Gaffer's reaction to Austin departure
Sean Dyche insisted the Clarets did everything in their financial power to keep hold of striker Charlie Austin.
And the Burnley boss threw down the gauntlet to his strikers to step up and replace last year’s 28-goal striker.
Austin left Turf Moor on Thursday after two-and-a-half golden years to join Queens Park Rangers in a lucrative, three-year deal.
Dyche, who admitted the timing could not have been worse, on the eve of the new season, said: “Charlie has been a great servant to the club and a great lad who I enjoyed working with as well, I must say.
“The facts are we did start talks with him and we wanted to keep him at the club.
“But obviously the financial power of some of these other clubs can overwhelm us at times, so he and the club had to make a decision.
“It is just modern football and one of those things. It comes to a point where Charlie had one year left on his contract and we had spoken to him about that.
“I must make it clear that there was never a fall out or a ‘no chance’. He thoroughly enjoyed his time here and made that clear, but we can’t compete with the numbers on the contracts that others can put forward to players.
“With one year left, you also have to get what is right and appropriate for the club going forward, to safeguard the future of the club financially.
“But we did make those efforts and Charlie was very respectful of that and goes with our blessing.
“His is a young man bettering himself financially in the footballing word.
“We felt he had a good home and I am sure he enjoyed it, but now he’s off to another one.”
Austin’s departure leaves Dyche with three first choice strikers at his disposal as he prepares for Saturday’s visit of Bolton Wanderers.
But the Clarets boss, who has seen Danny Ings score five goals in four pre-season games, hopes to recycle some of the undisclosed fee to re-strengthen his strike force.
He added: “We have had things going on behind the scenes. There is a financial balance that has to be found because the short, medium and long terms need to be accounted for.
“But we are active and it takes things to fall into place, so we’ll see how we can effect it.
“More immediately though, we effect it in-house. Players should be chomping at the bit for the chance and it’s a great opening for someone to say ‘I am ready and I’m going to deliver’.
“It’s a nice chance for someone else to stand up to the plate and become their own version of Charlie!”