'Sean Dyche has totally transformed Burnley'


For a game that meant absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things, this actually developed into a rather entertaining affair at Turf Moor.

Proceedings were settled in ridiculous circumstances as Kevin Long’s slip allowed Jermain Defoe to tee up Callum Wilson for a somewhat undeserved injury-time winner.

14th May 2018

Burnley were good value for the first-half lead Chris Wood gave them, and whilst clear-cut chances were few and far between from then onwards, we probably should have killed the Cherries off before allowing them back into the tie.

Not that Sean Dyche will lose too much sleep over a defeat that never had any bearing on our seventh place finish.

Has this season been a success?

Unequivocally so. I, like the vast majority of Burnley fans I’m sure, would have settled for Premier League survival again this year.

A combination of astute summer signings and a much-improved level of top-flight nous proved the main catalyst for an unlikely Europa League charge, and what turned out to be a relatively comfortable finish.

Are you happy with your manager?

Dyche is by a million miles the finest Clarets manager of my lifetime. 

Transforming the club from mid-table Championship fodder to European qualifiers in the space of little more than five years, he’s firmly cemented himself in Burnley folklore for years to come.

As well as having a local pub named in his honour on the back of his incredible work this season, the fact that he holds a genuine chance of being named LMA manager of the year tells its own story.

What should be the club’s priority in the transfer market this summer?

Even if Ben Mee does decide to stay at Turf Moor, I’d prioritise the addition of another centre half.

Long, like every member of the playing squad, can hold his head high for his displays when called upon this term (perhaps barring the final day!), but we require better quality depth in that area.

I’d also like to see a creative advanced midfielder brought in, allowing us to operate to our full potential when a 4-5-1 system is deployed.

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What do you want to aim for next season?

Honestly, staying in the Premier League has to be the focus again. A tilt at the Europa League group stage would be brilliant, even if - given the size of our squad - it may restrict us from making further progress domestically.

After witnessing such an amazing improvement from one campaign to the next this season, however, I really think we can cope with the extra games should they materialise.

I really couldn’t ask for anything as lofty as this term with regards to league position, though.

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