Sean Dyche admitted he was flattered after pipping Manuel Pellegrini and Brendan Rodgers to the award for North West Manager of the Year.
It was double delight for Burnley Football Club at the MBNA Northwest Football of the Year Awards in Manchester on Tuesday evening, when Dyche and striker Danny Ings landed top awards.
And Dyche, who got the panel’s vote ahead of two big-name managers who guided their sides to first and second place in last season’s Premier League, dedicated his award to the club.
He told Clarets Player: “On behalf of myself, the staff and the players, my award is really for the club.
“They (Pellegrini and Rodgers) are two massively respected names in the game who have done very well in their careers.
“My journey is continuing as a young manager - and what a platform to do it in with Burnley in the Premier League!”
In Ings’ absence, due to his commitments to the England U21 set-up, Dyche accepted the striker’s award for Championship Player of the Year, in which he beat fellow nominees Jordan Rhodes, James McArthur and Tim Ream.
Dyche added: “Danny’s award is a great recognition of a fine season he had last season. He started this season unfortunately with an injury, but now he has come back from that and is looking nice and sharp, so on reflection of last season it is an award thoroughly deserved.”
Commenting on the Premier League season so far, he then told the guests at Lancashire Cricket Club: “Belief is an important thing.
“To maintain that belief and to keep and nurture it is a real powerful thing.
“That doesn’t always guarantee a result; I have always said that. But it gives you a much better chance.
“Now the level has risen again, it is important that those factors are still there and then we can add in the quality tactical understanding”.
“We want to show that we can be competitive in this division, and of course after our first win we shut a few headlines down and it’s got the fans backing us even more.
“So let’s hope this journey continues, because that’s what we are aiming towards”.
“Over the time I have been here, the connection between the team and the fans has slowly grown.
“The journey last year has obviously glued it all together, but it’s so pleasing it has stayed there and we all stay together”.