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Dyche: We'll Be Stronger For The Battle

16 May 2019

Sean Dyche feels his players will benefit from battling their way to Premier League safety next season.

The Clarets boss masterminded a storming second half of the campaign that earned the club a fourth successive tilt at the top-flight for the first time in almost half a century.

And Dyche, who expects another tough challenge next season, feels his armoury has been strengthened by the mental resilience of his squad to overcome adversity.

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He said: “This club is going to have to fight all the time to be at the top level of football, but we’ve shown we can do it.

“The thing is with life at Burnley, it’s stop, stand still and then then restart.

“It’s Burnley, not Barcelona and we have to find ways of getting points on the board.

“The next one is never guaranteed from the last one and we are always looking to layer up strength, but it’s difficult.

“The planning never stops because we obviously don’t have the finance that others have, so we constantly have to keep our ear to the ground and an eye on the market.

“You normally find it goes quiet now for a few weeks, before things ramp up again. But you want competitiveness freshness, and that often comes from players coming in.

“However, I also think the players here will be stronger.

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"It’s unlikely we’ll have as many injuries next season and they will all be a year wiser in the Premier League, and they’ll have learned a lot, both individually and collectively, so that’s a good start.

“We’ve earned the right again this year and now everyone can have a pleasant summer and make sense of it all, then we’ll work strong in as many ways as we can to strengthen the club and the team.”

Dyche, who is now the fourth longest serving manager in English football, also hailed the fans for their efforts in getting the club over the line.

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He added: “Five years in six in the Premier League is fantastic for a club like this, but it’s also good for the town.

“When I got here, a few years ago, I spoke of the one-club mentality. It’s still there and that has seen us through.

“The fans have been terrific because up until Christmas it was tough times, but the good thing about the fans here is they remember all the good work that’s been done.

“When it gets a bit shaky they stand by the team. Some fan bases don’t and they just suffer, but they stayed behind us and that will be a really important thing going forward.”

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