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Dyche: There's Still Work To Be Done

15 May 2015

Sean Dyche insists there is still work to be done before the Clarets take stock of their Premier League season.

The Clarets host Stoke City tomorrow in the penultimate game of the campaign, before heading to Aston Villa next Sunday for their curtain call.

And Dyche wants his players to go out at Turf Moor on a high, beating the club's 2009 Premier League points total against a Potters side also looking to record their highest ever points total in the top flight.

The Burnley boss said: “Life goes on. From the outside it was always deemed to be impossible and our job was to make that possible.

“But the disappointment dissipates quickly because we believed that we’ve given everything to try and be in there.

“There has been real growth in the side and the players have moved forward considerably, gathering experience, know-how and belief.

“We will have a greater time for reflection over the summer, but we still have two games to go and the way we work here, despite what has happened, is that we’ll be ready.

“We lay down certain rules of how we go about our business and we want them to be adhered to.

“Behind that, there is obviously thoughts on next season, but my focus can’t be lost on that completely because we still have two important games. They are important for our fans, our players and for our mentality.”

Dyche, whose side are looking to register their second double of the season following last weekend’s win at Hull City, added: “I don’t know Mark (Hughes) that well, but he doesn’t seem the type to me to let his players see the campaign out.

Danny Ings scores at Stoke back in November

“I think they’ll be wanting to win and they are going for a record points’ total, so we can’t expect anything but a tough game.”

Meanwhile, Dyche has already started his planning for next season as he reshapes his squad for another tilt at the top.

Player recruitment will undoubtedly figure large, and the gaffer insisted: “The list to move forward, regardless of what division it is, is very similar.

“If you look at recognised Premier League players, it’s highly unlikely you are going to get them for the amount of money that this club had a chance to spend, or going forward.

“For one, they are earning way above the pay scale that we can offer and the fees would probably be similar.

“We went for certain individuals in the Championship, but they also have backers who are bankrolling the club to tens of millions of pounds a year and they asked for massive fees.”

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