Burnley manager Sean Dyche has moved to laugh off claims that his gravelly voice was down to a penchant for eating earthworms.
Dyche’s former Bristol City teammate Soren Andersen is alleged to have made the bizarre claim on a Danish podcast this week, leading to the question being put to the Burnley boss ahead of this weekend’ Premier League clash with Manchester United at Turf Moor.
The former Watford boss insists that Andersen has got the wrong end of the stick regarding an old training ground prank:
“I also smoke exhaust pipes. I have gravel for breakfast. Those three combined often are the things that keep this voice sounding how it is. It’s fair to say I didn’t actually eat the worms.”
“It was a bit of banter I used to have – I’ve done it here and Watford too – that you get a nice, big juicy worm hanging out of your mouth.
“Look as if you’re chewing it and then spit it out, wash your mouth with water. It was a bit of banter than Soren has probably taking it a bit too far, he was probably turning away at that moment. He’s a good lad.
“For the record, I definitely don’t eat worms and I never did.”
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) January 18, 2018
That said, not everyone is on board with Dyche’s version of events…
That’s exactly what a worm eater would say.
— Goodbye Theo (@lacazettesgiven) January 18, 2018
Burnley are currently exceeding all expectations in the Premier League this season, occupying seventh place in the table as they look to stay in contention for a Europa League place.