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Dyche: I've Come A Long Way

Burnley boss on hs career progression as he prepares to face former club

6 April 2018

Sean Dyche believes his time as Clarets boss has brought him a long way since leaving Watford in 2012.

Dyche managed Watford in the Championship during the 2011/12 season and guided them to 11th place - their highest league finish in four years at the time.
 
But he had his contract terminated in the summer of 2012 – a decision that was not popular amongst the Watford fans at the time.  
 
After arriving at Turf Moor with just one year of managerial experience under his belt, he is aware of how far a journey he has been on during five-years in the Clarets hotseat.
 
 
He said: “I’ve been in the game all my life but it’s not the same as when you get in the hotseat and you’re the manager. 
 
“All the different things that have gone on regarding helping to structure a club off the pitch and bring success on the pitch; professionally it takes you a long way. 
 
“Over years of service you get more of a feel on what to do when, just from years of going down that pathway so many times.
 
“As a rounded person - let alone a professional football person - I think I’ve changed considerably.”
 
The modern game is often a difficult environment for relatively new managers, and Dyche appreciates the support that he has been given by the board and fans at Burnley since his arrival. 
 
 
He added: “I’ve been fortunate here. I’ve had a board that have been very understanding of the realities. Not all boards are like that and certainly not all fans. 
 
“They’ve (the fans) been understanding of what we’re trying to do, the ups and downs and how I’ve had this base to work from to continue to improve. Not many get that now.
 
“When it comes to management, the demand to get in the Premier League from the Championship is massive, and then once you’re in the Premier League the demand to stay is massive.”
 
Dyche looks back on his time at Vicarage Road fondly but believes the club has changed considerably since then. 
 
He said: “I had a fantastic time there. “They’ve got a way of working that does work.
 
"It’s not everyone’s cup of tea across the realms of football, but it’s clearly a complete business model change and they’ve done that very successfully.
 
“They’ve got in the Premier League which was their intention. They’ve developed a stand and training ground, and found a system of recruitment that’s worked for them. 
 
“I think from my time there’s only Troy (Deeney) and Maps (Adrian Mariappa) went for a little bit and came back. 
 
“They are the only ones (from his former squad) that are still active there, and two fine professionals.”
 
From the opposing camp
 
Manager Javi Gracia: “Burnley are having an amazing season, but I am only focused on trying to make sure they lose their next game.
 
“I see in this moment my players with ambition, they are very demanding of each other, and we will see where Watford finish at the end of the season.
 
“We will try to get three points and reduce the gap to six points. That is my objective in this moment.”
 
Match stats
 
The Clarets are looking for their first league double over Watford since the 2010/11 season in the Championship. 
 
Burnley are looking to secure four consecutive top-flight wins for the first time since a run of six victories in 1968.
 
The Hornets have conceded 27 first half league goals this season – more than any other side in the top-flight and the same amount as Burnley have conceded in total. 
 
Sean Dyche’s side have already picked up six league wins away from home this season which is more than their total for their previous three top-flight campaigns. 
 
Injury News
 
Johann Berg Gudmundsson is rated "touch-and-go" after missing last week’s trip to West Brom, while Ben Mee could miss out with a knock. 
 
Tom Heaton is likely to return to the squad, while Scott Arfield is still out with a calf problem and John Walters is not yet ready to make a return. 
 
Christian Kabasele could return to the Watford side but Gerard Deulofeu and former Claret Nathaniel Chalobah are unlikely to feature. 
 
Referee 
Paul Tierney

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