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Vokes Set For Anniversary Date

Sam Vokes could return as boss Sean Dyche celebrates five years in charge

26 October 2017

Sam Vokes could be back to boost the Clarets’ attack as Sean Dyche celebrates five years as Burnley boss.

Vokes missed last Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester City with a stomach muscle strain but is back in training.

And with top scorer Chris Woods a doubt for the visit of Newcastle United next Monday night with a hamstring strain, the return of Vokes would be a timely one.

“Vokesy has a stronger chance,” confirmed Dyche. “He’s out on the grass with us today, so we think he will be available. But Woody’s touch-and-go.”

Vokes’ availability would be fitting, given that the Wales international has made more league appearances and scored more goals under Dyche than any other Burnley player – with 173 games and 51 league goals – since Dyche was appointed on October 30, 2012.

The former Watford boss is now the seventh longest-serving manager in the top four divisions of English football.

Sam Vokes scored his first goal under Sean Dyche at Ipswich in November, 2012

And while the length of his stay with the Clarets has left Dyche surprised one level, he has welcomed the chance to be able to make a lasting impression at Turf Moor.

The 46-year-old, who has guided Burnley to two promotions to the Premier League and last season became the first manager since Jimmy Adamson in the mid-1970s to secure successive top-flight campaigns for the Clarets, added: “I am (surprised) in the modern world of football.

"There are so many differentials now at how it can change and how quickly it can change, that you never know what’s around the corner.

“But the kind of building process that’s been done on and off the pitch here is good for everyone, I think, and for the game.

“I don’t think everyone wants managers to be changing every week, I certainly don’t.

“There’s a view of that in the bigger picture, but the immediate view is all credit to the different people involved in the five years I’ve had here.

“That’s the players who have come and gone, my staff who have more or less been here as a collective all the way through, the board and the fans for allowing the chance for ups and down to be seen through and to continue the building process and continue performing.”

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