Jamie Smith of No Nay Never previews Saturday’s visit from the Clarets of Burnley
We`ve enlisted the help of No Nay Never`s Jamie Smith to helps us preview Sean Dyche`s return to the Vic`. See what Jamie had to say below?
How has the season compared to your expectations?
Difficult to say really because of the unexpected change of manager. I was positive we’d be able to finish top half at least, but it was always going to be a transition year once Howe left. Disappointing any play-off challenge ended early and our exciting attacking play from earlier in the season has disappeared.
Is this season perhaps proving something of a transitional season ahead of making some real progress next term?
We’ve never been the sort of club to change manager regularly but Dyche is the fourth manager in three years now, so it’s tough. There’s no money – as usual – so it’s hard for him to put his own stamp on the squad. With a lot of the first team out of contract in the summer, there are big decisions to make over who to keep and who to try to improve on. We can only hope we’re in a position to challenge at the right end of the league next year, but with a squad overhaul likely – plus Charlie Austin virtually certain to leave – it could be a long season.
How has Sean Dyche fared? There seems to be a lot of negativity surrounding him recently!
Started reasonably well and most fans accepted he needed to sort out the defence, we were conceding far too many under Howe.
But we no longer seem to be playing to our strengths – we have the best striker in the league and whole games go by without us creating a single chance for him. We don’t look like getting beat, but we can’t come from behind to win and rarely score more than one in a game.
Plenty of fans are unhappy with the perceived negative football and we’ve gone on a horror run just at season ticket renewal time. Dyche’s excuses – he blames referees regularly and blamed fans’ expectations recently, though he backtracked on those comments – are quickly wearing thin too.
Who will be your key man on Saturday?
Austin is still our main – nay, only – threat. He’s great at finding pockets of space in the box and thrives off Kieran Trippier’s crosses. But he’s been fairly quiet recently, with only three goals in two months.
One player you’d drive to his next club & why?
Keith Treacy. The man is an utter waste of space and would be sacked in any other business. He hasn’t got the drive to be a professional athlete and can’t look after himself. He’s had umpteen chances to turn his career around and I’ve had enough of seeing him stealing a living.
One Watford player you’d nab & why?
I’d take Abdi – we lack a spark and goals from midfield and he seems to provide that for your lot.
Cheers Jamie. Interesting that Dyche has taken to blaming referees – it was a point of honour for him that he never did it here.
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