SEAN Dyche believes Nick Pope's season of development at Turf Moor has worked wonders for him after the duo were nominated for individual awards for October.

Dyche is up for the Premier League's manager of the month award after the Clarets took seven points from a possible 12 during October, which Pope is up the player gong after keeping two clean sheets and making 21 saves in four games.

The nomination for 25-year-old Pope continues his meteoric rise since replacing the injured Tom Heaton during the win over Crystal Palace.

The former Charlton stopper didn't feature in the league last term, instead earning minutes in cup competitions, but he has proved more than ready for the Premier League since Heaton's dislocated shoulder sidelined the captain.

And Dyche believes that development of Pope out of the spotlight has helped him thrive now he's in the side.

"Last season he wasn’t even on the bench and I assured him ‘you are moving forward, trust me, you are developing and moving forward’," Dyche said.

"Then we build him into the team and he has the feel of it, what it is, walking around the Premier League. I don’t think it’s guaranteed but this year he got a chance and he was ready for it.

"Ideally you give these players a chance to breathe and learn because the Premier League is tough. If they can get ready for it properly that’s the best thing.

"He has done well. He has a good group in front of him. He works with a good group of goalkeepers and is working well. He is enjoying it and is growing into the game and what it is. He is understanding and absorbing it. He needs to continue that."

Dyche is one of four bosses in the frame for the Premier League manager of the month and he is up against City supremo Pep Guardiola, whose side won all three of their league outings during October, Arsene Wenger, who took nine points from 12 for Arsenal, and Tottenham chief Mauricio Pochettino whose record during the month reads two wins and a defeat.

Clarets fans can have their say as well, with the manager of the month award influenced by a public vote at, with the result of that then combined with the thoughts of an expert panel.

Pope faces competition for the award from Manchester City duo Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane, Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal, Glen Murray of Brighton and Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha.

You can vote for the winner of the award by visiting

The public votes closes at 11.59pm on Monday with the winners announced on Friday (November 10).