Wingman Johann Berg Gudmundsson says Sean Dyche has brought Premier League belief to his players as the Burnley boss prepares to celebrate five years in charge at Turf Moor.
Dyche will reach the milestone next Monday when the Clarets take on Newcastle United.
And depending on the weekend’s results, Burnley could go into that game in the top 10 – a fitting reflection of Dyche’s work so far.
“He’s obviously done a fantastic job – to get two promotions, keep the club in the Premier League and build the club from where it was to where it is now,” said Gudmundsson.
“Everybody respects him. He demands a lot from the players and he gets players in who are willing to do the hard shifts.
“We have to work a lot for what we do and how we play.
“He’s made me believe more that you can do it in this league.
“Most of the players here have come from the Championship and got promoted, so it’s about getting that belief we can do it in the Premier League.
“I think we showed that last season and again this season.”
Dyche took over when the Clarets were 14th in the Championship table and has since built two promotion-winning squads and another capable of competing in the top flight – all around an enviable team ethic.
“You need the kind of players who are in it for the same reason,” added Gudmundsson – signed from Charlton Athletic by Dyche at the start of last season.
“You want to do well for each other and everybody is willing to work for each other.
“That’s really important in the Premier League because it’s such a tough division.
“If you have 11 individuals out there you aren’t going to do anything.”
The Clarets saw their six-match unbeaten run end at league leaders Manchester City last Saturday and now face a Newcastle side beaten just once in seven matches under former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez to sit one place above Burnley in the table.
Dyche’s side will be looking for just a second home league win of the season and Gudmundsson knows they will have to use all their nous to mark the manager’s anniversary with three points.
“Our home form has not been as good as we wanted it to be, but I think teams are coming to Turf Moor with a bit more respect and making it tough for us,” said the Iceland international.
“It’s just about us trying to find a way to get more points at home, but I think the start has been really good.
“It’s going to be a tight game but we want to go out there and attack and try to score some goals.
“Rafa Benitez sets a side up to defend well and be organised and we do the same.
“In this league you have to be organised. If you don’t have the most money, you have to do something different and that’s being organised and knowing your roles in the team.
“It’s going to be a fascinating encounter and hopefully we come out on top.”