Sean Dyche is the reason I came to Burnley, says new signing Michael Kightly (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Sean Dyche is the reason I came to Burnley, says new signing Michael Kightly
MICHAEL Kightly says he made a ‘football decision’ to join Burnley and Sean Dyche was the driving factor behind it.
The winger, who arrived on a season-long loan from Stoke on deadline day, spent time under the Clarets boss while on loan at Watford from Wolves two seasons ago.
He described Dyche’s man-management as ‘the best’ he had worked under.
And looking ahead to the prospect of a derby debut next weekend, he said the chance to work with the 42-year-old once more was an offer he couldn't refuse.
“Playing under the gaffer from my time at Watford I know how he likes to work, I think his training is very good, I like the way he likes to play – the intensity that he likes to work at, along with Woany (Ian Woan) and Tony (Loughlin) the staff he had at Watford.
“I know what I’m getting from them, and his man-management more importantly is probably the best I’ve played under,” said Kightly, 27.
“I’ve played under a few managers who’ve had different styles. I like the way this manager works.
“From what I saw in my three months at Watford he’s a very good manager.
“I felt like he knew how to get the best out of me. To be honest that was the main reason why I wanted to come here.”
Kightly, who played alongside current Clarets Jason Shackell, David Jones and Sam Vokes during his six years at Wolves, admitted he had a race against time for the deal to go through, with the paperwork completed three minutes before Monday’s 11pm deadline.
“I knew Burnley had made an approach last week to take me on loan but after the Derby game I just assumed I would go when the loan window re-opens. I didn’t expect anything to get done on transfer deadline day to be honest,” he said.
“I was just sitting at home chilling in my shorts and t-shirt and it went a bit crazy.
“I got a few phonecalls from my agent about other clubs and then he told me that he was hoping that Burnley was going to go through, because I’d told him I wanted to come here.
“It was a bit of a mad rush, I had to fly round to my missus’ aunt and uncle’s because they had a scanner. The contract got sent over to her, she scanned it off and we sent it back. It was a bit tight.
“I didn’t expect it to be so frantic but she did well for me.”
He added: “I had a few other options but as soon as I knew that Burnley were involved – I’ve played under the gaffer before so there was only really one option for me.
“No disrespect to the other clubs, but I just felt I wanted to make a decision purely on football. I think I’ve done that.”
Kightly could make his debut in next Saturday’s televised home game against bitter rivals Blackburn Rovers.
“I’ve had a little look at the fixtures and it’s a nice big one so I look forward to hopefully being involved in that,” he said.
“It’s been on TV before so I’ve seen what it’s like. The atmosphere will be good that day and hopefully if I’m involved I’ll enjoy it.
“I’ve played in derbies before at Wolves.
“West Brom was a massive derby so I imagine it will be similar to that. I’ve not played in one quite so north so I’ll be long forward to it.
“Those kind of games is what you play the game for.”
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