Burnley boss Sean Dyche has revealed that he was told by an unnamed Premier League manager that he needs to tell his own players to dive if they wish to beat the drop.
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Following their battling 1-0 defeat to the top flight’s form team Arsenal last weekend, the Clarets sit second-bottom in the table. However, they are just two points off safety with six games to go, a position that given their budget, they may well have taken at the start of the season.
Nevertheless, the former Watford manager has previously been told that if they wish to secure a second consecutive season at England’s top table, they need to start employing some underhand tactics, the Daily Express report. However, Dyche has refused to take the advice on board.
“One prominent manager said to me, ‘You should get your players to move with the times’.
“It’s not my belief. You should play the game properly,” he explained.
Dyche expressed his sorrow that players throwing themselves to the floor has become common practice at all levels of the game, and feels there is now just one way to eliminate it.
“You hope in the future there will be retrospective bans to clear that up, because I don’t think any fan wants to see it,” he added.