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Dyche: Sub rule suits top sides


OPINION: Sean Dyche

OPINION: Sean Dyche


OPINION: Sean Dyche

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says allowing five substitutes per match is the latest rule change designed to favour the big clubs.

FIFA announced this week that the option of using the five-substitute rule – initially introduced to help manage player workloads following the coronavirus pandemic – will be open to competitions for the 2020-21 season.

Premier League clubs will need to declare whether to allow teams to use five substitutes per match next season. But Dyche says it is another example of a rule change helping the elite and hindering smaller clubs like Burnley.

“I think it quite obviously favours the big clubs because they can keep more players happy and more players involved by making more changes,” Dyche said.

“A lot of football often does. We all had to change the size of our home pitches to make sure they aligned with the big clubs who were in Europe. We all had to cut the grass the same length. So most things are pushed forward by the big clubs in the division. But equally the big clubs are part of what sells the division to the world.

“It could be a slightly calmer situation for managers (of bigger clubs) with players who get slightly disgruntled than if they’re out of the team and out of the squad.”

The Clarets are on 51 points but Dyche says he has given little thought on improving on the 54-point total that Burnley managed two seasons ago when finishing seventh. “We will look to deliver first, and if you can deliver a performance you often get the outcome you want,” Dyche said ahead of the game at Norwich.