? Are you kidding? I’m buzzing if it goes beyond 21 degrees. You’ve got the heating on in June.”

Jesse Lingard apparently told former Clarets defender Michael Keane Mourinho wasn’t happy at the noise coming out of Burnley’s dressing room after their draw at Old Trafford last season.

Dyche denies it, saying: “No, I don’t think he did but the people outside the door at Chelsea did.”

But Dyche says music has always been part of dressing room culture even back to his days as a player with Chesterfield. And he blames Andre Gray, who left Burnley for Watford last summer, for  the ear-splitting power of the speakers.

Dyche said: “I have no clue about these boom box things. All I know is that they’ve been there ever since I was a player. The first ever club I went to had an old-fashioned version, you know the old-fashioned ghetto blaster? 

“As soon as I moved clubs to Chesterfield, that was the era when the big boom boxes started coming in. I’ve never ever known a dressing room since that hasn’t had music on, and all that’s happened is that it’s got louder.

“Andre bought ours and now  he’s got an even louder one at Watford. It pumps out something like 3,000 watts!”

Dyche, 46, is viewed as old school with his gravelly voice, straight-talking and quick-fire humour. But he has become arguably England’s top club boss, an innovative coach and a master of man-management. 

And he has done it on a shoestring budget. Burnley’s record buy is £13million Robbie Brady –  a fraction of the cost of Paul Pogba or Romelu  Lukaku – but Dyche is not envious.

“It’s nice to be able to spend what you want, when you went, within reason,” he said. “But whatever level you’re at, if you’re spending money there’s a lot of pressure that comes with that.

“You’ve still got to invest in the right ones and the hardest thing is that sometimes the right one might still be the right one even if they have a slow start.”

His team slugged out a point at Old Trafford last season thanks to the heroics of goalkeeper Tom Heaton. He is out injured but that has not stopped the Clarets’ progress this season and no one will be too surprised if they frustrate United again today.

Jose had better get some ear muffs on if they do.



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