League position is surprise to me, admits Burnley boss Dyche
BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche is determined to keep surpassing expectations – even his own.
The Clarets manager, who is almost 12 months into the role, has admitted he did not envisage his side being top of the Championship so soon.
But after achieving pole position to lead the pack going into the two-week international break thanks to a run of five straight league wins – the last against promotion favourites Reading, in which top scorers Danny Ings and Sam Vokes got the goals – Dyche is already looking to pick up where they left off when they return to action at Ipswich on Saturday week.
“Did I expect us to be top of the league? I’d be a liar if I said that I did expect us to be top of the league.
“Did I think we had a chance of being top of the league? Why not? Who’s to say it can’t be Burnley? And it is Burnley,” said the Turf Moor chief, named manager of the month for September.
“There’s always a belief system in me that says anything’s achievable, it’s how hard you’re going to work at it, how hard you’re going to plan for it, and see if it can get there. There are no guarantees within that.
“You’re in a business where you have to believe. You don’t get to be a footballer without believing in yourself.
“I think your own expectation is that you want to go as far as you can in your career.
“Now as a team you try to bond that together with your beliefs, and get them to believe further.”
But while Dyche is proud to be top of the pile, he maintains his team is a work in progress.
“I like what we’re doing at the moment, I’m enjoying it, but I know there’s lots more to change and work on,” said the Burnley boss.
However, he insisted the positive impact of staying top before the international break could not be underestimated.
“It’s nice for the all-round situation. It’s good for the fans, good for the players, good for the club – and coming off the back of what I thought was a terrific performance,” he added.
“It was arguably one of the best performances because of lots of different reasons.
“You have got all of a sudden an interest in Burnley, cameras are here and I’ve just got manager of the month – all of those things go into the melting pot – being top of the league. The fans and people are wondering ‘can you win again?’.
“And then we go and deliver a fantastic performance, to keep that clarity and focus on the game.”
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