As Burnley scours CVs for someone capable of keeping them in the Premier League, former Clarets player Keith Treacy believes they have just sacked the one man who could retain their top-flight status.

nd Treacy, who played 46 games for Burnley under Sean Dyche (2012-14), feels great sympathy for his former boss who was sacked yesterday. “The thing about Dyche was he was an amazing man-manager, he knew how to get the best out of every individual no matter who they were,” says former Irishman Treacy, who admits his own issues off the field posed a challenge for Dyche.

“With me, he knew when he could give me a whiplash and when he had to put his arm around me. There were times when he was wrong but we never had a fight and he was always professional, he was telling me ‘son, I’m going to punish you for doing x’, but once the punishment was over, it was done, he didn’t let things linger.

“And I can’t imagine anyone in that Burnley dressing room being happy that he’s been sacked. Sometimes when a manager leaves the players think, ‘I’ll get my chance now’ or ‘we can play some a different way”.

“But that won’t be the case at Burnley. He was an overachievers there, nine and a half years and he overachieved for most of that time. With the players and the budget he had, he made wonders .”

With Dyche gone, Treacy sees no hope of survival. “The best man for this run-in is Sean Dyche, the best man to hold them up, or get them back up if they go down, is Sean Dyche, and the club got rid of him.

“I think they are gone now, but they were probably gone when they sold Chris Wood in January, selling their best player to their closest rivals, which sent the message that the board was not not behind the club.

“I don’t see what more Dyche could have done with the resources he had. Burnley were exactly where they should have been, given their budget and available players, it was the only year under Dyche where they didn’t exceed expectations and they pulled the trigger.

“The board made a change for the sake of the change, they expected to be criticized if they were relegated this season, so they rolled the dice in hopes of getting out of jail, but the best thing would have been to stay with him.”

Treacy publicly admitted that he did not behave as he should while at Burnley, first under Eddie Howe and then his successor, Dyche. “He cared about me as a human being. My other managers cared about me, but only when I was fit and able to play.

“When Sean arrived at Burnley, Eddie Howe fined me six weeks for showing up to training drunk. On Sean’s first day, he put his arm around me and went make me understand,” says Treacy, who recalls one-on-one sessions in between, chatting while jogging around Burnley.

“He got to know me on a personal level and he drew me in. I always remember him saying to me, I don’t mind if you become a Burnley legend or if you never play for me again. the club, if I can make you a better person, give you some peace of mind, I’m doing my job as a manager.

“He was the only coach who cared about me as a person, not just a commodity as a footballer. He finally let me leave the club, but I still liked the guy, he was interested in the no one behind the footballer. He was talking to anyone, he would sit and chat with the club tea lady for 20 minutes. He will be back to management.