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Dyche Savours European Adventure

9 May 2018

Sean Dyche has vowed to respect the Europe League next season after hailing qualification as a “massive achievement”.

Burnley’s seventh place finish in the Premier League – their highest placing since 1974 - has guaranteed European football for the first time since the Fairs Cup campaign 51 years ago.

The Clarets will discover where the European tour takes them when the draw for the second qualifying round is made in Nyon on Tuesday, June 19.

And the gaffer insists they are ready to take on the new challenge.

He said: “It’s been a huge, huge season by my players, they have been absolutely incredible this season and there’s no new pressure on us for next season.

“It’s only the media who create the pressure. That’s just one of those things and I get that.

“We’ve only just made it into Europe and everyone is telling us how terrible and awful it’s going to be.

“Nobody is actually saying how fantastic it is, and for a club like Burnley to be in Europe, in any way, shape or form is a massive achievement.

“There is a gap to the top six, we all know that, but to be considered the best of the rest if you like, is a fine achievement and I can assure you that in the camp, and among our fans, we will be looking at Europe and remaining open-minded about what comes next.

“We know the challenges. Everyone tells us that, constantly, but there’s nothing but positives for me.

“So, let’s take it on and see what happens because we encourage ourselves to keep moving forward.”

Dyche, who becomes the first Burnley manager since the late, great Harry Potts to lead the club into Europe, added: “At the end of the day I have come to understand what this means to a town like Burnley.

“I’m from Kettering, don’t forget; a town the similar size to Burnley, and they nearly went out of business a few years ago.

“Burnley - a team in the Premier League with a population of around 75,000 - and now in Europe. What’s all that about?”

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