Burnley boss is focused on success at Turf Moor
Sean Dyche insists he is only interested in the future as he prepares to take on former club Watford on Saturday.
Dyche – along with his backroom staff of Ian Woan and Tony Loughlan – was axed by the Hornets in the summer despite a successful 12 months as manager at Vicarage Road in which he led the club to their highest League finish for four years.
The former Watford skipper was replaced by Gianfranco Zola after Watford was bought out by the Pozzo family.
They have since instigated a massive changeover of personnel with a dozen players on loan from Udinese and Granada, where the Pozzos also have a controlling interest.
But Dyche, who spent almost a decade at Watford as player, coach and manager, bears no grudges from his time in Hertfordshire as he looks to make a success of his job at Turf Moor.
“My mentality towards ex-clubs is it’s gone, it’s past and I am looking for present and future,” he said.
“There’s not a worry about that and it (Watford) has changed. The whole feel of the place has changed, quite radically since I was there. It’s a different kind of vehicle they are driving there.
“I had a good time there. I enjoyed it. It was a big part of my progress, as well as hoping we rubbed off some good things on the club.
Sean Dyche faces his former club
“The rest of it is incidental. The good side of coming out of there is that I am now at Burnley and enjoying what we have done so far and hoping to build further what we are doing here.”
Watford come to Turf Moor on the back of a first defeat in eight games after climbing into the top six.
But a win for the Clarets would take them to within two points of the Hornets and Dyche’s sole concern is making progress back up the Championship table.
“It is another game and another important game, of course,” added the Burnley boss.
“We want to give another good performance at home, which we have done recently, and add to the points’ tally.
“I am only really concerned at looking at how our team plays to get three points. That’s my main thought.”
To celebrate Dychember, ticket prices are reduced for Saturday’s game with admission set at £10 adults, £5 seniors, 16-18-year-olds and students and £1 under-16s.