Sean Dyche has been named as the new manager at Burnley

Sean Dyche: In charge at Turf Moor

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Burnley have appointed Sean Dyche as their new manager on a two-and-a-half year contract.

Dyche will work with the former Nottingham Forest pair of Ian Woan and Tony Loughlan in his senior coaching team.

The 41-year-old spent last season in charge of Watford but his contract was terminated in July following a change of ownership at the club.

Dyche guided the Hornets to 11th place in the Championship last term, their highest finish since the 2007-08 campaign, but was replaced by Gianfranco Zola.

He was appointed to a temporary role in the England U21 backroom staff in September but is likely to relinquish that post after taking over at Turf Moor.

The Clarets had been without a permanent manager since Eddie Howe left to join League One side Bournemouth earlier this month.

Burnley co-chairmen John Banaszkiewicz and Mike Garlick welcomed Dyche to the club.

A joint-statement read: "Sean was the outstanding candidate following an extensive and structured interviewing process to find the right manager to fit in with our vision for the club.

"He is a natural leader with real presence who did a marvellous job at Watford last season in his first managerial role at a club with its roots firmly in the community.

"His commitment to a very strong and successful youth system was clear at a club with close parallels to our own, and Sean is especially keen to develop stronger links between Burnley Football Club and the local community.

"These attributes, complemented by a fantastic ability to maximise resources in taking Watford to their highest position since relegation from the Premier League in 2008 (2007), make us confident Sean is the right man to take this club forward."