SEAN Dyche is looking forward to going up against another English boss today and is pleased that the number in the top flight has grown.

The new season has seen it move up to eight homegrown managers, Aston Villa's Dean Smith among them.

The 48-year-old has worked his way through the coaching ranks with spells at Walsall and Brentford coming before he landed the big gig at his hometown club.

"Chris Wilder has done it as well, I’ve got tremendous respect for these people," said Dyche ahead of the trip to Villa Park. 

"There’s Graham Potter as well in a different way.

"It’s good for coaches at large but it’s certainly good for British coaches to show that there are different ways of getting there.

"It’s still often that you get promoted into the Premier League and if you stay there you can build on that.

"Certainly there’s some new faces, some newcomers, some new thoughts and it will be interesting to see how they all go."

Whatever level he has managed at, Smith has tried to play free-flowing attacking football, so there should be no surprises for the Clarets.

"I think you do (know the style) with a lot sides," Dyche said.

"That’s just part of it and most managers will twist and tweak it to their liking.

"Even with players of the level that Man City have got, they play with a certain style but there will be twists and turns and they will look for different areas to exploit.

"We do the same within what everyone suggests is a simple 4-4-2 but there’s a little bit more to it than that I would hope. A little bit more detail.

"Dean will have his format, the way he thinks he wants to work with the players and they will try and deliver that as we will to try and win the game."