Amid the rush to over-complicate football, words such as respect, discipline, pride and passion sometimes seem quaint, but they are tenets of the Dyche regime and key ingredients in extracting the honest toil he expects from his players, without which the importance placed on sports science would not mean so much.
Endeavour is as entrenched at Burnley as ego is absent. Speak to what is largely a British core of players and they will tell you they have not encountered a dressing room like it. It helps that about 60 per cent of the squad relegated last season remain at the club, but there are no cliques.
Visit tMoyes says he will “make it impossible” for West Ham United not to extend his 18-month contract.Moyes has returned to East London to replace Manuel Pellegrini.”There is a clause in my contract to extend the deal,” said Moyes. “I’m going to make it imhe training ground at lunchtime and every day a different group of players will be sat with each other. When Andre Gray signed from Brentford for £9 million last summer, the striker who has just been voted Championship Player of the Year for the 24 goals that have spearheaded Burnley’s promotion push presented a direct threat to Sam Vokes’s place in the team. The pair now car-share.
Ashley Barnes, another forward, drives a Smart car. Anyone who even hints at getting a little big for his boots is playfully slapped down. The players take pleasure in recording personalised birthday messages for every young fan on the Junior Clarets membership scheme. Walk into the training ground wearing a cap and captain Tom Heaton is just as likely to tell you to remove it as the catering or security staff.
The impact on the dressing room of players such as Heaton, midfielder David Jones and centre-half Michael Keane, all of whom came through the ranks at Manchester United under the watchful eye of Sir Alex Ferguson, has been contagious. But it is another individual, whose professionalism has been the subject of multiple inquests during a controversial career, schedule for the upcoming CONCACAF Olympic Games Final Qualification Tournament for eight teams early in the New Year, with the United States, Canada and Jamaica, who all participated in the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, participating along withwho has been as important as any. Eyebrows were raised when Dyche signed Joey Barton last August.
Only a few months earlier, Barton had reacted to some provocation on Twitter in the wake of QPR’s relegation by claiming that as “c–p” and “overrated” as his team might be, “at least we don’t have to live in Burnley”, alongside a picture of a desolate town centre. When one fan claimed he had ts Manchester City to steer clear of conceding free-kicks against Burnley on Tuesday.The Clarets pose a tough aerial threat with bruising forward duo Chris Wood and Ashley Wood.”Defend high and try to play as much as possible – to avoid set-pieces askilled his chances of ever signing for Burnley, Barton replied sarcastically: “Gutted. Always dreamed of living there.”
Yet as Barton prepares to face his former club a year on,. He was one of four Burnley players, along with Gray, Keane and Heaton, named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year and with good reason. He has been their beating heart, a symbol of their work ethic and spirit.
When Burnley trailed to Bolton Wanderers with 20 minutes left in February and Middlesbrough last month, it was Barton who grabbed the ball out of his own net, raced to the centre circle to get the game back under way and willed his team-mates to force their way back into the match. On both occasions they did.
Since losing 3-0 at Hull City on Boxing Day, Burnley have gone 21 matches unbeaten in the league, a post-war record for a single season. Incredibly, they have lost just 10 of their past 93 Championship games under Dyche, dating back to the 2012/13 campaign.
Off the pitch, the statistics look just as good. In their accounts for 2014/15, Burnley posted a post-tax profit of £30.1 million, with wages accounting for only 37 per cent of turnover, and by next summer they will open their new £10.6 million training centre. Few clubs in the country are as well run.
In an age when there is an obsession with possession-based football, the Premier League is likely to be won by Leicester City, while the Champions League and Championship could end up being won by Atlético Madrid and Burnley respectively, teams who run themselves into the ground and do not worry about dominating the ball.
With Burnley’s two title rivals, Middlesbrough and Brighton, playing each other on the final day, Dyche’s team could have secured promotion by this evening. Fortune certainly favours the hard-working.