Sky Sports pundit labels Burnley manager a genius

Ian Holloway

Burnley are heading back to England's top tier after beating Queens Park Rangers on Monday.

Former manager and Sky Sports pundit Ian Holloway has praised Burnley manager Sean Dyche, labelling him a genius.

Burnley secured promotion to the Premier League with a 1-0 over Queens Park Rangers on Monday, and Holloway told Sky Sports of his admiration for the work Dyche has done at Turf Moor.

"Sean deserves such credit. This is by far and away his best achievement."

Holloway claims that this season's promotion will rank higher than the one two seasons ago, because this time, it was what was expected of Burnley:

"He has pressure this time, whereas last time they were under the radar. They were expected to do it and to deliver in such a way shows he has got so much talent."

The Clarets unbeaten run began on December 28th and has seen them go 22 games unbeaten, something that Holloway feels is an incredible feat in a division as tough as the Championship:

"At this level, the unbeaten run is unbelievable. He's a genius."

The Lancashire outfit can wrap up the Championship title next weekend with a victory at Charlton, and it would be a fitting way to end such a great season for Dyche's men. 

A sign of how good Burnley have been this year is their representation in the PFA team of the year, with Andre Gray, Joey Barton, Michael Keane and Tom Heaton all selected, and former Clarets boss Steve Cotterill singled out Barton for praise when speaking to Sky Sports:

"Barton has been a real leader. He didn't start the season with them and he has had to get up to speed and into the team. He has done that and has been a wonderful signing."

Dyche will now have to start preparations for another year in the top flight, and will be hoping that this time his side can establish themselves in the Premier League.

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