Sean Dyche is up for the fight as he looks to steer the Clarets through choppy waters.
More than six years into his Turf Moor reign as Burnley boss, Dyche is battling to steer his team away from relegation danger.
The contrast with last season’s challenge for Europe could hardly be greater with the Clarets currently 21 points worse off than their tally this time 12 months ago
Dyche would rather be repeating that but is still relishing the scrap in the latest chapter of a Burnley career that has featured two promotion successes and four seasons in the top flight – including the Clarets’ highest league finish for 44 years.
“We’ve had a lot of good times here. It’s the first really tough period we’ve had where a lot of question are being asked from outside and inside – and from me as well,” said Dyche.
“That’s made it harder, but there’s a resilience to being in football and I quite enjoy that side of it.
“When you are at stretch, are you being diligent, are you working to put any questions right and working to find the right mixture?
“Of course, you are and I do enjoy that side of it, albeit it’s nice when it’s going smoothly and it’s somewhat more comfortable.
“You can’t be in this industry and not win that many games and not get questioned. It just doesn’t work like that.
“I’ve built up some credit in the bank here from years of service. But that goes out the window. I totally understand people questioning me, questioning the team, questioning the players, questioning the club.
“There’s a lot to question when things aren’t right.
“But equally, you have to balance that off. Some of the practices are just the same.
“We took the plaudits when it was going well, so I’m certainly not one to start crying it in when the challenge isn’t going right for us.”
Sean Dyche has been in charge of the Clarets since October, 2012
The transformation in the Clarets’ fortunes has intensified the spotlight on Turf Moor, where West Ham are the visitors on Sunday.
But Dyche has always said the remarkable strides made last season were never a guarantee of repeat success for a club of Burnley’s stature among the elite.
The focus is now on the bottom end of the table with Dyche looking to coax an upturn in results out of his side with 19 games to go.
“We all knew we had out-performed the market, statistically and in the actual position (last season),” he added.
“It was a fantastic season by the way. We enjoyed that. But it’s not last season. We are the year after.
“It is the half-way point of the Premier League and we are third from bottom of the Premier League and we haven’t got the points we wanted to get.
“We certainly think, even with what’s gone on this season, we probably let four or five points go.
“That’s got to be addressed and that’s our job, to address that and change it coming into the New Year and, of course, the second half of the season.”