The FAI Cup Final in the Aviva Stadium will have one curious spectator in the stand as Burnley boss Sean Dyche is set to attend to watch over Dundalk full-back Sean Gannon and Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne.
Per Mark McCadden in the Irish Daily Star, Dyche will be in Dublin for the tie next month.
Report in The Irish Daily Star today from @markmccadden that Burnley boss Sean Dyche is to attend the FAI Cup final next month to run the rule over Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne and Dundalk right-back Sean Gannon
— James Rogers (@jamesdundalk) October 7, 2019
It comes shortly after Byrne made his Republic of Ireland debut. The creative number 10 has been in superb form this season. He returned to Dublin after an unhappy stint with Oldham and said last month that he is happy with how things have unfolded since.
Sometimes you just have to reset, take one step back and two steps forward. I’m grateful that I’m back, touchwood, playing well again.
Meanwhile, Gannon has been a mainstay for treble-seeking Dundalk this year.
Dyche has a policy of only signing players suited to the league and who he knows about. Burnley have recently strengthened their midfield with the signing of Danny Drinkwater. This came after Steven Defour, who made 51 appearances for the club, left last summer by mutual consent.
As for right-back, the club have selected 30-year old Matthew Lawton or 34-year old Phil Bardsley.
The prospect of a modest transfer fee would also prove enticing for the Premier League outfit.