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Clarets boss set to increase focus on hunt for new talent
SEAN Dyche intends to use Burnley’s Premier League platform as a means to boost the club’s scouting structure.
The Clarets boss reshuffled the club’s recruitment set-up soon after his appointment in October 2012 to have a bigger network of scouts on location to assess future opponents and scour the divisions for hidding gems on a budget.
Dyche will get his biggest transfer kitty in management this summer, after operating with restricted funds at both Watford and Burnley.
And while he has already set to work on targets to boost Burnley’s squad as they prepare for a return to the top flight, the Turf Moor chief is also looking for long-term benefits.
“We’ve been doing it for the last 18 months,” said Dyche when asked if he was looking to develop the club’s scouting network.
“It needs pushing further of course, but a lot of different things now open up.
“We’ve done a lot of work with the analysis side, we’ll add to that; the sports science side, we’ll add to that.
“The finance does give you the support to add to the background stuff.
“That’s a given really. There are things that will be put in process that will improve everything, gear us up to at least be competitive and give us every chance of being.”
Dyche will be monitoring the bottom end of the Premier League picture looking for options to cherry-pick from relegated teams, while also mindful of the need to finalise the futures of his existing players, with eight players out of contract.
Danny Lafferty, Michael Duff, Junior Stanislas, David Edgar, Luke O’Neill, Chris Baird, Brian Stock and Keith Treacy are all reaching the end of their current deals, while the loan spell of Michael Kightly will also come to an end in May.
“Everything will be looked at softly now but firming up as we get the last game complete,” said Dyche in reference to players staying or going.
Of the possibility of offering Kightly a permanent move, after he scored his third goal in as many games to secure the win over Ipswich Town on Saturday, the Burnley boss added: “We need to see. We need to let the dust settle and things calm down and everyone makes sense of it all.”
Meanwhile, Burnley signed off their home campaign by wearing a replica of their FA Cup winning kit to mark the 100th anniversary of their solo triumph in the final.
“It was a good idea. I’ve learnt more about the rich history of this club, and it’s obviously a very fitting season,” said Dyche.
“There have been so many positives this season it’s hard to remember them all.
“There have been so many historical markers, so many breakthroughs with results against teams who we don’t do well against. I think there were seven. I’ve never been to a club where suddenly there are seven teams you never do well against. That’s a strange one to me, but we turned around a lot of them and delivered well enough to get as many points as we can and got enough to get over the line.”
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