NEWCASTLE boss Steve Bruce has hailed the work of Sean Dyche at Burnley with there set to be plenty of mutual respect on the touchline at Turf Moor this afternoon.

The Magpies head to East Lancashire having picked up seven points from their last three games in a real upturn in fortunes.

A tough week saw the Clarets lose three in a row but Bruce is full of admiration for the work of his opposite number over the last seven years.

"What you see is what you get with Sean. The feeling is mutual," the Toon boss said.

"He's a top lad and I'm delighted that he's done so well because there's another one who's had to work his way to the top, not afraid of hard work at all, and what he's done at Burnley in particular is quite magnificent."

For Dyche, it is no surprise that Newcastle make the trip to Turf Moor in good form, despite there being plenty of criticism of owner Mike Ashley when Geordie Bruce was chosen as the man to take over from Rafa Benitez in the summer.

"From a management point of view, I certainly wouldn't be doubting Steve," said the Burnley boss.

"I am a big fan of his, he has been very kind and helpful to me down the years going back to my Watford days.

"A top fella, both on and off the pitch, he is a very humble and helpful voice when you need a bit of advice. My impression and opinion of him is he is one of the best around."