Former Watford manager Sean Dyche has joined the England Under 21 backroom staff ahead of tonight’s European Championship qualifier against Norway.
Dyche was sacked by the Hornets in the summer following the appointment of Gianfranco Zola.
Dyche used to play with current Under 21 manager Stuart Pearce at Nottingham Forest and the England team sometimes use Watford’s training ground to prepare for games.
“I knew Stuart when I was a young player at Forest,” Dyche told the FA’s website. “I stayed living in Nottingham even when I moved to Chesterfield, so through my friends Ian Woan and Steve Stone, who were apprentices with me, I got to know him even more.”
“When I came out of playing I asked if I could go along and watch some sessions at Man City when he was there. And Stuart kindly invited me up to St. George’s Park with the team this week to see what’s what and it’s fantastic.”
England Under 21s now use the recently opened St George’s Park, near to where they face Norway tonight, at Chesterfield’s stadium.
England need a win against Norway to seal qualification, if not they will go into October’s play-offs.
41-year-old Dyche also told the FA’s website:
The 41-year-old added: “I’ve been to watch Under-21s sessions a number of times over the last few years, but this is the first time I’ve been in behind the scenes. It’s been really good for me, I’ve sat in the meetings, joined in with training and just got a feeling of what the actual preparation is like in the build-up to an important game.
“When you are in a job, sometimes you can get so into it that you forget what’s going on in the wider world. It’s nice to have a little window to go and reflect and look at others, share stories and practices and get a visual on it.
“When I went in to work and Watford and you’re in the coaching circles you speak to a lot of other coaches to help in your own development.
“It’s all part of the learning curve. I’m still a young coach-manager, so by no means do I think I’m the finished article with all the answers. I’m not sure anyone is.”