BURNLEY manager Sean Dyche insists he bears no ill feeling towards Watford, as he prepares to face his former club for the first time since his summer sacking.
Despite guiding the Hornets to their best finish for four years, the club dispensed with the 41-year-old’s services at the end of last season, following a £15million Italian takeover.
But Dyche stressed he does not hold a grudge, revealing it is not his style to feel emotional about football.
The only feeling he wants to experience tomorrow is the elation of a win – but more for the sake of getting three points than getting one over Watford.
“I sort of compartmentalise my career, I had a great time there, but there’s no will to brush them aside or prove a point,” said the Clarets boss, pictured.
“I’m just not like that – I wasn’t like that as a player going back to old clubs, people asking me is it a big game – it was just another game.
“I don’t do that emotional thing. There’s a time and place for reflecting on that, and it’s not now, it will be in many years to come.
“I’ve had a reasonable attachment to all the clubs I’ve been at, but I’m at Burnley now, that’s it, end of.
“I’m Burnley manager and I want to give everything I can to this project we’ve got going here.”
Dyche, who ironically returned to first club Nottingham Forest last weekend, added: “It’s just another big game where we want to get the three points. I don’t think any more deeply about it than that.
“The only difference is the Blackburn game because it means so much to everyone. I’m beginning to understand the history and the feel for that type of game.
“The reality is every game deserves serious attention, in my way of dealing with football, and it’s how I want my teams to play because there’s always an end outcome, to win.”
And after suffering a 2-0 defeat in their last outing, at the City Ground, Dyche insists he is looking for a response.
“We’re looking to give a performance worthy of a win,” he said.
“At the moment, I don’t think we’ve got the points we’ve deserved – we’ve had three big refereeing decisions go against us in the last six games. It’s not an excuse, it’s a fact.
“But I’m a great believer in making and earning your own luck, and our performance levels in general have been acceptable, especially in terms of keeping the ball.
“We’ve been creating chances and haven’t given too much away, it’s about dealing with things in our own box and making sure we’re clinical at the other end.”
Dyche believes there have been good signs in his eight games in charge, which last week drew recognition from one of the best in the business.
“Sir Alex Ferguson told me he was thrilled with how we played against, Blackburn when I saw him after the youth game at Old Trafford, so that’s not bad to hear!” he smiled.
“We’ve changed the framework slightly and made ourselves a harder unit to beat, and because the goals aren’t coming as freely, people suggest you’re not making chances, but we are – statistically we are as well.
“We feel it will come though, we have good players and good technicians.”
Watford, meanwhlie, have a different make-up to the team Dyche took charge of last season.
“There’s only three or so playing on a weekly basis from the squad we have with all the loan players, so they’re a different animal now,” he said.
“They’ve suddenly found wealth and an influx of players – I think they have 40-plus professionals.
“Ironically, when I was there it was felt we had too many with around 30!
“We weren’t playing enough youth players either, and hardly any are playing now, only Tommy Hoban, who was a young player we developed.
“It’s a different vehicle and way of doing their business, and every club has it's own way – there’s no right or wrong, it’s just finding the way that's appropriate for every club.”
Watford’s policy of using the foreign loan market has drawn criticism.
Ten out of the 14 have been signed from another of the Pozzo family’s clubs – Serie A side Udinese.
Asked whether it was a route Burnley might consider exploring, Dyche said: “We don’t own another club – we’re happy with what we’re doing here, and there are some good signs.
“We’ve changed a lot behind the scenes and the players have been very open and are adapting. We’re quietly positive and think the players will be rewarded as we go along.”