Former Burnley defender Kieran Trippier says the togetherness in the squad was key to their promotion in 2014.

Trippier played a key role as the Clarets finished second in the Championship in Sean Dyche’s first full season in charge at Turf Moor.

The full-back had nothing but positive things to say about his time playing under Dyche and hailed the former Burnley boss for what he achieved on a limited budget.

Trippier told Under the Cosh Podcast: “He was just a brilliant manager for Burnley and his record speaks for itself.

“To be fair, he had no budget there as well. The players we signed were either free transfers or a couple of hundred grand.

“The year we got promoted, I think we spent about £500,000 and that was on Ashley Barnes.

“But with that team spirit we had, our team might not have been as good as the Leicesters or whoever, but we had that togetherness and that takes you even further.”

Trippier left East Lancashire in the summer of 2015 to join Tottenham and also had a spell overseas with Atletico Madrid.

The 32-year-old has also become a regular on the international stage, scoring a memorable free-kick against Croatia in the 2018 World Cup semi-final.

He is currently playing for Newcastle under Eddie Howe, who initially brought him to Turf Moor from Manchester City back in 2011.

Trippier says several clubs were interested in him after the Clarets’ promotion to the top flight but believes staying at Burnley for an extra year was the right thing to do at that stage of his career.

“After the season we got promoted there were a few clubs interested,” he added.

“There was obviously Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool before they got (Nathaniel) Clyne as well. It was either me or him going to go to Liverpool.

“The year we got promoted, I only had a year left on my contract and Dyche wanted me to sign a contract that had a release clause.

“I thought it made sense for me to play 38 games in the Premier League and get that experience.”