Sean Dyche has been speaking to the media ahead of Wednesday night’s game at St James Park.

Burnley are actually enjoying an 11 day rest between games, as they lost 4-1 away at Manchester City in the FA Cup third round.

After reaching relative safety so early, their form has actually crashed through the floor.

Sean Dyche has seen his side lose their last four matches (all competitions) and indeed they haven’t won in their last eight games (all competitions).

The Burnley boss had been on a 12 month rolling contract but last week he signed a longer term deal, agreeing a contract until the end of the 2021/22 season.

With loyalty shown by both manager and club, Sean Dyche has overseen two promotions to the Premier League as well as one relegation from the top tier.

The 46 year old has been in charge at Turf Moor since 2012 and has won 97 of his 245 matches.

Ahead of the Newcastle match Sean Dyche has revealed that Steven Defour is to see a specialist over a knee injury.

The Belgian international has been an ever-present in central midfield in the Premier League this season but is now a big doubt for Wednesday.

Sean Dyche:

“Steven Defour has done very well but it is something he’s had in his knee for a couple of weeks.

“It’s been a bit of a problem and he felt, and we felt, it was right to get it looked at.

“We will make a decision when we know more. We’ll find out more in the next few days.”

The Burnley boss also says that  centre-back James Tarkowski is ‘touch and go’ for the Newcastle match, as he is carrying a minor groin problem.

Striker Chris Wood and goalkeeper Tom Heaton are stepping up their training but won’t be ready for this midweek game, whilst Dean Marney is also ruled out with a medial knee ligament problem.

One one positive for Sean Dyche is that left-back Stephen Ward is now back in full training and is a possibility for the Newcastle game.

Sean Dyche says it is looking unlikely he will be making any late signings in this window but he has already brought in Aaron Lennon from Everton for an undisclosed fee, as well as Georges-Kevin N’Koudou on loan from Tottenham.

As for Newcastle United, the transfer window shambles continues.

With widespread reports that the Nicolai Jorgensen transfer is off due to Mike Ashley refusing to pay the price tag, now Daniel Sturridge is said to have turned his back on a move to Newcastle and is set to join West Brom on loan instead.



  • Peaky Magpie

    Good chance Sean’s boys will put the first nail in the coffin on Wednesday night.

    • David S

      Equally good chance we’ll put several past them. Burnley are on the slide.

      • GToon

        Don’t be so sure. Penfold hasn’t even started selling our players yet……..

        • Toon Arnie

          To be fair to Penfold he just does exactly what he’s told by Cashley – he has no say in anything. Nobody could be so incompetent that during every transfer window he just ‘ couldn’t get it over the line’. If that was down to him he would have been sacked by now. He’s employed as a smokescreen to take the blame for the liar not releasing funds.

      • JonMag

        and we aren`t,

        • Damon Horner

          Na, we’re just average, they’re badly off form, they haven’t won any of their last 8 games since mid December.

          • Jezza

            That’s very bad news. Oppostion teams always end their bad runs against Newcastle. It’s an unwritten rule of football.

          • David S

            It does happen regrettably often.

        • David S

          No … we aren’t great but we are holding.

      • David S

        Too right … no certainties, except death and taxes, in this world. But there is still a very good chance we will beat Burnley with something to spare.

        • Jezza

          I’ll give you another certainty. Newcastle will sign nobody before the deadline.

        • David S

          Jezza … you are human geyser of sloppy ill-thought-through negative tripe. And you go to great lengths to remind us of this daily (no, hourly).

          Just leave off for a little while. You will feel better for it.

        • Toon Arnie

          I see it being a draw myself if it’s coming from my head rather than my heart but we all need to stay positive and really back the lads.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Hope you’re right but teams on the slide always have a tendency to bounce back against us.

  • 8prestondave

    My lad was at Burnley today interviewing some of the players and they were all saying they are going to batter us and are very confident going into the game. Another team who have strengthened whilst we fiddle and burn.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      They got a lucky win at Turf Moor will win quite easily plus they cannot score goals even worse than us.

      • 8prestondave

        Hope so mate

  • Mike

    get beat on Wed. tell me where the next points are coming from

    • Clarko

      Sunday.

    • David S

      Oh doom … oh gloom … the self-indulgent joy of it. Man up!

      • Toon Arnie

        Too right. The fans need to play their part. No more ‘i’m just getting off early for an extra pint (chortle chortle )’ or other invalid excuses. Stay to the end and support the team to the death. That might just give the lads the extra 5% they need. It’s not the teams fault we have a tight fisted clown running the club. They need us roaring them on. Howay the Toon !!

    • Toon Arnie

      Draw on Wednesday then a tough but winnable game at Palace. I see both of these being draws though tbh. The fans really need to get behind the team now and act as the 12th man. Not leaving early in droves would be a great start !!

  • Damon Horner

    Winnable game, win against these and take three points at the weekend and league table looks suddenly better! Big games… Howay the lads! Joselu hat trick.

    • Peaky Magpie

      If The Hoss got a hat trick it would still be our luck to lose 4-3 !

      • Damon Horner

        No doubt! At least we’d make £30mil when Ashley flogs him.

        • Toon Arnie

          Well we’ll at least get £10million back at about 8pm on deadline day when Ashley sells Mitrovic and then says it eas just too late to ‘get one over the line’ and re- invest the money. I just hope i’m wrong but Casey has no shame and seemingly wants to humiliate Rafa.

        • Jonas

          by ‘we’ you mean ‘Mike Ashley’

    • Toon Arnie

      4 Points from these two games would be great but I just can’t see it. The lads, as always, will give everything and deserve our support but the quality just isn’t there. I really feel for Rafa – he loves the club and fans but it’s become a battle of wills now between him and the spiteful idiot ‘running’ the club which is going to end in tears.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Support the club wasting yet another twenty million pounds on players is not the end of the world. It’s in our hands and we have enough good players to stop up. Our main two dangers are the Mag and George from the Times support the club.

    • Toon Arnie

      I think you’re missing the point. If Ashley has no intention of ever ‘getting one over the line’ he should have the bottle to come out and say that. We all know the lies and excuses that will follow on Thursday after our relegation rivals have strengthened and we’ve stood still again so why go through this PR sham with his mates at Sky Sports ?
      Promising a £20million striker then pulling out when the fee is £20million – unbelievable. How can you defend this ? We’re sleepwalking to relegation while the manager and fans are being constantly and deliberately lied to.

  • Jonas

    are Gallowgate Flags doing a massive ‘F**K off and d** Ashley’ flag as per request?

    • fistsofsteel2

      There really shouldn’t be anybody attending another game this season……but the mugs will still go.

      • ghostrider

        That has to apply to 90% of other teams in all the leagues then….right?
        Thick and thin. Black and white blood through the veins, eh?
        What a load of tosh.

        Nobody forces anyone to go to games so those who don’t want to go, don’t go and let those who do go, go in peace, without the bile and bullying tactics that certain factions use.