SEAN Dyche is hoping a week in Cork can have the same impact on his current Burnley squad as it did in the summer of 2013.

The Clarets spent a week training at Fota Island in Dyche's first pre-season at the club and it laid the foundations for a memorable season, as Burnley cast aside predictions they could be in for a relegation battle to secure promotion to the Premier League.

That was the first promotion under Dyche and although relegation followed a year later the Clarets bounced back with the title and are now back in Cork having finished seventh in the Premier League and secured European football for the first time in 51 years.

But that first trip to the south of Ireland remains a memorable one for Dyche.

“We had good memories of coming here from a professional point of view but it did lead to a big season and it was, in many ways, the starting point of what has carried on from then,” the Clarets chief said.

“We knew it was a good facility and we have a lot of new players now, who won’t remember this from last time.

“The weather is unbelievable again too, which helps, but it was a case of ticking the boxes. You want good pitches, good facilities and a little bit of access, and we’ve enjoyed this facility before and made a good start today.

“It’s been a good beginning to pre-season and everyone is here, although Johann (Berg Gudmundsson) won’t come this week because it’s important that he gets some down time."

It's a pre-season with a difference this time as Burnley count down the days until their Europa League second qualifying round tie with Aberdeen.

The first leg takes place at Pittodrie in just two weeks time, with the return at Turf Moor a week later.

While Dyche insists Burnley are embracing being in Europe, he insists the Premier League has to remain the 'bread and butter' for the wellbeing of the club.

“It’s a strange thing about the psyche because it’s a tremendous thing for Burnley Football Club to be in Europe,” he said.

“It’s not there to be taken lightly and we won’t be doing that, but it has to be balanced against the Premier League because that’s the bread and butter of what we’re about.

“You can go back into that debate of downplaying cups, but it’s nothing to do with that. The fact is the Premier League is our bread and butter, but alongside that, the first time in Europe in 51 years means we are looking forward to that as well.

“We know the challenges of both, so therefore the importance of pre-season, and working in the market to add to the group and make it stronger, all combine."