Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Club News

Dyche: Time To Shift Again

Burnley boss prepared to change it up in pursuit of points

5 December 2018

Sean Dyche is looking for another change of gear to get the Clarets moving forward again.

Burnley’s momentum has stalled on the back of a seven-game winless run which has yielded just two points.

But Dyche has seen his players recover one from one lean spell already this season and now wants a repeat as the Clarets continue a run of eight games in little more than a month against Liverpool at Turf Moor on Wednesday night.

“The facts are that after five games we had one point, so it wasn’t exactly a flying start,” admitted the Burnley boss, who juggled the early Premier League games with the Clarets’ Europa League commitments.

“We’ve had to work our way back to the points we’ve got, to get the next eight points.

“That’s a continued work in progress, the mental ability and tactical ability – technical and physical - to go and get more points on the board.

“We have already shifted. Now, of course, we’ve got to shift again because the league table tells us we’ve got to shift again.”

With Burnley in the Premier League’s bottom three and in need of a pick-me-up, the inevitable questions have been asked about team selection and tactics.

Dyche has shuffled his pack this season – through both choice and necessity – and there may be further tweaks against Liverpool on the back of a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

And the manager insists change is a constant factor in all aspects of his planning.

“Don’t think we don’t question ourselves,” he added.

“Six years of success have suggested the team can work in a manner that is effective.

“The detail within that is often the bit that’s missing, which it quite clearly has been at times this year and certainly last weekend.

“When you talk about changing things, there are more definitions.

“You talk about changing individuals, you talk about changing the system, changing the build-up, the training, diets, fitness routines, formats to the build-up to the game, the way players individually look after themselves before a game etc, etc.

“We change lots and lots of things we think are important.

“The thing is from a fan point of view, they only get the chance to see the team run out there. They don’t see all the other stuff.

“It’s the iceberg principle. The tip comes out the water, but there’s a massive mountain of ice beneath it. There’s lots going on behind it.

“We change a lot of things. We change a lot of things behind what you literally see, and when I feel it’s appropriate, we change the things that are literally out there, whether that be personnel or shapes or systems.”

Advertisement block