Burnley manager Sean Dyche has spoken of his delight after picking up the third of a tremendous trio of Manager of the Month Awards this season.
The Clarets boss has been crowned Sky Bet Manager of the Month for April, becoming the first Burnley manager to win the award three times.
And Dyche revealed his latest award was the one he cherished most as it represented a successful month that culminated in promotion to the Premier League.
He said “It’s tremendous. I always take them on behalf of the staff and the players of course, but also the club and the people of Burnley.
“People talk about the business end of the season but I’ve said many times that every part of the season is the business end.
“But there is a point to it and we had to get the results right in this last month and the team has done that, and for that I’m very proud of this one.
“It’s a great achievement for me, but it’s also for the club, and for that I take it gladly.”
Dyche’s third award eclipses the previous achievements of Harry Potts and Brian Miller, who both won the awards twice, albeit in separate seasons.
And Dyche, who joined that exclusive club when he won back-to-back awards nio September and October, took the opportunity to praise the fans for all their continued support ahead of the victory parade this Sunday.
He added “The people of Burnley have been terrific in the way they’ve supported the club.
“I’ve asked for that mentality to grow and I’ve asked for the positivity to grow and it absolutely has.
“It’s been there and it’s been clear, and that’s of great value because we’re going to need that as the challenge gets higher again.
“We’re going need that positivity and the connection with the people as it’s going to be important next season.”
But before Sunday’s celebrations can begin, there is the matter of the final Championship fixture of the season, away at Reading on Saturday.
And Dyche insisted his team will be fully focused on getting the right result to end the campaign on a positive note.
He said “It is the last game of the season and we want to enjoy that. The players have earned the right to enjoy it.
“They’ve got the main work done of course, but once the whistle blows we want to make sure that we are competitive in our performance and we certainly want the three points.”