Saracens hoping to benefit from Sean Dyche talk

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Saracens hope Burnley manager Sean Dyche can help turn around their season


Saracens hoping to benefit from Sean Dyche talk to turn around Premiership title defence

  • Saracens have suffered back-to-back away defeats in the Premiership
  • Director of rugby Mark McCall brought in Sean Dyche for a motivational chat
  • The club have also had AP McCoy Alastair Campbell and Jim McGuinness in

Will Kelleher For The Daily Mail

Saracens may be welcoming Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola back into European action this Sunday, but their biggest boost this week came from an unlikely source – Sean Dyche.

The Burnley manager visited English rugby’s champions this week at their St Albans training base and gave a motivational talk.

And while Dyche’s European exploits have not been as storied as Sarries’ – with an early Europa League exit at the play-off stage to Olympiacos at the start of this season – the north Londoners waxed lyrical about the 47-year-old’s impact.

Saracens hope Burnley manager Sean Dyche can help turn around their season

Saracens hope Burnley manager Sean Dyche can help turn around their season

‘One of the boys actually called him Sean Allar-dyche, but it was good,’ laughed Vunipola.

‘I liked how down to earth he was. It was amazing to see someone in his position in the Premier League being so open and honest.

‘A lot of it was gold. When he came into the job he promised the fans they would see sweat on the shirt.

‘Something we hold in high regard is work rate and as soon as he said that it hit the spot with me.

‘That’s down to desire. I’ve seen a few of their games and you don’t know who the players are but they are whizzing around just smashing it.’

The Saracens have had AP McCoy, Alastair Campbell and Donegal Gaelic football manager Jim McGuinness in recently.

Director of rugby Mark McCall invited the Burnley boss to address the players

Director of rugby Mark McCall invited the Burnley boss to address the players

Director of rugby Mark McCall invited the Burnley boss to address the players

They formed an allegiance with Burnley in the autumn, going up to Lancashire in November.

And director of rugby Mark McCall was impressed with Dyche, who explained Burnley’s slump.

‘Last year they over-achieved and he admitted that,’ said McCall.

‘He felt with a little bit of success sometimes, some players – even marginally – can do things they weren’t doing last year and take little shortcuts and get distracted by small things.

Saracens have suffered back-to-back away defeats in the defence of their Premiership title

Saracens have suffered back-to-back away defeats in the defence of their Premiership title

Saracens have suffered back-to-back away defeats in the defence of their Premiership title

‘It is a good reminder for us to make sure we are not taking those shortcuts.’

Wasps, Bath and Leicester are all already out with Exeter, Gloucester and Newcastle clinging on – so Sarries, who go to Lyon on Sunday, are flying the English flag on the continent once more.

And they are delighted to have Itoje back starting. He has recovered from a chipped knee-cap which had kept him out for five weeks.

‘He is one of the great energy givers who leads through his actions and is the kind of guy you want to follow,’ added McCall.

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