SEAN Dyche has a job at Burnley Football Club for as long as he wants it. That is the message from new Clarets chairman Alan Pace.

The American businessman, who with ALK Capital last week completed a takeover of the club – the first of its kind in Burnley’s long history, revealed that Dyche was a big draw when he and his business partners began the search for a club to invest in.

Longevity and leadership were two qualities in the Clarets boss that impressed Pace the most.

And the new Burnley chief hopes Dyche remains part of their plans for a long time to come.

Asked if Dyche had a job for as long as he wanted, Pace said: “Absolutely. Sean is one of the things that led us to want to do this. It’s really important for people to realise that and hopefully I have expressed that to him directly.

“Longevity and consistency and the good fortune of having someone who is a strong and capable leader like he is, is a blessing for us.

“Leaders do one thing – they help us do things we didn’t think we could do. They bring us and raise us above ourselves.

“He’s been able to do that consistently and that consistency tells me a lot.

“It’s not just being a magician, that’s not it, a magician does it once in a while. There’s consistency here that we really, really like.”

The pair were not permitted to make contact until the takeover was complete. But despite doing his homework on the manager, Pace admitted Dyche took him by surprise on their first meeting. “He asked me a question I really didn’t think he would ask. He knew of my religion and how we feel about drinking – we don’t drink alcohol – and he asked if that applied to him,” smiled Pace, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“I loved our conversation. I think he’s a great guy.

“I really didn’t know what to expect, because you hear this raspy voice at his press conferences and he seems a little firm. But I think he’s lovely.

“I think we are going to get on with very, very well, and there’s a lot of stuff we can do together. And I hope he feels the same way.”