Newcastle United, Leeds and Everton’s relegation rivals confirm shock managerial departure

Newcastle United’s Premier League relegation rivals Burnley have parted company with manager Sean Dyche.

<p>Burnley have sacked Sean Dyche. </p>

Burnley have sacked Sean Dyche.

The 50-year-old was the longest-serving manager in the Premier League having been in charge of the Clarets for nine-and-a-half years.

During his time at Turf Moor, the Clarets were twice promoted from the Championship, achieved two top-half Premier League finishes and qualified for Europe for the first time in 51 years.

However, with Burnley 18th in the Premier League and four points from safety, the club’s board has decided to act, which has come as a shock to many.

Burnley sack Sean Dyche

Chairman Alan Pace said: “Firstly, we would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Sean and his staff for their achievements at the Club over the last decade.

“During his time at Turf Moor, Sean has been a credit both on and off the pitch, respected by players, staff, supporters, and the wider football community.

“However, results this season have been disappointing and, while this was an incredibly difficult decision, with eight crucial games of the campaign remaining, we feel a change is needed to give the squad the best possible chance of retaining its Premier League status.

“The process of replacing Sean has begun and further announcements will be made to supporters in due course.”

The Magpies are 10 points above Burnley in the top-flight table and travel to Turf Moor on the final day of the campaign in May.

The Clarets have also parted company with assistant manager Ian Woan, first-team coach Steve Stone - a former coach at Newcastle - and goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer.