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Dyche Looks To Build Competitive Squad For Premier League

25 April 2014

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has stated his desire to build a side that can be competitive in the Premier League next season.

The Clarets sealed a return to English football’s top flight with victory over Wigan Athletic on Monday.

Bookmakers were quick to install Burnley as 4/9 favourites to be relegated in 2014-15.

And although Dyche acknowledges the Premier League campaign will be a challenge, it is one he is relishing.

“We know it’s an unforgiving league with the quality of the players and the teams in there but it will be a great challenge for ourselves,” said Dyche. 

“We’ll arguably be written off immediately but we’ll have that underdog attitude.

“The aim for us is to build a team that will at least be competitive. We can’t guarantee anything beyond that.

“We’ve been very competitive this year, we’ve had some real quality, some very good performances and we’ve amassed a fantastic tally of points to get us to where we are. 

“Next year is a different challenge but we’ll see what we can do in the market.”

Burnley have used just 23 players in the Championship this season – the joint-fewest with champions Leicester City.

With promotion now assured, attention will soon turn to recruiting players for next year, with increasing the squad depth an immediate issue.

“One of the first things is we’ve got no depth of squad so that has to be effected for sure,” said Dyche. 

“We want to bring in the right quality, at the right level of finance that fits the club, that can certainly add to the competitive nature of the squad we’ve already got.”

“We’ve still got two games left though and I’ve made that clear to the players that’s the most important thing now. All the rest is ifs and buts, but once the two games are out of the way and the season closes down, then the business really starts.

“I can assure you at this moment in time there has been very little down in actual contact with anyone, it has been just about aligning things inside the club, making sure that we know where we’re heading, having a look at the finance and then looking at moving things forward.

“We know the finance has to be used wisely. The club has to safeguard its future as well as put a team together that can be competitive. 

“There has to be the right balance, but we can certainly detail that now and start moving forward.”

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