‘I’d be very very surprised if he doesn’t leave Burnley’: Sean Dyche admits the Clarets’ financial limitations will see Manchester United target Dwight McNeil leave Turf Moor sooner or later
- Sean Dyche says it is only a matter of time before Dwight McNeil leaves Burnley
- Everton, Manchester United and Crystal Palace are all interested in McNeil
- Dyche knows McNeil may have to leave Turf Moor to better his career prospects
Sean Dyche takes Dwight McNeil to Crystal Palace on Monday admitting that the harsh financial realities of life at Burnley mean the brilliant young winger will be sold sooner or later.
The straight-talking Burnley manager was at odds with his board this week when he criticised their cautious approach to re-signing a number of out-of-contract first team players.
Despite those financial limitations, Burnley are level on points with Palace in the chase for a top 10 finish thanks, in no small part, to a brilliant season from ever-present McNeil.
Sean Dyche believes it is only a matter of time before Dwight McNeil leaves Burnley
And, with Palace just one of a number of clubs known admirers of the 20-year-old Mancunian, Dyche knows McNeil may have to leave Turf Moor to better his career prospects.
He said: ‘I think it’s something we’ve come across before, regardless of age.
‘There comes a time when eventually players will leave Burnley because we can only go so far and the club only chooses to go so far – whether it be contractually or big fees coming in.
‘I don’t think we’ve ever planned on standing in anyone’s way but equally we’re in a position the last few years to stand our ground, on the other hand.
Dyche has criticised the club’s board over their cautious approach to re-signing players
‘There was probably a time when they thought, a player doing well for us, they could have nicked out of there. Well, that’s not the case now.
‘We’re very strong financially so therefore if people want to come for our players they are going to have to come for heavy prices. On the other hand he’s a young player who is doing very, very well.
‘I’d be very very surprised if he doesn’t leave Burnley at some point because someone will come along and knock on our door. But that’s the reality of Burnley.’
Everton and Manchester United have also been linked with the youngster who was in the Old Trafford youth system as a schoolboy, while Palace see him as an eventual potential replacement for Wilfried Zaha.
And Dyche added: ‘We’re in a position where we can look after players to a certain level of course and then say no basically.
Dyche knows McNeil may have to leave Turf Moor to better his career prospects
‘How long that goes is usually down to a fee and how big the fee gets. That’s life at Burnley and a lot of other clubs.’
Dyche admits he has no chance of staying in management as long as opposite number Roy Hodgson, still going strong at the age of 72, and he regrets the fact that social distancing regulations on Monday will mean he cannot socialise with the Palace boss.
Dyche joked: ‘Roy is one of the rare managers in my life – you know they go on about going into the other manager’s office after the game, he invited me in BEFORE the game! So I said yeah, fine. So that was quite refreshing.’