Chesterfield v Burnley (3pm kick-off)
Saturday 25th July 2015
Sean Dyche will step back in time as he leads the Clarets to Chesterfield tomorrow for the pre-season friendly.
The Clarets boss is still revered in the Derbyshire town following a seven-year playing career with the Spireites, including a stunning FA Cup run in 1997, when he scored a penalty in the semi-final draw against then Premier League Middlesbrough.
And Dyche, making only his third return since leaving the club, plans to make Saturday’s trip back to the town a family affair.
He said: “I had seven great seasons there, through a few ups and downs through injury and as a player trying to earn his spurs.
“People forget we had a promotion and that great FA Cup run, in a year when we only just missed out on the play offs.
“I had great times there and lived there. My wife was my partner then and we had a small house when we both started out together.
“A lot of good things happened to me there and I’ve always enjoyed going back. It’s a new stadium with new beginnings and they’re a different animal now.
“My kids don’t know a lot about the football side of my career, so they are going to come up and we’ll take them where we used to live and where the old ground was.”
With his head now fully focused on the Clarets, Dyche admitted he will again be light on attacking options at the Proact Stadium, with Sam Vokes, Marvin Sordell and new signing Jelle Vossen again likely to be rested with minor injuries.
In addition, Jason Gilchrist, who started at St Mirren in midweek, is sidelined with a broken ankle suffered early in the game, leaving Lukas Jutkiewicz as the only fit recognised striker available to Dyche.
He said: “On the football side, I am looking for the team to slowly get back to where they need to be, that’s tactically, mentally and everything including sharpness. There were signs of that at Rangers.
“We will probably be a little light up front, but we have to protect the players up front because we have to make sure they get to the start of the season intact.
“That’s still the number one priority.
“I’m not sure those with knocks are going to be alright because it’s going to be hard to risk them. But we’re hopeful for the Fleetwood game.”
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