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Dyche: Rigg Will Give Us A New Outlook

29 November 2018

Sean Dyche insists he is not looking for immediate rewards following the appointment of new Technical Director Mike Rigg.

The Clarets have a breathless seven games in December before the January transfer window opens, starting with Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace.

And although Dyche admitted to having targets in mind to add to his squad in the new year, he insists that Rigg - who starts his new role at Barnfield on Monday – is an appointment very much for the long term.

The Burnley boss said: “Mike is coming in and he will give us a new set of eyes and add to the thought process.

“To make it clear, we are not looking for him to come in and miraculously hand over seven players.

“We are looking for a longer reward than that and the bigger picture on the recruitment side.

“Everybody knows that January is a really, really tough window and it’s forever problematic for players.

“There are certain people we are interested in, but we’ll just have to wait and see.”

Meanwhile, Burnley head to Selhurst Park at the weekend looking to get back to winning ways against a Crystal Palace side without a victory at home this season.

Monday’s defeat at home to Newcastle means the Clarets are seeking a first win in seven games.

And Dyche looks to have additional resources to call on, with Johann Berg Gudmundsson back in the running, along with defenders James Tarkowski and Ben Gibson, who both recently underwent herrnia surgery.

He explained: “We are more or less back to full fitness, other than the long-term ones.

“I don’t want to tempt fate, but Johann is back in the building after a sickness bug kept him out the other night.

“Ben got a training game in along with James on Tuesday, and so they come into the thinking.”


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