Head-To-Head: Sean Dyche vs Marco Silva

Chloe Beresford by Chloe Beresford / 08 December 2017, 14:56

All eyes will be on the Manchester and Merseyside derbies in the Premier League this weekend, with both promising to be enthralling encounters. While Burnley-Watford may not be as glamorous as the aforementioned ties, a look at both teams’ young bosses makes the forthcoming fixture between the two an interesting one indeed.

Both 40-year-old Marco Silva and 46-year-old Sean Dyche were linked with the Everton job before the eventual appointment of Sam Allardyce, with work at their prospective clubs speaking for itself this term. Silva may still be a long-term target for the Toffees if Allardyce does indeed prove to be just a stop-gap at Goodison Park, and showed he could stand up for himself in a spat with the Englishman this week.

When Big Sam declared that the record of the Portuguese boss had “no comparison” to his own, Silva was not willing to let his comments go unchecked.

“Go and see what he [Allardyce] was doing when he was 40 years old, or see what he was doing in his first seven seasons as a Coach,” he said. “Then look at what I am doing at the same age - or you can wait until I am 63 years old, and then we can compare what I have done.”

But back to the matter in hand. Burnley have fared slightly better of the two, sitting in 7th position with 25 points in 15 games, however Watford have the chance to catch up to them with a win at Turf Moor. The match is a veritable “six-pointer” as the Hornets lurk behind by just three points, and it will be interesting to see which of these hot prospects will triumph on Saturday.

Despite the pressure of being away from home, the Hornets boss revealed that he would not change anything from his usual style of play. Although his side have been guilty of losing the lead at times this term, their resilience in fighting back has been impressive. This has drawn praise from compatriot Jose Mourinho, the Manchester United boss seeing a big improvement in his side from last term.

“I think both teams are having fantastic seasons,” Silva declared ahead of Saturday's match. “Very good starts.” “Of course myself and Sean Dyche want to continue in the same way. We have a lot of Premier League games [yet] to play.”

Anyone who watched Dyche as a player would be unsurprised that he has constructed a side with aerial prowess, and kept clean sheets versus Newcastle, Southampton and Swansea as they have registered four wins from their last six matches. A former Watford player and manager himself, he is clearly still popular with his former players.

“I am delighted for him. I had a really good time under him here and thoroughly enjoyed myself,” Adrian Mariappa told the Watford Observer. “You could see at that time that he was always going to go and do good things. He get the credit he deserves because he is a top, top manager.”

High praise indeed, but Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher believes that his direct style of play will ultimately hold him back from getting a top job. “The results Sean Dyche has had since he went to Burnley, I don't think any manager in world football - and I am being deadly serious - could get them any higher,” he said on the Monday Night Football show.

“You think of the size of the club, the money he's spent, the players he's got. They are actually part of a top seven at the moment. I don't think they'll be seventh at the end of the season, but the job he's done has been unbelievable.”

Grit and overachievement have been the signature style for Dyche, and a victory over one of his peers would be yet another feather in his cap.

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