Sean Dyche praises Burnley following promotion party

Burnley FC press room

The Burnley manager praised his team's achievement as 'historic', as victory over Wigan secures a return to the Premier League.

Dyche - who has been in charge at Turf Moor for 18 months - celebrated with his players, after a 2-0 victory over play-off hopefuls Wigan gave the Clarets the three points necessary to secure promotion back to the English top flight. Given that pre-season previews had Burnley sitting securely mid-table - without troubling the play-offs, let alone automatic promotion - Dyche's achievement is all the greater.

Working on a smaller budget than almost all their Championship rivals, with a squad that only used 22 players over the course of the season, the former Watford coach instilled a grounded mentality that has worked wonders as the season has drawn on.

It is a testament to Dyche's coaching abilities that he has had such success with the squad he inherited.

Although the quality of the football is not the greatest, his team press with such intensity - with the full-backs playing high up the pitch - and never cease to attack. Being renowned through his playing career as a typical English centre-half, Dyche has instilled the same hard-working mentality onto his players, and they can be argued as being the most physically fit team in the division.

Yet, for all the success that Dyche has brought, he remained as humble as ever at close of play on Easter Monday. Praising the club, rather than individuals, is proof of the unit-mentality that has been a cause of their success this season.

Speaking after the game, Dyche said: "I think what we have done is historic.

''The challenges of the Championship are getting harder and harder because clubs that get relegated are getting richer and some of the clubs are just getting richer by their backers.

''So to do it automatically is the thing that is getting harder.

''To do it in the play-offs, who knows; but to do it automatically, having amassed the points we have, with a very low budget in the grand scheme of this division, and using 22 players is incredible. I don't think those markers will be hit again."

Rather than accepting the success as entirely self-produced, Dyche portrayed the promotion - and the methods used to achieve it - in relation to the wider world of football:

''That's why I'm particularly delighted, it's not just about our football club, I think it is a marker in history. The club have had many markers this season; this achievement possibly might be a marker for the bigger picture of football.''

It is surely a better thing for football when coaching ability - rather than money - is the cause of success. In relating his success with the history of football, it appears as if Dyche is reminiscing of an earlier time, when self-made success could be instantaneous for a previous minnow.

Much like Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool - who managed Watford whilst Dyche was a youth coach at the Hertfordshire club - Dyche deserves his success, and should indulge in it, just a little bit.

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