Stephen Ward praised the ‘unbelievable job’ boss Sean Dyche has done at Turf Moor as he prepares to celebrate five years in charge at Turf Moor.
Dyche reaches the milestone with Monday night’s televised clash against Newcastle United at Turf Moor.
And left-back Ward – who played for Wolves in their 2-0 defeat at Burnley in Dyche’s first game at the Clarets’ helm in November 2012 – praised the transformation Dyche has inspired as manager.
“From when he came in, the way the club has changed and the players we now have, the squad we have, I’m sure it’s like chalk and cheese,” said Ward.
“To do a job of that quality with a club like Burnley, he has got to take amazing credit and I’m sure everyone; fans, players alike, will be very grateful for that.
“To see what he’s done with a club of Burnley’s stature is an unbelievable job.
“You don’t really see managers come into clubs and take them to where he’s taken them.
“You look at the training ground and the success we’ve had has taken this club to a new level, where it deserves to be.
“And if we can have another successful season, then the club will go from strength to strength again.”
Ward was signed by Dyche from Wolves in August, 2014, and has since played a key role in helping the Clarets win the 2016 Championship title and sustain their Premier League status last season under the 46-year-old.
The Ireland international, who has started all bar one of Burnley’s last 70 league games, added: “From the time I’ve been here, he’s obviously been outstanding.
“I came after they had just got promoted. We then had a year in the Premier League where we got a lot of credit for the way we went about our business.
“Unfortunately, we got relegated but the manager kept us all together and got us right at it in pre-season and did a great job to get us back up and keep us in the Premier League.
“I don’t think there are too many more words you can say about the job he’s done here, but I’m sure he still wants to continue and wants us to improve, which is what he says to us on the training ground every day.
“He’s been great for me and given me a chance. Hopefully I’ve re-paid his faith and hopefully I can do that for a few more years to come.”