Take your cake and eat it! Sean Dyche threatens to fine Burnley players if they DO NOT bring sweet treats for teammates when celebrating their birthday
- Sean Dyche wants his players to celebrate their birthdays to bring cakes for the team
- Burnley boss has jokingly threatened to fine those who break the rules
- Clarets winger Dwight McNeil delivered brownies to his teammates this week
- England U21 international shares his manager’s passion for sweet treats
Sweet-toothed Burnley boss Sean Dyche has threatened to fine his players if they DO NOT eat pie.
The Clarets host Tottenham, where new head coach Antonio Conte has imposed a strict dietary regime to ban carbonated drinks and ketchup from the training ground.
Turf Moor chief Dyche has gone the other way by sacking his players for failing to turn it into a really crazy fight for the squad when they celebrate their birthday.
Sean Dyche reportedly fines his players if they don’t bring cakes for their birthdays
Dwight McNeil turned 22 this week, and the winger made sure to stay on the manager’s side by stopping by the local bakery on his way to practice to stock up on some goodies.
The England Under-21 international revealed: ‘We have our exercise scientists who always keep us updated on our diet, and we get weighed every day and do body fat readings all the time, so we’re on top of it.
“The only time that changes is when it’s someone’s birthday. If you don’t bring pies for the rest of the guys on your birthday, you’ll be fined.
Spurs manager Antonio Conte has banned soda and ketchup from the training ground
“I picked up some different brownies this week at a bakery not too far away. It’s good for players to treat themselves when it’s a special occasion, when the time is right.”
Like Dyche, McNeil is a huge fan of Marvel Comics – and he celebrated his special day with a giant Spiderman pie from his family.
He added: “My missus gave me a ring, and also because I’m big on my Marvel, she gave me a huge Spiderman pie.
Burnley winger Dwight McNeil treated his teammates to pies after turning 22 this week
‘I didn’t eat too much of it, I left that to my sister, she had a lot! Frankly, I feel a little old now. I liked being 21 because you’re still young. The boys tell me it’s all going downhill now, then I’m going to feel things!’
Pies aren’t the only guilty pleasure McNeil enjoys from time to time, and he added:
“My lady goes on and on about how I can be bad with Coca-Cola.
“Out of season when I’m on vacation, I have that, because I’m not that fond of alcohol. I’ve never been a heavy drinker, it never really appealed to me, I prefer a can of Coke.’
England U21 international shares his manager’s passion for candy and Marvel comics
McNeil has played more than eight months and 23 games since he last found the net, but it’s a drought that may be explained by his lofty position of fifth in the Premier League tackle charts – what his work of the ball emphasized in a series that has just seen the Clarets beaten once in their last seven league outings.
He added: “I am getting caned from the boys for not scoring more, especially from James Tarkowski almost every day as he has scored more than me from defense this season.
“I’m just trying to put myself in the best position for the team as I learn more about the game and hopefully become a more complete player. I want to show that I can play both sides of the game.’