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Dyche: Burnley are ready to move forward again
NEW Burnley boss Sean Dyche is confident that the Clarets are ready to start moving forward again after needing time to find their feet following relegation from the Premier League.
Burnley finished eighth and then 13th in the two seasons after slipping out of the top flight and currently sit 14th in the table following Eddie Howe’s departure.
But Dyche was unveiled to the media for the first time as Burnley manager at a press conference yesterday and is optimistic that the club can begin to make progress follo-wing his arrival.
The 41-year-old takes charge of his first match at home to Wolves tomorrow, and believes his previous experience as boss at Watford, who found themselves in a similar situation trying to cope with life back in the second tier with restricted finances, can benefit him at Turf Moor.
“It has been a transition,” Dyche said of the past couple of seasons at Burnley.
“When Watford went through it they called it the heaven and hell of the Premier League. The reality is you go into the Premier League and it’s tough to compete regardless of who you are, and then you come out and everyone is sort of confused about where they should be.
“But over time there is a reality and a level that people find.
“Now I’m hoping that transition is about right and people are saying, ‘All right, now we’re ready to rebuild’.
“We want to challenge again, we want to be competitive. That’s certainly what I want to bring to the club. I want to look at where we are now and how we move forward.”
The Clarets’ biggest issue in recent times has been inconsistency, something Dyche is keen to eradicate quickly.
“The obvious aim is to become more consistent and more competitive on a consistent basis,” he said.
“Sometimes I look and they’ll have runs of losses and runs of wins, and it’s about trying to make that more even in the initial spell.
“The aim is to become ultra-competitive on a weekly basis.
“Once you start getting wins then everyone starts coming together and you can start moving forward.”
Last season Dyche led Watford to their highest position for four years, only to be surprisingly sacked in the summer when the club’s new Italian owners decided to install Gianfranco Zola as boss.
But the former Chesterfield defender says he retains firm belief in his own ability as a manager, with his Hornets exit not down to results on the field.
Asked if he felt he had a point to prove, Dyche said: “Not really, a lot of people make that kind of assumption but not at all, it’s business.
“I said it when I came out of Watford, we all love football but we don’t always love the football business.
“It doesn’t soften what I felt there and it doesn’t soften what I did there, but what it does is leave me in a position which in a strange way is a big positive, coming to Burnley Football Club.
“Out of every negative comes a positive and I’m more interested in what we do here.
“I haven’t lost any belief in myself and I don’t think managers do.
“You get knocks and bruises but I’ve been in the game since I was 16 and I’ve had enough of that.
“I’m well aware it’s hard to get it to go right all of the time. Even the best get questioned, so there’s no reason why I wouldn’t.
“But you want to get it right as many times as you can – that’s the secret.”
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