Burnley's man-management specialist not scared of the Premier League


Burnley boss Sean Dyche insists he will be going into the top flight with no fear.

The Clarets enjoyed a tremendous Championship campaign last term, clinching automatic promotion to the Premier League when they were odds-on to be relegated to League One at the start of the season.

That form gives Dyche confidence that his side have the belief and determination to succeed at a higher level, despite the fact that the club may not be able to compete for big-money signings in the transfer market.

In fact, the Burnley boss says he would prefer not to sign any big 'stars' so as to not disrupt the cohesion within his squad. He also insists he is heading into next season with no fear.

"We are leaving Burnley-world and going into the reality of Premier League-world but it’s not scary," Dyche told the Daily Mail.

"I know if you catch some of those top boys like [Sergio] Aguero and [Alexis] Sanchez when they are on a hot day, you can get badly hurt.

"But without being disrespectful, they are still human. They have ups and downs, no player no matter how valuable can be a magician every single week."

For the 43-year-old, his style of management has nothing to do with barking instructions at his players. Indeed, Dyche believes man-management itself is far more important.

"People have pre-conceptions about me because of my appearance, they think I must shout and bawl at my players, but that is so far from the reality," he said.

"I like to give the players lots of information about what we do. That’s the way I wanted managers and coaches to treat me when I was a player – but it didn’t often happen."

Clarets fans will be hoping that approach can help their side survive the battle against relegation back to the Championship, Burnley's transfer business so far mirroring Dyche's steady principles.

With a mixture of free agents and established players coming in, five new signings have arrived at Turf Moor this summer, including Matt Gilks, Matt Taylor, Marvin Sordell, Steven Reid and Michael Kightly.

No 'big names' to speak of, then. Just players who should fit right into Dyche's philosophy. So far, it has proved a winning one.

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