Gabby Logan is joined by Chris Sutton and comedian Elis James to discuss the latest from the Premier League. Steve Bower meets Sean Dyche to look at the psychology of relegation.
Browse content similar to Sean Dyche. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!
This week I'm joined by Chris Sutton and comedian
and long-suffering Swansea City fan, Elis James.
Coming up on the show - with a big weekend ahead at the foot
of the table we look at what it takes to escape the dreaded drop;
Steve Bower sits down with Burnley boss Sean Dyche
and football-mad John Robins tells us why he has no desire to...err..go
But first, the games are running out and the tension is rising
at both ends of the table - here's what's been happening
over the last seven days in the Premier League...
It was an outstanding performance. Up comes a Randolph. But is it the
way, not very far. Sunderland have hope. We will keep believing why we
have a chance. We keep going, we don't give in. It is a free header.
The only thing I want to remember is a positive experience. If I had to
work 15 years to experience one such moment, I will do it gladly. Drives
it in. What an outstanding goal. Rowdy outside... 2-0. Get it in.
That is the icing on the cake. Exciting moment. Marcus Rashford
with the chance. Taken brilliantly. Young, again. And as her rare red.
It is deflected and it is in. Listen to those cheers for Manchester
United win which will be cheered as loudly by Tottenham.
Keeper doesn't see it at all. Sanchez, right footed, quality kick
and Arsenal lead 1-0. Negredo steers the ball past Petr Cech. Sanchez,
into the penalty area. The ball is fired in. And it is Ozil. Arsenal
are back in front 2-1. There will be a new team in the Premier League
next season, Brighton Hove Albion have been promoted. John Terry has
announced he will leave the club at the end of the season. He has been
at the club for 22 years. He said he will decide on his future later. You
get the feeling Spurs smell a little bit of fear, they smell an
opportunity and they look imperious. Is it a little wobble from Chelsea
would you be worried if you were a Chelsea fan? I wouldn't be too
worried. Chelsea have four games at home, two away, Sunderland and
Middlesbrough and they are automatic for Chelsea. Spurs are on an
incredible run. Were you surprised by Antonio Conte's body language? A
couple of months ago, all of the pundits are saying they were going
to win it. So to lose two games in a month, must get in the back of your
mind, doubt. As a neutral, you want the team at the top in April to
throw it away, because it is so entertaining. Liverpool fliptop and
they have throw it away. They had a Newcastle like lead as well,
Chelsea. It is so much fun if you don't support the top two teams. I
am trying to find a link, do you want Spurs to win? I don't care. I
used to live with a Spurs fan, they haven't won it since 1961. People
used to rent radios in 1961. I love Ben Davies. A Welsh connection?
Clutching at straws. Who do you want to win it? I want Swansea to win it
in some horrendous mathematical... I don't know how it will happen. It
won't. No it won't. I prefer watching Tottenham to Chelsea. Spurs
are playing attractive football, they look tougher than they did this
time last year? The manager was saying a month ago, last year they
lost focus. They don't seem to have lost focus this year. The
interesting one is the semifinal at the weekend. If Spurs bump Chelsea,
there may be doubts from the Chelsea players. Is there anything to read
into cost of's form as well? He is reliant on service. He didn't have
his best game against United, he was shackled well. But overall he has
been exceptional the Chelsea. There is no way he is 27. He looks about
50. I thought it was a typo when I saw his age. It takes it out of you
being a sportsman, look at Chris. The top two aren't in action this
weekend so attention is firmly on the bottom of the table -
and there are some big Huge home games for both
Swansea and Hull dominate Saturday's fixtures,
whilst West Ham and Bournemouth are still desperate to reach that
magical 40 point mark. Likewise, on Sunday Burnley
entertain Manchester United and resurgent Crystal Palace face
a tough trip to Anfield. But what does it take to avoid
the trapdoor and keep your head Recent Premier League history
is punctuated by miraculous escapes but how do you psychologically equip
yourself to fight relegation. When the threat of relegation enters
into the thoughts, this whole idea of needing to escape occupies my
energy and what I think about, I'd bring about. You start distrusting
each other as players. You look at your coach and doubts whether they
are the person you hoped they would be, the blame game starts happening
and you get into this negative spiral. Whether you can ride the
emotional roller-coaster that is relegation is going to be the key as
to whether you come out successful or not successful. For me, it looks
like fear and the fear has gripped the players and it hasn't allowed
them to express the ability they have got. When players enter into
the competitive arena cup performance is in their mindset.
That is when they are stifled. Fans on their back, press on their back.
What a dreadful moments. If you can imagine my hands are like my
thoughts and my feelings. When I am experiencing fear, it is as if this
happens. The fear of failure perpetuates itself onto the pitch.
They freeze and take less risks on the ball. If body language reveals
anything, it reveals horror. It is often said, the health of the team
is reflected in the face of the coach. Being mindful of your body
language as a manager is important. They may be saying the right words,
but if their body language doesn't reflect what they are saying, their
players will recognise it. When you see players making a mistake, they
look straight to the bench for some kind of confirmation of how to feel.
We cannot not communicate. The serious stuff starts here for the
new Hull boss. When managers come into football clubs, there is this
sense of freshness, everything is new. You are coming in with the
level of optimum and you have to convince somebody that you can. You
share those thoughts with somebody. A change of manager disrupts that
cloud of negativity. Cloud you run your airy has been sacked as the
Leicester City manager. You create belief systems and then the fear
starts to dissipate. The Stadium of light is lifting. Sam Allardyce has
a tool box he brings with him, both mental and scientific, if you like.
He has done it before. Job done, mission accomplished. Sam Allardyce
has pulled it off. People look to him and say, we are in safe hands.
He said, I am the man to get Crystal Palace out of relegation. That
belief conveys itself to every single player in the dressing room.
That will do it for the boys in blue and four Nigel Pearson. You look
back to Leicester City a couple of years ago, Fulham a few years back,
it is about a change of mindset. It has all swung Fulham's way. Go back
to 2005 when Bryan Robson led West Brom. They were bottom Christmas and
everybody said it couldn't be done. Bryan Robson's baggies are staying
in the Premiership. In the end, a manager who is able to motivate,
inspire and energise, those managers become successful. Relegation is a
seemingly innocuous word but it is a powerful or pervasive place to be
sometimes. If you think you are doomed, you will be doomed.
Chris, you've played in successful sides and you've played
in struggling sides, what do you think you need
More to look around the dressing room to see what players we had in
the dressing room but Middlesbrough and Sunderland are struggling
because they don't have the quality of players. But psychologically at
this stage in the season you have two stay strong. A lot of it comes
from the training ground, organisation and repetition. That is
why Sam Allardyce has a big reputation. Because he knows what it
is about what you produce on the training ground to take into a match
day, so he has tried and tested this formula? Yes, giving the players
confidence through organisation. His biggest trick in January was the
signing of Sakho. He has galvanised the defence. Maybe there is a self
propelling prophecy, Sam Allardyce has done it before, we can relax and
play good football. He was linked with Swansea, Sam Allardyce. It was
amazing when the fans were talking and they were saying, he will keep
us up at all costs, but the football won't be very pretty. He was given.
Because he does have this amazing record. When you read player
autobiographies, it is amazing how confidence comes into it and how
important it is. You would just think players can their own
confidence, but they are like sensitive singer songwriters. If
they don't score for ten games, they doubt everything. Our players, when
we go a goal down, head strop. We need big characters in our team.
Ashley Williams was the one who used to lift and galvanise the players
when the chips were down. We don't keep clean sheets and we don't score
goals. In a nutshell. Clement said he should be sacked and then
re-employed to get the bounce back. The first eight games he has won
three out of four. I was at his first game at Crystal Palace. I was
at Anfield as well. When we beat Liverpool at Anfield I thought,
we're not safe, but he is going to do it. He has had an amazing impact.
Hull, they haven't got a great squad of players? They made some smart
business decisions in January. They lost Livermore and Snodgrass but he
does have some decent players in. I saw them at the weekend against
Stoke. I think they have a better chance than Swansea. Did you get
that? Their away form is horrible, they missed a lot of chances at the
weekend. Hull's home form will be enough to keep them up. Third spot,
Middlesbrough and Sunderland are gone, who will it be filled by?
Swansea. Swansea have their chance, one point. Winnable games. Thanks,
never thought that would happen. Burnley are in 14th place, but they
have only won once in their last ten games and the only Premier League
team without an away victory this season. We have been to the
Lancashire countryside to talk to Shaun Batt I should.
Do you feel safe now, sitting here? Finding Boyd! A turf war erupts!
Know, one thing I definitely know about the Premier League, all levels
of football, but this is especially unforgiving. Good runs come round,
awkward runs come round equally as quickly, sometimes more so when you
are not the superpower of the division. So far we have had a good
season, and I would agree with people. We are really keen and
working hard with the group to make sure we do what we have too. I know
you almost sick of talking about this but if you look at Turf Moor,
ten wins is almost unbelievable and achievement but you search for that
first win away from home? I'm not sick of talking about it, it is
there to be spoken about, an anomaly that is there to be mentioned.
We have been closing games, delivering good enough performances
to get a win, we haven't got that. Margins have been equally tight at
home, sometimes away you need that. Whether it is luck, or good play.
The main thing for me, it's points on the board. That has always been
the goal this season. See hominy points you get on the board and at
the end of the season, you will know. Is the way you get those
points important to you? It is a game of opinions and some Burnley
fans would say that Boyd and Armfield are Sean Dyche players,
what about others? Fans are open to their opinions, they have a bigger
say than ever. That's no problem to me. The fact I work is that the team
is the strength. Nothing against even, he is a fine player but has to
fit into the team on any given day to make it work. And he has had his
injuries as well. That is superb from Jeff Hendrick 's! That was like
Schmeichel! How difficult is it to manage Premier League players with
everything that goes on around Premier League football? I wouldn't
have said if you years ago that I would have imagined they are
superpower clubs. It's like having 25 mini companies. A lot of these
players now are not about just the players, they have agents, Private
physios, private sports scientists, that is different here. We are not a
giant club. My players don't have two or three
agents and specialists, etc. One of the things that is clear in
management is that every manager, whatever level, have their own
challenges. You have the ridges and the magnificent players, but they
take managing -- riches. To get them successful and winning
games, ultimately. Everybody has their own challenges, mine or the
realities of financing the club and balance that against the team's
production, the players being successful for them and the team. In
general, the Premier League for anyone involved is all consuming,
can you easily switch from the bubble that is the Premier League? I
don't think so easily, but you get more used to it. You have those
times away from the realities, with your family and things like that.
It comes with raising their profile, Burnley are not giants of the
division but because of the exposure you get recognised a lot more. I
blend well, as you can imagine! Most people say, in my experience, it has
been pleasant. Most fans know the hierarchy of the
league, not just on a piece of paper, they know where we are in the
grand scheme of things. They haven't been of empathy that it
is a tough challenge for us all of the time. You look to outperform the
market. The keyboard warriors sometimes hide behind acidic terms,
but mostly when you meet people they are decent. From the, Darryl Rice
say it, the worldwide perspective, there is no doubt that everybody is
delighted that Pep Guardiola is here, and Antonio Conte has come for
stock as a young English manager, are you ambitious in the Premier
League? Do you think one day that you would like a crack at that?
Absolutely, as a player you maximise your soft and it's the same as
manager. One thing people forget is that a lot of managers in the
Premier League have been successful in their own right -- maximise
yourself. Not many come from nowhere. But it
is the English Premier League, is it important that one day an English
manager wins the title in the English Premier League? It would be
helpful, it enhances that there are some very good English managers and
coaches out there. Eddie Howe for example has done an
amazing job. An absolutely fantastic job. If they don't build a statue of
him at Bournemouth, I don't know who would! All we can do as British
coaches is keep working hard and try to be successful. Over time maybe we
will be recognised from one of the biggest clubs? Who knows? And from
the supporters view at the weekend this is one of those games, with
Zlatan Ibrahimovic... Especially in these parts, the north-west hotbed
of football that it is, we have been on the rise for the last few years
and playing some of the superpowers of football, for Burnley fans they
will be quietly delighted. Even those who question why I don't
play Steven! They will be delighted. -- why I don't placed even before.
He scores for Burnley! In this wonderful Lancashire setting, can
you clear up the story about the Friday for bits and the players
going in this river? It's grown legs somewhere, it's a bit of banter with
the lads, it isn't weakly. We made one team out of three teams who lost
a round robin, and we made them sit in there for a minute.
Good fun for the lads on the bridge behind me. We don't do it every
week, it isn't a coaching plan! Not something you learn on the Pro
Licence? You would be surprised that this range stories going out. It is
cold, no matter what time of year, trust me! I will decline your
invitation but thank you for your time!
They are not mathematically safe yet...
Burnley have been in the Premier League before
Will they do it? The Swansea team are in real trouble, but Shaun Daesh
is a realist. He knows the players that he has, and their strengths and
weaknesses. And he plays to their strengths. They are organised, they
have more of a goal threat this season compared to last time they
were in the Premier League. He's done an unbelievable job and I
thought at the start of the season they would be in a relegation scrap.
They are not really down where Swansea and Hull are at the moment,
fighting for their lives. What do you admire about what he's done from
a distance? He looks like someone who can motivate the players, he
looks like a shout and personally I would not respond to that, but a lot
of footballers do -- shouter. And Turf Moor is a very old-fashioned
ground, they've got that going for them. They are an anomaly in their
home form? Yes, it's a different experience going there to Old
Trafford or the emirates or Anfield. Did that bother you? That the fans
were right on top of you? Not really, it's an old-fashioned ground
but they've got a tremendous home form, but I disagree about the
shouting thing, in terms of... It is the information. Players will see
through a manager if they are talking nonsense in a second. The
Burnley, they do not play fantasy couple. He keeps the players
grounded. That is why they have been successful this season -- but
Burnley do not play Fantasy Football Club appears a fan of Howe, he wants
a statue of him at Bournemouth. There are not many managers like
that in the Premier League, where can they take Burnley? Do they have
too aspired to be stoic, cementing a place in the middle of the Premier
League? I think that Burnley fans will take that, don't get too far
ahead of themselves -- should they aspire to be Stoke?
Elis' good friend, John Robins, lives and breathes football.
Cheers! Hi, I'm comedian and digital DJ John Robins. Ask any man on the
street what they associate with me and they will tell you... Who?
That's right, football! I've got all of the kit, get there, I play once a
week, you're welcome! And I know all of the lingo... Oh rest, you silly
goose can he touched it with his hand! The beautiful game, the
correct run, massive that snooker, call it what you will, I love
football! -- massive City soon .
But I have a secret, I've never been to a game. You aren't a real fan.
You aren't a real fan. As tedious and argument as it is possible to
have come as you don't get it in any other sport. I'm upset with the
Ryder Cup, utterly absurd. Nobody has had a go at me for not flying to
Madonna in 2012. Like a normal human being I watched it in a friend 's
flat and scared a girl I did not know by screaming at Martin Kaymer.
So, why don't you go? Why don't you go and watch the beautiful lake
tennis from those hallowed plinths? I will tell you why. I don't like
crowds, I don't like noise, I don't like traffic. Cheers! I don't like
chanting on public transport.
I don't like aggression of any kind. In the privacy of my own home,
screaming into my own mirror though...
You... I get it, you pity me. Because I'm not a real fan! All, sod
off! I like sofas and a 1-person, 1-person policy. -- toilet policy. I
like solitude! For the armchair and use yes, maybe that should not be a
derogatory term any more. They are amazing! Maybe you are supposed to
take the Mickey and utter those dreaded words, that you aren't a
real fan. How many times have you heard this? The atmosphere was
amazing, you were ten minutes late because of the traffic I missed the
first goal because I was at the bar, it was amazing but you wouldn't know
that, would you? No, I wouldn't. Cheers!
I can't imagine you've got a lot of empathy with John there, he's never
been to a football match but he is a fan, do you understand that? You are
right, no empathy! I can see why you are friends! I can't believe you
haven't managed to persuade him to come with you! On a sunny Saturday
afternoon to watch Swansea... I tried my best, you really doesn't
like crowds. I should start him off with a preseason game or testimonial
game. -- he really does not like crowds. I would want him to go to
Cardiff or the FA Cup. I do not think he would like it, and Old Firm
game, or into Milan versus AC Milan. He is a huge golf fan, I get that
point, but he's never been to the Ryder Cup. There are some pure and
chess boards fans. Maybe we made it too easy? You did not have the
amount of sport on TV that we do now when you were kids... -- pure
armchair sports fans. You don't have to defend your friendship! It's an
awkward position... I know a lot of tennis fans who have been to
Wimbledon... It is difficult to get tickets?! Those who do not support
those sports in the same way that football fan support football teams,
it is a different culture and he likes to sit at home watching. One
of the reasons I could not get him down to the football pitch, he likes
his own toilet and ours are the worst in the league! I was thinking,
nobody has two suffer this. This is the worst toilet experience... But
they have improved now? I don't like them, they are to clean! I don't
think John will be going to a football match any time soon...
There's live football on the BBC this weekend
with the tantalising FA Cup semifinal between the
Join Gary Lineker with Frank Lampard, Jermaine Jenas
and Alan Shearer on Saturday for Chelsea versus Tottenham
I think you've witnessed the start of something special between Chris
and Elis. He's my new best friend, or my dad!
We'll be back in two weeks' time with some special
guests in Leicester, so please join us then.
Don't forget, if you've missed anything you can always catch up
with the Premier League Show on the BBC iPlayer.
And whether your team is at the bottom of the league
or at the top, I hope you have a great weekend.
Gabby Logan is joined by Chris Sutton and comedian Elis James to look at the latest news in the Premier League. Plus Steve Bower goes to meet Sean Dyche to take a look at the psychology of being in a relegation fight.