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Suzanne Geldard: Now is the time for Burnley to offer Dyche a contract
Updated 1:07pm Thursday 13th March 2014 in Sport
SAM Vokes has signed one. Supporters will hope that Danny Ings and Kieran Trippier follow suit.
But when it comes to new contracts, Burnley should make manager Sean Dyche their top priority.
Even before Sunday’s historic derby win the reputation of the Clarets boss was getting better by the game given what he has achieved this season.
He has the smallest squad, with a budget to match.
His only spend since taking charge in October 2012 was on Ashley Barnes in January. Free transfers including goalkeeper Tom Heaton and midfielders Scott Arfield and David Jones have been nothing short of phenomenal.
He has used the least amount of players this season in the Championship, yet defied logic and the odds to keep Burnley in the top two for much of the campaign.
Whatever happens in the remainder of the season, he has already earned hero status if the post-match ovation and adulation was anything to go by at Ewood Park.
No-one could have foreseen this 12 months ago, when Burnley were trying to avoid getting sucked into a relegation battle.
Where there is now praise from the stands, there was pressure.
The manager accepted the situation for what it was but never strayed from his long-term view, reminding the board of it, and knowing that all he needed was a full pre-season with his players to get his points and methods across.
He was proved right.
Of the two-and-a-half-year contract he signed just 12 months of that will remain in the summer.
There will have already been discussions with the board about prolonging that but the sooner those words become actions the better because Dyche's stock is rising.
With that, his arm has been strengthened by the miracles he has worked at Turf Moor.
Should Burnley go back to the Premier League, as seems increasingly likely, the next challenge will be to stay there.
Dyche will want to succeed where others have failed.
If he can do that with a contract extension already in place, then everyone can look forward together.
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