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Dyche On Gray Departure

10 August 2017

Sean Dyche admits the timing of Andre Gray’s departure to Watford has not been ideal, with the start of the Premier League season just a couple of days away.

But the Burnley boss is looking to make the most of a ‘difficult’ situation by opening the door for someone else to seize the moment and by trying to bring new blood into his squad.

The Clarets sold Gray to Watford for a major fee after the striker indicated he would not accept an improved contract offer at Turf Moor.

And that has a left a gap Dyche will again seek to fill to keep moving the Clarets forward.

“Andre had a year left on his contract, which is always a tricky time,” Dyche said, as he prepares his squad for Saturday’s opener at champions Chelsea.

“It’s difficult for the player because they’ve got to make a decision, difficult for us as a club because often financially a player has outgrown the club from their contract side of things, which will always remain private.

“So, decisions have to be made. The timing is not ideal, we know that.

“But we have been through this before. In my first full season here Charlie Austion moved two days before the season and then the emergence of Danny Ings and Sam Vokes came and we got promoted.

“That doesn’t guarantee anything now, but it opens up the thinking for other players.

“It’s another good player going out the building but that’s a chance for another of our good players to play and make a name for themselves, in whichever shape or form that comes.

“We are definitely not a one-man team. We are a group and a team that can take on a challenge.”

Dyche still has striking options at his disposal, with summer signing Jon Walters bringing an extra dimension to the Clarets’ squad.

But the gaffer equally remains on the look-out for reinforcements, while having to spend within the restrictions of a sustainable business model pursued by the club.

“We are still in the market,” Dyche added. “There is money available but there have to be the right players available.

“No-one wants to get the recruitment model wrong. It’s not an exact science.

“It’s tough, so we have to be as sure as we possibly can on who we are bringing in in the future. 

“We’ve made good money from players going out, which proves yet again that we got players in at a level and developed them and added to what they are.

“Now, can we continue that by getting more players in?

“It’s a difficult proposition. The club has got to continue to build a recruitment process.

“A lot of the bigger clubs, particularly in the Premier League, have been building a background on players for years before they sometimes sign them.

"Ours is still building and it takes times to do that.”

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