Gaffer steps up summer planning following Wolves win
Sean Dyche could give some of his fringe players a chance to shine in the final Championship game of the season this weekend.
The Clarets’ summer plans can now be put into overdrive following the 2-1 win at Wolves, which finally ended all relegation fears.
Incredible, Burnley can still ensure a top ten finish should they beat Ipswich Town at Turf Moor on Saturday (12.45pm KO).
But Dyche, who has first-team regulars Lee Grant, Michael Duff, Dean Marney, Chris McCann and Martin Paterson out of contract next month, believes he also has to assess the youngsters on the club’s books as he looks to freshen up his squad in the coming months.
The Clarets boss said: “Blooding a few youngsters is in my thoughts.
“I was looking at that seven games ago, but due to the madness of this division never had the chance.
“But we have to see what’s available for next season and we have got contract situations (to resolve) that have been there all year.
“That’s been a tough challenge to keep the players motivated and stimulated to play for this club while they are looking over their shoulders and what-ifs.
“But we will definitely look at some of those younger players now, and whether they are on the bench or not they will be in and around it somewhere.
Dyche accepts he will not have the veritable riches many of his Championship peers will have at their disposal over the summer.
Burnley do have the final instalment of their four-year parachute payments to supplement the playing budget.
But the Clarets boss still believes he can assemble a squad capable of being competitive in the 2013/14 season.
He explained: “The Championship has been incredible this year and we can’t compete with these clubs – and our neighbours – with £30m, £40m or £50m wage bills.
“So we have to develop, be solid in our organisation and have a good feel about the club.
“Results are what people are interested in, but I know what has been going on behind the scenes and there have been some challenges for us.
“There still are going forward and the finances will have to be looked at carefully and so will the contracts.
“We haven’t spent a penny and we haven’t brought a player in, so we will hopefully look to change that to give us a fresher look and build.”