Sean Dyche has no plans to stick around as long as Hodgson

Sean Dyche passes 500 games in management but Everton boss has no plans to stick around as long as 76-year-old Roy Hodgson… as the Toffees chase third straight win in Luton clash

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Sean Dyche isn’t planning on emulating Roy Hodgson as he begins his second set of 500 games in management.

The Everton boss celebrated his 500 milestone with a Carabao Cup win at Aston Villa on Wednesday night and the 52-year-old quipped: ‘It makes me feel older!

‘Who knows if I will make the thousand club. I won’t be going on as long as Roy for sure, and I’ve told him that.’

At 76, Hodgson is the oldest Premier League manager there’s ever been having began as a manager in 1976.

Dyche has more immediate concerns with Everton aiming to build on two consecutive wins with key home games against Luton and Bournemouth, who are also at the wrong end of the Premier League table.

Sean Dyche (left) has reached 500 matches in management but admits he has no intention of carrying on for as long as 76-year-old Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson (middle)

Dyche applauds the Everton fans following Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup win at Villa Park

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‘The win at Villa was something the players were due after some of the performances they’ve given,’ said Dyche ahead of Saturday’s visit to Goodison Park by the Hatters.

‘These are small steps to a bigger picture. We changed formation (to 3-4-3) and the players were very clear-minded to the way they took to it.’

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored in both of Everton’s wins having been blighted by injury for a significant part of the last two years.

‘I am pleased for him,’ added Dyche who now has the dilemma of whether to start with the centre-forward again.

‘We know we are building him back into first-team football which is why we took him off early at Villa. He can only get fitter and sharper.

‘Jack Harrison also did well in his first game for us. For someone who has hardly had any matches, he was really sharp.

‘We have been trying to work our attacking options. Of course, strikers are there to score goals, the love it and we love it – but it’s also about the team.’

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored Everton’s second goal in the League Cup win against Aston Villa

Calvert-Lewin scored for the second consecutive match following his return from injury

Former Manchester United midfielder James Garner opened the scoring for the Toffees

Everton have lost their first three home games 1-0 but will be favourites to beat newly-promoted Luton who are looking for their opening victory.

‘We certainly don’t take anyone lightly,’ said the Everton boss. ‘The mindset has to be to deliver when the opening whistle goes.

‘When I arrived, we had an unbalanced squad. Currently it is getting there, but not there because of injuries. We knew we would have to go with skinnier numbers but generally, the performances have been good.’

Ukrainian defender Vitaliy Mykolenko will be assessed for the weekend after he came off at half-time on Wednesday with a knock.


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