Manager Watch: Burnley boss to shine in the Premier League?

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche has been handed a new deal at Turf Moor and could be set to shine in England's top flight.

Nicknamed the ‘Ginger Mourinho’, 42-year-old Dyche was instrumental in the Clarets' push towards the Premier League last term, during which they finished eights points clear of third-placed Derby County - after initially being as short as 5/1 to be relegated from the Championship.

And the young boss' philosophy and subtle approach to man management could inspire further success once Burnley start plying their trade in the promised land. After all, a team that's motivated and hard-working from the off already has an advantage in the battle for survival.

"Even as a player, I wanted to chat about tactics and look at things more deeply," he said on Sky’s Footballers' Football Show back in November.

"It starts with the cultural environment. You set that in a positive tone, with good information and good support for the players. You then try to use all the tools to get the best out of people.

"Sometimes you call it horse whispering. You just walk past someone on the training ground and say 'fantastic, well done.'

"You go beyond the physical side of the game and the technical, you look at the people and say 'how are you feeling, are you ready?'"

And though these were Dyche's words several months ago, they really encapsulate his biggest selling point as a coach. A simple, effective philosophy - but one lost on so many managers today.

When Dyche was brought in at Turf Moor, Burnley were a lowly 14th in the Championship. Their turnaround has said it all.

The next step for the 42-year-old will undoubtedly be an important one: a hard summer's work in the transfer market, bringing the right players in to aid the Clarets in their first Premier League campaign since 2009/10.

Dyche and his squad will have to hit the ground running, of course, as Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side visit on the opening day of the league season, before an eye-catching clash with Manchester United two weeks later (Swansea City are the opponents in between).

For now, though, Burnley have made their most important singing of the summer: keeping Dyche on board.

The young coach's talents have not gone unnoticed, with Southampton a touted destination by bookies before Ronald Koeman took over at St. Mary's. Now for his biggest challenge yet.

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