Andy Lochhead: Dyche has made the difference for Clarets

This Is Lancashire: Sean Dyche Sean Dyche

I MUST admit, I still pinch myself when I wake up in a morning and think about where Burnley are in the league table.

By close of play tomorrow the dream could become a reality.

I’ve never known the town this buoyant. Clarets supporters are all over the moon. And it’s all because of the manager.

When Sean Dyche came in and spoke about a one-club mentality you wondered whether it would be possible to achieve such an ideal, and how it could be done.

But in less than two seasons he has cracked it, completely uniting the town and the club.

He said results would be the key factor, and of course in many ways he is right. But I think the town have really warmed to him as a person as much as a manager, and bought into everything he has said.

While we are all living the dream, this is no fluke, and once Burnley get up, I’m sure the manager is the man to keep them up.

I hope the board concur with that and put him on a longer contract, because I can see him here for the long haul and establishing the Clarets as a Premier League side.

He’s certainly the type of manager I would have wanted to play for – no-nonsense, straight talking, tells you what he wants you to do and the least he expects is hard work. He knows the fans have similar expectations and that is what has galvanised the togetherness.

He is immaculate on the touchline, but with the passion you like to see in a manager.

He keeps his messages and instructions simple to his players, and that’s important. You can get bogged down with information if you are bombarded with it. All you want is to do your job and do it well.

He has done a good job with existing players. You only have to look at the transformation in Sam Vokes to appreciate that.

But there are plenty of others whose games have been enhanced under his watch.

He has impressed me with the signings he has made too.

For me, it stems back all the way to pre-season with the hard work all the players had to put in, and they have carried it right the way through the course of the campaign.

They are on the verge of getting their rewards and I can’t wait for the promotion party to start.

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3:22pm Fri 11 Apr 14

zulu_sotv says...

As a Birmingham fan, living up here.
I have to take my hat off to Dyche and Burnley, who have been magnificent, both in the manner that they play the game and their consistency.
I really hope they make promotion as its richly deserved.
gonna by tough next season but don't think about that.
Enjoy the moment when it happens.
As a Birmingham fan, living up here. I have to take my hat off to Dyche and Burnley, who have been magnificent, both in the manner that they play the game and their consistency. I really hope they make promotion as its richly deserved. gonna by tough next season but don't think about that. Enjoy the moment when it happens. zulu_sotv
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3:54pm Fri 11 Apr 14

FCBurnley says...

Cheers Zulu. Fancy changing from Blue to Claret ? At least you would enjoy us beating The Villa.
Cheers Zulu. Fancy changing from Blue to Claret ? At least you would enjoy us beating The Villa. FCBurnley
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10:02pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Burnley59/60 says...

I have said it before but Burnley have always moved to a different beat,I am praying that once again the team from the small East lancashire Milltown can haunt Europe once more as they once did when I was young in The Wonderfull early 1960s,others will say no but we all know that The Claret Flame Burns Brightly once more and with Turfmoor filled to The Rafters and the Town Behind the team 100% then its still possiable and let all the foreign owned teams and their fans fear The Claret And Blue Of Burnley Once more UTC Long Live Turfmoor
I have said it before but Burnley have always moved to a different beat,I am praying that once again the team from the small East lancashire Milltown can haunt Europe once more as they once did when I was young in The Wonderfull early 1960s,others will say no but we all know that The Claret Flame Burns Brightly once more and with Turfmoor filled to The Rafters and the Town Behind the team 100% then its still possiable and let all the foreign owned teams and their fans fear The Claret And Blue Of Burnley Once more UTC Long Live Turfmoor Burnley59/60
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