Sean Dyche believes Burnley owners can move past survival aims

Sun 02 May 2021 | 8:48

Burnley manager Sean Dyche expects the club’s new owners to assign him targets beyond just keeping the team in the Premier League but insisted that increasing ambitions is time-consuming.


are not certain of their future in the

Premier League

as they head to face

West Ham

on Monday following their thumping 4-0 victory over Wolves on Sunday which saw them clear of trouble.

Having prevented the relegation threat, the Clarets will play another season in the top-flight and are waiting for the changes envisioned by the owners to be implemented.

The outgoing board were reality-bound by the truth of the club – the finances, wages, and all the rest of it,”

Dyche said.

“But on the other hand it’s not always the most stimulating thing when all they’re saying is, ‘Just stay in the Premier League’.

“When I speak to Alan, it’s about, ‘Can we move that forward? And if we can, how?’ So the mentality is just a bit beyond that.”

Dyche revealed that although his squad fought for survival this season, they always had their own sights set higher.

I don’t go into a season thinking, ‘Can we just stay up?’ but I did after game seven, make no mistake,”

Dyche said.

“At game seven, the challenge has changed very quickly. We’ve got injuries everywhere, we’ve got two points after seven games so it’s, ‘OK, let’s refocus the work to stay in the division’.

“But we’ve had seasons when we’ve got to the halfway point and we’re in good shape, you look at what we can go on to rather than what we are running away from.”

Burnley is going to have a busy summer as they lacked signings in the last two transfer windows.

“I’ve got a feeling for that already,”

Dyche said of his talks with Pace.

“We’ve spoken about the bigger picture concept on and off the pitch.

“But he’s been reality-bound. He’s said, ‘We appreciate this needs to grow, rather than you just throw loads of money at it and it’s going to work’.

“They do want to enhance it but at this level of the market, we’re not talking about £20million, that doesn’t shift you radically, that just allows you to try to compete.”

During the last few seasons, the club manager concentrated on recruiting on domestic league, thinking that adding players that are familiar with English football prevents the risk of them not adapting or settling.

“The bigger clubs have all sorts of people to support players – player liaisons, linguists, housing specialists,” he said. “We don’t have any of that. The club doesn’t run like that.

“In my opinion – and I’ve expressed this to the board – if we’re going to go down that road we have to put these support systems in place. These players should be able to come in, slot in and get used to it as quickly as they can off the pitch as much as on it.

“People forget about that, but it needs a lot of finance to support them.”

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