Sean Dyche could manage England, says West Ham boss Slaven Bilic
By Rory O'Callaghan
Last Updated: 12/10/17 3:39pm
Burnley boss Sean Dyche is good enough to manage England in the future, according to his West Ham counterpart Slaven Bilic.
Dyche has guided Burnley to sixth place in the Premier League after claiming points off the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool at the start of the new season.
The Hammers travel to Turf Moor on Saturday in search of their first away win of the campaign and Bilic admits the Clarets' strong start to the campaign has taken him by surprise.
"He's definitely a good manager. Does their start surprise me? Yes, it did, especially their away form because last year they waited until March or whenever to beat Palace away and get that first away win," said Bilic.
"If you ask which team has beat Chelsea and Everton and drew against Spurs and Liverpool and didn't know it was them, you would say Manchester United and not Burnley.
"It's a big achievement and it did surprise me, but they now have experience of the Premier League and have confidence and play with more bravery and more freedom when they have the ball, but they didn't lose the steeliness and compactness that is still the core of their philosophy.
"They are a very good team and all the credit goes to Sean Dyche."
When asked if Dyche could become England manager in the future, Bilic added: "Why not, definitely.
"It is always good for the national team to have a domestic manager. It is not a club - you have to understand the whole nation and the culture, the history, the legacy, the expectations.
"He is definitely one of them that has it. He is young, he looks strong and he's got that voice! I'm joking, but he is doing a really good job.
"Last year his success was a bit underrated and he is still at Burnley, which makes it easier in a daily job because you can afford some bad games.
"But on the other hand it makes it harder to get that ultimate recognition."
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