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Dyche Delight At Clarets' Curtain Raisers

18 June 2014

Sean Dyche has expressed his delight that the Barclays Premier League has rolled out the red carpet!

The newly-promoted Clarets face both Jose Mourinho's Chelsea and Louis Van Gaal's Manchester United in their opening home league games at Turf Moor in August.

And the Burnley boss is eager to get started after the fixtures handed his players a warm welcome back to the top flight!

“It’s terrific,” the gaffer told “The Premier League has rolled out the red carpet for us and it’s a real welcome, with the big guns coming to Turf Moor straightaway.

“It’s great for the team, great for the fans and great for the town actually. 

“It is kind of welcome back to the Premier League, but in the best sense!

“We all want to see the best teams at Turf Moor. That’s what we have been striving to achieve really; to play against those big clubs, and straight away they’re here!”

Dyche insisted there are great challenges at hand that come with promotion to the Premier League.

But he insisted those weekly challenges are there to be relished, when the Premier League season kicks off on the weekend of August 16.

He said: “Certainly the obvious highlight is the great challenge, playing clubs of that size. 

“But this is the magic of Premier League and that’s what you want.  

“We know we’re going to play everyone at some point. It’s one of those things, so we look forward to them all, for sure.”

Dyche also insisted that he continues to work hard behind the scenes to add new recruits to his squad.

Fans have already had the boost of seeing full backs Kieran Trippier and Danny Lafferty sign new, extended deals, while offers remain on the table for out-of-contract trio Michael Duff, Junior Stanislas and Luke O’Neill.

However, Dyche is confident the transfer market will pick-up in the coming weeks, when he hopes to strengthen his hand in time for the return to pre-season training in early July. 

“There is lots of work going on behind the scenes and there are a couple of things that are beginning to warm up,” he explained.

“It’s the usual thing. The summer is often quiet, apart from when you look at the real big deals, and a lot of the big-money boys are putting deals together. 

“The World Cup maybe gets in the way of some things; not so much for ourselves you understand, in a nicest possible sense. 

“But there’s a few things going on and we’re hoping to get things speeded up over the next week to 10 days or so.”

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