Burnley manager Sean Dyche says he wouldn’t insult his friend Chris Wilder by showing sympathy before they clash with Sheffield United on Tuesday night.
, themselves just one place above the drop zone, entertain the winless
that have made the worst ever start to a Premier League season with only two points from 15 games.
I think he’s a pretty good guy and that’s not just about football,
” Dyche said. “
But I’m not going to start throwing my sympathy about, that’s not for football managers in my opinion
“Empathy and understanding, that’s a different thing. But Chris certainly, he doesn’t want my sympathy I can assure you.
“It’s fair that he’d like a bit of understanding from fellow managers. I certainly understand some of the challenges, that’s for sure.”
Burnley’s loss against Leeds left them 17th in the table, 2 points clear of the relegation zone.
“He’ll bring his team to our place, he’ll be wanting to win, all of our friendship and respect will go out of the window for that 90 minutes,”
“But I can assure you before and after I’ll certainly be speaking to him.”
believes it is more difficult for
to endure this tremendous season considering their impressive top-10 finish last season.
“It’s harder for Chris because they were, rightly so, given so many points last season, deservedly so,”
the Clarets manager added.
“Ninth in the Premier League is some finish.
“It is very difficult when your side goes on that curve of not finding wins, he’ll know, he’s very experienced at many levels of football and he’ll know he has to keep them working.
“He does himself and his staff I’m sure, he’ll be looking for them to play their part as well. He’s a good operator, in my opinion.”