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Chelsea youth player George Nunn wears shin pads with Sean Dyche on them

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Sean Dyche has done a remarkable job at Burnley since joining the club back in 2012.

The 47-year-old - who spent his professional career in the Football League, playing for the likes of Chesterfield, Millwall and Watford - has made Burnley consistently punch above their weight since taking the reins six years ago.

Not only has he led the Clarets to promotion to the Premier League twice; he also led the club to their best league finish since 1974 last season.

Finishing seventh was a stunning achievement by Dyche, who was a little unlucky to miss out on the LMA’s Manager of the Season award to Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola.

It’s hard to imagine that any other coach could have done a better job with that group of players last term.

Although Burnley’s players obviously love playing under Dyche, it’s fair to assume that none of them would choose to wear a pair of shin pads featuring a photo of their manager’s face.

For one lad at Chelsea, though, it’s a different story.

Meet George Nunn, a 17-year-old who signed his first professional contract with the Blues earlier this week.

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The young striker’s shin pads feature a photo of the man affectionately known as the ‘Ginger Mourinho’, alongside the motivational quote "What I expect is maximum effort” - but the obvious question is why?

It seems totally random and utterly bizarre.

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Well, it turns out there is a reason - thankfully - and it’s quite sweet, really.

"My dad was never really big on football but he does look like Sean Dyche, which has become a bit of a long-standing joke between us,” Nunn was quoted as saying by The Sun.

"He even started sending pictures of him to me before every game as a sort of good luck message, which I know sounds a bit weird.

"My phone would go off in the changing room at Crewe and it would be a picture of Sean Dyche.

"Now, instead of him messaging me all the time, I have Dyche’s face on my shin pads!"

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Teenagers, eh?

You have to wonder how long he’ll keep this up for.

If Nunn achieves his dream of breaking into Chelsea’s first team, the first thing his teammates will do is rip him for wearing shin pads with Dyche’s face on.

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That said, it will definitely raise a few smiles in the dressing room first.

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