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Sean Dyche talks about the 'fine wheel' he used as Burnley manager

Sean Dyche reveals the secrets of the ‘fine wheel’ for ‘minor’ indiscretions during his time as Burnley manager… including players giving out ‘LAP DANCES’, paying for a team-mate’s dinner or being made to sit in a river

  • Sean Dyche has revealed some stories of the ‘fine wheel’ he used at Burnley 
  • His players at Turf Moor were issed with small fines or forfeits for minor issues 
  • He noted players were performing ‘lap dances’, or paying out for fancy dinners 

Sean Dyche has revealed some of the mad stories behind his use of a ‘fine wheel’ while Burnley manager.

The 51-year-old was in charge at Turf Moor before the club kicked him out during the middle of a Premier League relegation battle earlier this year.

During his almost ten years as Burnley manager, Dyche used a ‘fine wheel’ to penalise players for small indiscretions, such as leaving kit on the floor, turning up late, or not putting away their dirty crockery.

It was initially a rugby idea which Dyche and his team at Burnley, including sports scientist Mark Howard, utilised for football. 

Sean Dyche has revealed some of the stories behind the ‘fine wheel’ he used while at Burnley

 

Sean Dyche told SPORTBible: ‘The big stuff would come to me but the little stuff so we brought in a fine wheel. Some would be money, some would be payback of money and other things.

‘One of them would be spin again for someone’s car to be valeted – if it comes out with your number he has to pay for your car to be valeted.

‘One that was a good one – they would have to be dinner for you and a mate or your partner, whichever. Of course someone tops it don’t they, they hit the big one – bottle of shampoo and all that. Before you know it, they’re screwed because the bill’s coming in like four hundred quid.

‘They have to pay it. That’s just an example. There was a river by the training ground, they’d have to sit in the river for a minute.

‘Lap dance – lap dance was hilarious. If you got a lap dance, you’d have to spin again and get the number for someone you’d do the lap dance for.

‘[It was] genius. Hideous but genius.’

Dyche spent nearly a decade at Turf Moor, took Burnley to seventh in the Premier League

The unique system of crazy punishments led Burnley to a highest Premier League finish of seventh, and helped to forge a professional attitude at Turf Moor under Dyche.   

While some of the stars were not on board with the wheel idea, it helped to improve connectivity between the squad, as they encouraged their teammates to do their forfeits, or pay up for their minor mistakes.  

‘They are negotiable to the point you’ve got to do it,’ Dyche said when asked if everyone adhered to the punishments.

‘The whole group are sitting there saying, ‘No you’ve got to do it’.

‘And it starts with a process. We say, ‘Right lads this is an idea, what are your thoughts?’ At first there you get resistors and all that but once they get involved with it they’re buzzing.

Dyche revealed some players were ‘properly dying’ after being forced to sing to teammates

‘Some of them were properly dying – like singing in front of the group. You’d be surprised how you’d just see a grown man crushed singing in front of his mates.’

‘Some would be fined. Some would be fifty quid – never mad stuff – and some would be like you win two free spins, you spin for someone else to spin. You put some fun stuff in so you could actually win from it.

‘One would be straight £350 for leaving a cup on the table. We were big on it. Why can’t you just lift your plate and put it on a trolley? You’re a human, right? They’re just simple life things.’

It became an integral part of Dyche’s plan at Burnley, improving mentality around the training ground and going into crucial matches for the Clarets. 

Dyche is looking for another management role, and is currently the bookmakers’ favourite to take over the vacant post at AFC Bournemouth.




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