Clarets boss lays down new challenge to players
Sean Dyche insists he is happy with the progress being made after just over a year in the Burnley hot-seat.
The Clarets boss comes up against his predecessor, Eddie Howe, in this weekend’s Turf Moor clash with Bournemouth (3pm Saturday).
Dyche as Watford boss, up against former Clarets boss Howe
Back-to-back Championship Manager of the Month awards - and three successive nominations - have been the reward for a remarkable start to Dyche’s first full season in charge of the club.
And with parallels inevitably being drawn by Howe’s imminent return, the Clarets boss insists he is delighted at the application of the squad.
Dyche said: “I rang Eddie and wished him well when he left, and then picked his brains about what he thought was here and what he left.
“It was only pointers, and I think most managers do that.
“He told me what he thought and then I applied the things I felt we could change in a way we want to go about things.
“There are things I feel we have changed in-house, but it’s not about rights or wrongs; it’s about my way of going about my business and getting the players to believe in that and deliver it.
“Last year there were questions about what I was attempting to do and there were also questions about the players and the staff.
“But the reality is you have to galvanise your own thoughts and believe in what you do for the betterment of the club and I sleep easy with what we have done here.
“It’s a fantastic job and we are all enjoying the challenges in front of us.
“I like the idea of developing myself and those around me in order to be successful and that’s my focus.
“The challenge is to go again and again and be relentless and that starts this weekend.”
The latest challenge for the Clarets is to go into another international break sitting on top of the Championship table.
Victory over the Cherries, who have never won at Turf Moor, would assure that outcome.
And Dyche, who was this morning celebrating his second personal accolade in as many months, insists his players deserve all the credit for the Clarets continuing to confound their doubters.
He said: “I take the award graciously on behalf of myself, my staff and the players and the club.
“It’s nice to be recognised, but it’s the players who inevitably go out and deliver the performances.
“Myself and my staff just prepare them in what we feel is the right manner and they have done that again, so I am pleased that we’ve placed another marker down in the history of the club.
“I think it’s fair to say people on the outside didn’t see us being where we are.
“We feel we have a group willing to compete at this level, but to be at the top and deliver the performances we have is a difficult task.
“So far, we are pushing a third of the season and they have delivered performances to get us where we are.”
Tickets for Saturday’s game against Bournemouth are still available from the Turf Moor ticket office, online HERE and via the telephone on 0871 221 1914 (opt 1).
This is a SILVER category game, with prices as below:
Adults: From £28
Over 65: From £17
U22: From £15
U18: from £8
U12: From £5