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In a wide-ranging interview with Matthew Syed for The Times, Sean Dyche describes the moment he found out about Everton's historic points deduction, his views on the softness and the lack of honesty in the modern game and the merits of simply telling the truth.

I think love is shown by telling the truth. The whole truth. Sometimes, the brutal truth. Sure, you need to say it respectfully. Sometimes, you need to say it gently. But unless you are prepared to say it how it is, you are misleading someone. Maybe even lying to them. But this is the problem in the world today: people prefer perception over reality.

It’s a great game, so many good things, but we are losing our soul. There are eight billion people on the planet and four billion access the Premier League and yet they are seeing too much cheating. Why are Uefa and Fifa not dealing with this?

The game has improved with sports science, technical skill, diet, you name it. It’s a fantastic spectacle in so many ways. If we could only rediscover mutual respect and that old-fashioned attitude of playing hard but fair it would be a better game.

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Bob Parrington
1 Posted 22/02/2024 at 08:48:10
Spot on as far as I'm concerned. Sean Dyche is a real person, full of character.

So much more than many others claiming to be telling the truth when they are lying through their back teeth (as my mother used to say).

Shane Corcoran
2 Posted 23/02/2024 at 21:27:26
Agreed Bob. The lack of comments on this thread is disappointing and perhaps tells a story.
Michael Kenrick
3 Posted 23/02/2024 at 21:36:59
Or it could just be the paywall stopping most of us from reading it?
Tony Abrahams
4 Posted 23/02/2024 at 21:51:39
If we could only rediscover mutual respect and that old fashioned attitude of playing hard but fair it would be a better game.

Get paid Dychey, because this is one of the main reasons why I’m slowly falling out of love with watching top level football.

Kieran Kinsella
5 Posted 23/02/2024 at 21:56:44
Sorry but this is a bit rose tinted glasses. By cheating I assume he means diving etc? What about good old fashioned cheating like breaking people's legs, Vinnie Jones "manhandling Gazza," pretending the ball did or didn't cross the lines, players yards offside scoring or well onside and being denied. Or match fixing, major scandals in Italy 1948, 1980, 1986 and so on and that's just the major ones that got caught. Then you've the Anderlecht v Forest fixing in 84, Marseille "champions" of Europe in 1990. Hand of God anyone? Not to mention coins, flares, bricks thrown at players or indeed the famous incident of the the Chilean goalie taking a razor to his head and pretending he had been struck by such a missile. Even for the old timers among us a game between United and Liverpool was found to have been fixed as early as 1915!!!!

There has always been and always will be cheating. All that changes is the methods used. The foulers used to have the edge, now the divers do. Offside's and goal line debates are clearer now while "interfering with play" has created a huge opening for dodgy refs and players. But there was never a halcyon period when everyone was a gentleman playing by an honor code.

Tony Abrahams
6 Posted 23/02/2024 at 21:58:56
Not everyone Kieran, but now I don’t think there’s an anyone?
Brent Stephens
7 Posted 23/02/2024 at 22:22:38
Kieran #5. Bloody hell, Kieran, you've got me in tears almost, reminis..., remenisc..., looking back back on the good old days, that age of innocence, and wishing we were there again. When I was a lad...
Kieran Kinsella
8 Posted 23/02/2024 at 22:32:04

I choked up a little myself thinking about Andy Gray and Sherwood lol

Don Alexander
9 Posted 24/02/2024 at 00:14:25
Keiran, you're right on the historical money with your observations but what you cite was and is known-to-all, as was quickly the case.

In contrast, these days there's perpetual deliberate decades-long "looking-the-other-way" from so many individuals in positions of so-called responsibility and full accountability in football, and life in general.

Dyche is right on the current money I'm afraid - and it's sickening.

Peter Moore
10 Posted 24/02/2024 at 21:01:47
Since he has been our manager, I have found his frank, honest and clear truths to be like a breath of fresh air.

It's a shame the Premier League is such a shower of shite in so many ways really.

Dean Johnson
11 Posted 25/02/2024 at 08:49:04
So much talk from Dyche, I wonder if he's ever used it to show players how to pass 5 yards, or make a substitution before 60 minutes.

Honestly you just end up a chump if you try and be honest in the Premier League. It's all about money and anyone yearning for the "good old days" should be removed from their post.

Money is the religion in this country, it's about time we woke up to that and stop trying to be so pathetically and embarrassingly "The People's Club" whilst pissing all our dirty money up the wall.

But it's okay, we just spent £20M on Beto, we just have to be patient and give him time, like Calvert-Lewin… right?

We are a joke club and will continue to be until we get this moralistic bullshit out of our minds.

Dave Abrahams
12 Posted 29/02/2024 at 09:55:37
I think that first boxed paragraph by Dyche wouldn't have been out of place on the current Dele Alli thread.
Danny O’Neill
13 Posted 29/02/2024 at 10:10:03
Dyche came in with many having perceptions of him.

He's had to deal with the shit show going on in the background, but has just got on with it and kept the players focussed. I've developed a lot of respect for him. He talks honestly.

His tactics are sometimes frustrating, his changes very late. But if you watch us, at times we play some decent stuff and, bar the odd match this season, the work rate has increased.

For what we need right here and now, he gets my vote.

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