NEW Burnley chairman Alan Pace has reiterated his admiration for the work done by boss Sean Dyche – and how integral he is to the Clarets’ evolution.

With a background in sports data and a completely fresh outlook, owners ALK Capital look set to bring that into the recruitment set-up at Turf Moor.

Pace insists however, having arrived at the start of what looks to be a fascinating transfer window for Burnley, he will not be ripping up the good work done by the club’s long-serving boss.

“It’s our goal to make us England’s favourite underdog,” he told the Mail on Sunday.

“We want to take down some of the big boys and Sean is critical to what we’re doing.

“What does a great manager do? Help people rise beyond what they think they can achieve.

“We’ve seen that consistently and that tells you how great Sean is. He’s doing an awesome job.

‘We would like him to continue for as long as he’d like to. That will be his choice.”

Arriving at the start of the new year means Pace’s phone has been busy, but he insists he won’t be falling into any traps in a bid to ensure the Clarets finish the season strongly, things having been coming together on the pitch after a tough start.

There will also be no big claims about rapid progress at Turf Moor after years of beating the odds in the top flight.

He said: “I’ve been offered players within 24 hours of being in charge.

“That is ridiculous. I don’t like what I see from agents. There is a good chance for us to do things differently.

“What you’ll learn from us is that we under-promise and over-deliver.

“The last thing we want to do is come here and say ‘We’ll spend £30million in the window, we’ll be in the Champions League in five years’.

“We are here to work our tails off and there will be some cool stuff along the way.

“There is an evolution on the sports tech side and it’s really time football started to go a bit further.

“When you look at data and analytics, they don’t require someone needing to have done 30 years as a scout.

“There is a little bit of living in the past in football.”