New boss determined to drive Clarets forward
New boss Sean Dyche insists he had no hesitation in accepting the job as Burnley manager.
Dyche’s appointment was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon after final contractual details had been ironed out.
But the former Watford manager - who watched the Clarets lose at Cardiff City last Saturday before taking training for the first time on Tuesday morning - revealed that his decision to say ‘yes’ to the Burnley board was an instant one.
He said: “It feels fantastic to be invited to be the manager of a great club.
“It didn’t take me any time at all to accept the role, despite popular misconceptions.
“I wasn’t at home having the weekend to think about it. I decided instantly and we got on with things as quickly as we could, but things still need to be put into place contractually.
“I was at Cardiff on Saturday to have a look at that and it was finally great to get out with the players on Tuesday.
“This is a club in some kind of transition after a spell in the Premier League, but it is clearly a club that wants to build and move forward and I desperately want to be a part of that and make sure that we do that.”
Sean Dyche takes training at Gawthorpe for the first time
Dyche and his new coaching staff of assistant manager Ian Woan and first-team coach Tony Loughlan wasted no time in getting down to work with the senior squad at Gawthorpe.
The 41-year-old brings a new set of ideas to Turf Moor after replacing Eddie Howe as manager but admitted that bar looking to bring about a defensive improvement will not be triggering a major revolution.
“We want to stamp our own authority on things and give the players food for thought, but not change radically,” Dyche added.
“We love the way the team attacks and we will definitely be using that to our advantage.
“But it’s fair to say I think it needs shoring up a bit and the framework the team uses needs tightening slightly, so we will be looking to effect that and hopefully continue to score a lot of goals. That’s the aim.”
Dyche’s first game in charge will be against Wolves at Turf Moor on Saturday in the first leg of a big home double-header with Leeds United the visitors next Tuesday night.
And the former central defender, whose playing career boasts four promotions from spells with Chesterfield, Bristol City, Millwall, Watford and Northampton Town, is looking to strike up a winning formula in tandem with the supporters.
“I have always enjoyed coming here,” he said. “I played here many moons ago when the club was building from the bottom divisions.
“I always knew they had a real fan-base that cared about the club and I think that’s important.
“I always got the feeling that the people of Burnley don’t jump on a bus and go and watch Manchester City or Manchester United.
“I always felt the local people supported their club and that’s a fantastic thing to have because that union and what we are trying to achieve here is very important.”