Brendan Rodgers insists his good friend can still keep Burnley in the Premier League after they went down 2-0 at Liverpool.
The Clarets are without a win in seven league games now, and next up are champions Manchester City at Turf Moor a week on Saturday.
But Rodgers, who was manager at Watford when Dyche was youth team coach at Vicarage Road, said: “I think they’ve shown all year...he’s done an incredible job there, tonight was obviously a little difficult because we’re in such good form and have such confidence, and you can see how well we’re playing.
“But there are some outstanding players there and they’re led very well.
“They have other games and I’m sure they’ll get the points and hopefully they can stay up, because it’s a club with a wonderful history, and an outstanding manager.”
Rodgers had also said in the match programme: “Sean is someone I know well and is a person I’m proud to call a friend.
Regardless of how the season finishes, he should rightly be considered a contender for manager of the season in the Premier League.Brendan Rodgers
“He worked for me when I was in charge at Watford, and you could see then he was someone that would have a big future in the game, as a coach and a manager.
“He did an excellent job at Watford and has taken it to another level at Burnley.
“Regardless of how the season finishes, he should rightly be considered a contender for manager of the season in the Premier League.”