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Burnley goalkeeper is full of praise for manager Dyche
TOM Heaton has revealed how Sean Dyche’s ‘special’ managerial methods are inspiring him to think about a future in the dugout.
Manager of the month Dyche has been dubbed ‘Ginger Mourinho’ by Clarets fans for steering the club to the top of the Championship before the international break.
And Heaton feels it is no surprise that the 42-year-old’s reputation is growing in the game.
“If I could write down what the manager does and take it for when I finish my playing career I would do.
“I can’t talk highly enough of him at the minute,” said goalkeeper Heaton, who became Dyche’s first permanent signing at Turf Moor in the summer.
“He mixes it, he does whatever is required at the time.
“There have been times when we’ve come in at 2-0 perhaps and thought we’ve been top drawer and he’ll come in and fire a rocket.
“He keeps everyone on their toes and that is part and parcel of good management, and he certainly varies it and has all the different approaches, the calm and collected tactical view but then if we need that motivation from somewhere he has certainly got that as well.”
And Heaton says Dyche’s knack of drumming in the basics to his team is working wonders too.
“The recurring message just makes it simple for players, everyone in the squad responds to it,” he said.
“We’ve got ourselves super fit, on top of that we’ve got ability, we’ve got a great balance in the side and a great mentality.
“All the pieces of the puzzle seem to be in the right place at the minute and it bodes well for the team.”
But the stopper insists there is no room for complacency, certainly not under the former Watford manager’s watch “As you’d expect to hear from him (Dyche) and what he keeps preaching to us, it’s irrelevant what has gone before,” added Heaton.
“It’s about keeping that going and going beyond it and improving and that is probably why it has been so good. We’ve had a couple of great results but let’s go again and again and that’s why you’re getting a lot of players responding to it.
“We don’t look any further than the next game, whether that be a cup game, league game, reserve game, development squad game, and it’s about the process not the outcome and the process for us at the minute is to give everything, and if every player gives everything in terms of effort we know the ability we’ve got in the squad and we’re going to be super competitive in every game.”
And the former Bristol City and Cardiff keeper insists the whole squad is buying into Dyche’s ethics.
“The team spirit and understanding has been a massive factor, it’s one part of a big puzzle but it’s a big part,” he said.
“The centre halves have been excellent, you could go through the whole side really, beyond partnerships it’s the units as well and the units make the team and it has been excellent.
“One of the biggest things I’ve been impressed with since I’ve been here is the fact that when players have come off the bench, like Brian Stock at Leeds.
“He came on when we were 2-1 up with 10 or 15 minutes to go and he got everyone going, and if you see that as a team-mate that’s great.
“On a personal note he hasn’t played as much as he would like but he wants to give everything for the side and wants to make an impact and keep everyone going and make sure we get a result at Elland Road. It’s a great squad mentality and that has been a key factor.
“It comes down to management of players and the mentality throughout the squad, whether you’re playing or not.”
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