Dyche: Burnley can match big spenders
SEAN Dyche thinks Burnley can continue to upset the Championship’s big spenders – after overcoming financial restrictions to guide the Clarets to the top of the table.
Burnley’s reluctance to spend in recent seasons has often been a controversial subject among fans, hoping that the club’s windfall from a campaign in the Premier League would have given them greater financial muscle in the second tier.
Instead Clarets have sold star men Jay Rodriguez and Charlie Austin in recent times, the latter of whom was not replaced up front by a cash buy.
But such a cautious approach has not hindered Burnley so far this season, with Dyche guiding the club to first place in the Championship after 11 matches.
That puts them above clubs who have made far higher financial outlays on signings and wages including Leicester, Nottingham Forest, Reading and QPR – although the latter have a game in hand.
Dyche thinks the Clarets can continue to compete despite their obvious disadvantages.
“No-one has a divine right to achieve things in this division,” Dyche said.
“Every manager has a different challenge. The people with the big money have an expectation of ‘you must do it’, for the people with not so much money it’s ‘can we achieve and do more?’, and for the people in the middle band it’s ‘can we have a season where we’re up there and not dropping down there?’.
“We’re just part of that group. No-one has a divine right.”
The manager takes pride from the fact that the Clarets’ current strategy has worked, in an era when many clubs are tempted to gamble with finances to push for success.
“It’s a balance,” he said.
“We’ve had pockets of supporters who asked, ‘Why are we not spending big money?’.
“There are pockets who understand the situation and pockets who are indifferent.
“The good thing is whatever way people think, by hook or by crook, by design or not, it’s beginning to work and there are good signs.
“We obviously feel that it’s by design, that there’s a strategy in place from me as a manager through my staff to the team.
“The club have had to apply some of that with finances, but I don’t think it’s radical change for Burnley as I learn about the club’s history.
“People have told me about times when the club have had to sell to balance the books.
“It is what it is, I don’t think it’s necessarily negative, it just makes the challenge slightly more difficult.”
The club Dyche supported as a boy, Kettering Town, have been among those who have encountered financial difficulties in recent times.
The Northamptonshire side had to leave their long term home at Rockingham Road and dropped three divisions from the Conference to the Southern League Division One Central, before recently avoiding a winding up order.
But Dyche is reluctant to preach about the need for financial prudence.
“I’m certainly not going to start questioning others,” he said.
“I know how tough this business is. Each owner or board have a decision to make about how they go about their business.
“I don’t think people deliberately make decisions that would affect the future of a club.
“They might gamble a bit more, it just really is down to the people at that club, they’ll decide what’s right.”