No sentiment for Dyche on Watford return

Watford return: Former Hornets boss Sean Dyche
Watford return: Former Hornets boss Sean Dyche
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Sean Dyche spent eight years at Watford as a player, coach, assistant manager and manager.

But, as we are becoming accustomed, the Clarets boss has no sentiment over his return to Vicarage Road tomorrow - it is simply another opportunity to win three points.

Dyche is assured of a warm welcome by the Hornets, and their fans, who fully appreciate what he did for the club in two separate spells.

And you almost get the impression many Watford supporters would delight in Dyche winning promotion to the Premier League with Burnley, such is the esteem they hold him in.

Tomorrow, however, Dyche knows Giuseppe Sannino and his side won’t make life easy for the Clarets, as they look to maintain their fine recent home form, and he said: “You know by now, there is no sentiment whatsoever, it’s business as usual.

“It’s another important game, as they all are.

“Watford have a massive squad of players from all over Europe, and last week they signed Albert Riera, who played Champions League football for Galatasaray earlier this season.

“It is an interesting model there now, as has been well documented, and it is what it is. But we’ll make sure we’re ready, as we always are.”

Dyche left Watford in the summer of 2012 after the Pozzo family acquired the club and installed Gianfranco Zola as head coach.

Zola led the Hornets to the Championship play-offs last season, but resigned in December with the club 13th.

Dyche, meanwhile, took over at Turf Moor from Eddie Howe in late October 2012, and he has steered the Clarets into a strong position in the promotion race, nine points clear of QPR in third place.

Asked how he has developed since leaving Watford, he said: “It’s hard to answer that, it’s probably for other people to say.

“Experience is the big thing, I’m a young manager, learning, and all your experiences go in your tool kit you use to apply yourself to the job.

“I can’t define how I’ve changed. but I think I’ve added plenty of things over time.”