How has Sean Dyche taken Burnley from Championship mediocrity to European contenders

When Sean Dyche took over at Burnley, not many fans would have raised an eyelid. Now, over five successful years on and Burnley will be competing in Europe for the first time in over 50 years. As well as becoming financially stable Sean Dyche has brought a number of ‘old school’ traditional values which are key to his successes at Turf Moor.  

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Burnley have been receiving plaudits from people on and off the pitch this season as they have yet again progressed after the Clarets avoided relegation from the Premier League for the first time in the clubs history in the 2016/17 season. This season though, has been one that will always be remembered by the Clarets faithful as the club finished 7th in the Premier League, the highest in the top flight since 1973/74.

Something Dyche has reiterated over his time at the club is the need for progression and he has certainly shown that over the last two years in particular as he has achieved what many would have laughed off at the start of the season, with his work ethic of concentration, attitude and hard work being key to his successes over the years.

What you may notice with this Burnley side that avoided relegation and have cemented European football over the last two seasons, is the lack of players which believe they are above the rest, with the ex Chesterfield captain keeping his players level headed.

What Dyche has built at Turf Moor, is a very well run club, giving the community something to look forward to. Many could have believed he failed when the club got relegated back in 2015, but what people didn’t realise is that Dyche worked closely with club chairman Mike Garlick, and instead of spending money on transfers in the relegation season, the club created a new state of the art training ground which cost the Clarets over £10 million. Dyche saw the bigger picture, knowing that the club needed new facilities in order to improve and they have done just that, which now makes the club even more of an attraction for players.

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On the training ground changes have also been made since Dyche’s arrival in 2012, first of all, the first team now dine with the youth squads, whether that is when they are eating, or just relaxing after training. This shows the 46-year-olds ideas of keeping his players grounded as he tells them to “leave their egos at the gates”. Also, there is the famous ‘wheel of fortune’ that Dyche has implemented as a weekly event, where rule breaking is dealt with by a series of punishments. You spin the wheel and whatever the punishment is you must do, which is all fun and games but once again shows the hard grit mentality of Dyche, that no player is above another.

When it comes to the starting 11, Dyche always makes sure his players are switched on and hard working at all times. Clearly well drilled on the training ground, Dyche always has someone waiting in the wings. James Tarkowski a great example for this, as some questioned him replacing Micheal Keane, but the Manchester born defender has flourished this season earning an England cap on the way, with a very bright future ahead.

Others which are not so documented are the likes of Ashley Westwood and Kevin Long, the latter, replacing either centre half whenever he is called upon and rarely putting a foot wrong, and Westwood coming in for fan favourite Steven Defour half way through the season has not been fazed by the role he was given.

Dyche cannot be more loved by the Clarets fans, capping off a historic season, while boasting a team full of internationals, whether the Clarets can keep hold of their most treasured man who recently signed a new long term contract at the club is the question, with the boss being linked to a number of high profile jobs whenever they become available.

He rounded off the season with a nomination for the prestigious Manager of the Year award for the Premier League, which many feel he deserved to win over Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.  As well as being able to drink at any pub in Burnley for free, Dyche can now attend a pub named after himself, as ‘The Royal Dyche’ opened its doors to the public over the weekend which just highlights what this man means to the small town.

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