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Dyche Crowned Manager of the Month

13 April 2018

Sean Dyche has been crowned as the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month for March.

The Burnley boss has won the award for the first time in the top flight thanks to a perfect month for the Clarets.

Dyche’s side boasted a 100 per cent record, with three successive victories as they ended their 11-match winless run in style.

The gaffer accepts his award from sponsor Jourdan Blessyn, from Barclays.

Burnley beat Everton 2-1 at Turf Moor – ending a 53-game wait to win by coming from behind under Dyche in the Premier League – before going to West Ham and West Bromwich Albion to secure maximum points as Dyche chalked up his 100th victory as the Clarets’ manager.

The results, followed by another success at Watford a week ago as Dyche’s men made it four straight wins by a Burnley in the top tier for the first time in 50 years, tightened the Clarets’ grip on seventh place in the table as they chase a possible place in European football next season.

Dyche is only the fourth manager to win the Premier League award, sponsored by Barclays, this season after previously being short-listed for the October prize.

Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner, Brighton’s Chris Hughton and ex-Burnley boss Eddie Howe of Bournemouth are the only others to have broken the monopoly of four-time winner Pep Guardiola, whose Manchester City side could clinch the league title today.

Dyche, who was presented with a trophy at the Clarets’ Barnfield Training Centre yesterday afternoon, said: “I am really pleased, on behalf of myself and staff, but particularly the players.

“I think they are having an outstanding season, with hopefully more to come, but in this period they have been very strong mentally.

“A lot of questions were being asked after a tough run and to come out of that with four straight victories – three in March – was very satisfying.

“I mentioned during that tough run that we were still performing – despite some injuries - and to see through all that and put it all back together in this good run, shows great belief and resilience.

“I must also thank the fans. Some fan bases can get disgruntled by a tough period, but I don’t think ours did.

"They continued to back the players home and away and that gives players a better chance of performing, so they deserve a mention too, without a shadow of a doubt.”

Dyche has previously won four monthly managerial awards in the Championship during his tenure as Burnley boss.

And a memorable month for Burnley also the strike pair of Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood short-listed for Premier League awards.

Barnes’ stunning overhead volley at West Bromwich Albion earned him a nomination for goal of the month.

And Wood’s return from injury with four goals in three games saw him on the list of candidates for the player-of-the month award.


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