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Dyche: I'm Proud Of My Longevity

29 March 2019

Sean Dyche hopes the wheel turns full circle as he looks forward to celebrating 300 games as Burnley manager.

The Clarets boss kicked off his Turf Moor reign with a 2-0 home victory against Wolves in November 2012.

Dyche, pictured after beating Wolves in November, 2012

And the fourth longest serving manager in English football would love a repeat against high-flying Wanderers to celebrate his latest milestone.

“Having been here long enough to understand the history of the club and what it stands for, I’m very proud to have been here so long and delivered my part in what we’ve all achieved,” said Dyche.

“Thinking back, I didn’t honestly expect to be sitting here 300 games in.

“That’s not because I doubted my ability, or the chances of being successful; it’s just the reality of the modern game.

“The will for change in football happens with a bit more pace nowadays, so to still be here working and pushing and fighting to be successful is very pleasing.

“But all my good memories of those 300 games are parked because we have a big job to do, and that is to take on Wolves and win a game.

“It all started against them and I hope the result is the same!”

Dyche reflected on an incident-packed six-and-a-half-years, which has already lifted him to the fifth longest serving manager in the club’s history.

He added: “It’s definitely a different club now than when I arrived. The thing that is to be marvelled at is the people.

“When I got here, we were getting somewhere between 11,500 to 13,000 in the stadium.

“The growth and the feeling among the fans has stayed really strong, and I value that.

“It’s not an easy thing through the ups and downs, and the recent tough time we’ve had fighting for results, to remain true to the team. They do that and that’s really important.

“We’ve got really big, important games coming up and the strength of the people to stay with the team is going to be hugely important.

“Outside of that, everything has changed! In the stadium there have been many changes and then you get onto the training ground and the overall feel of the club, its finances and the way it’s run., not just from a football point of view either.

“There’s the growth in the community department and how important that is and its links with the community.

“They are amazingly rewarding things for me, as a manager, to add my bit to.

“The strange thing about football, of course, is that we are only judged on what happens on the pitch on any given day, and rightly so.

“In this job you have to realise the statistics with regards to longevity, but equally not get bogged down by them.

“There are lots of very good managers who are also very good people, but for whom a job sometimes just doesn’t work out.

“Even in my early days here, when things were a bit tough, I was still planning on the bigger picture and trying to make it all work.

“In this peculiar, precarious business it is unusual that you can hit these sort of markers, so on behalf of all my staff and the players, it’s been a superb period… and one that continues to be.”

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