Dyche: It’s Burnley not Barca

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has indicated that he will aim to strengthen his squad this summer after confirming that three players have left Turf Moor.

The Clarets flirted with relegation at times after starting the campaign very poorly, but will once again be a Premier League side when the 2019/20 season gets underway in August.

Dyche has confirmed that defender Stephen Ward and goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard have not had their contracts renewed, while striker Jon Walters is retiring from football due to injury.

Meanwhile, Peter Crouch is also out of contract, having moved to Turf Moor on a short-term deal in January, and Dyche is set to hold talks with the much-travelled veteran striker shortly.

Aaron Lennon and Phil Bardsley have both had options in their existing contracts activated so they will be at the club next season while Belgium international Steven Defour also remains under contract.

Dyche said: "This club is going to have to fight all the time to be at the top level of football, but we've shown we can do it. The thing is with life at Burnley, it's stop, stand still and then restart.

"It's Burnley, not Barcelona and we have to find ways of getting points on the board. The next one is never guaranteed from the last one and we are always looking to layer up strength, but it's difficult.

"The planning never stops because we obviously don't have the finances that others have, so we constantly have to keep our ear to the ground and an eye on the market. But you want competitiveness freshness and that often comes from players coming in."

Burnley are 7/1 to finish in the top half of the Premier League next season and 1/2 not to be relegated.

Mee proud of Clarets finish

Ben Mee says that Burnley can feel proud of finishing the season 15th in the Premier League after a difficult start.

The Clarets finished seventh in the league a year ago, ensuring qualification for the Europa League but the campaign, just finished, proved a different matter.

Sean Dyche's side looked destined for a season-long relegation fight and were three points from safety after defeat to Everton on Boxing Day.

However their form improved sharply after that, embarking on an eight-match unbeaten run including five wins to steer them clear of trouble.

Three more successive wins at the end of March and into April secured their top-flight status for at least another season and Mee feels they can look back with satisfaction at the way they climbed away from trouble.

Mee, who played every minute in the Premier League last season, one of only three players to do so, told the Lancashire Telegraph: "It's a really successful season for the club, and it gives us chance to rebuild and get even stronger next year.

"From where we were at halfway to where we are now, it's been a brilliant turnaround, and with the summer now, the club will get the chance to get that extra bit of money coming in and hopefully we can make the club even stronger than we are now."

Though well clear of relegation trouble Burnley did end the season on a three-game losing streak, their campaign coming to an end with a home defeat to Arsenal at Turf Moor on Sunday.

Burnley are 7/1 to finish next season in the top half of the Premier League while the Clarets are 13/8 to be relegated with Sheffield United 4/6 to spend just one season back in the top flight.

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Dyche rues slow start

Sean Dyche has demanded a much-improved display from his Burnley players when they take on Arsenal in the final game of the Premier League season.

The Clarets slipped to a 2-0 defeat against Everton on Friday – both goals coming in the first half with Richarlison's strike being deflected in off Ben Mee before Seamus Coleman headed home.

Burnley were better in the second half and Dyche thought they should have been awarded a penalty when Everton's former Clarets defender Michael Keane appeared to shove Matej Vydra.

Dyche said: "I think the slow start [cost us] definitely. It was kind of a strange game to get up for from a players' point of view, so much work has been done in the second half of the season, they're only human.

"He [Vydra] gets a push in the back and naturally falls. People fall, throw their arms around and roll over and get them all the time. I think that's a sad side of the game now but no-one else seems to be that bothered about it. C'est la vie.

"But we want to finish right against a good side in Arsenal, for the way we go about our business, and for the fans, who've been amazing."

Burnley can be backed at 16/5 to beat Arsenal and at 16/1 to win the encounter 1-0.

Dyche plotting summer moves

Burnley manager Sean Dyche hopes to strike the right balance between moving for new players while also keeping his current squad intact during the summer.

The Clarets pulled themselves clear of relegation danger thanks to a strong second half of the season, leaving Dyche to cast an eye forward to what he might be able to achieve in the transfer market in the coming months.

Ben Mee, James Tarwkoski and Dwight McNeil have all earned new deals recently, but Tom Heaton, Nick Pope, Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady and Ashley Westwood are all out of contract in the summer of 2020.

That leaves Dyche with plenty to ponder, but he is confident that he and the club hierarchy will get things right.

He told the Burnley Express: "I think there is an appropriate time to deal with things, so over the coming weeks we will go into more detail on the situation.

"We obviously want to look into the market. I don't know the numbers that are involved in what we can use as a club yet, but we want to be proactive in the market.

"But equally we want to be proactive in making sure the good players we have got (already) stay at the club.

"Obviously, we can't compete with everyone in the Premier League and we want players to feel settled here and want to be here, so we will look at varying contracts accordingly."

The Clarets are back in action on Friday evening when they head to Goodison Park to take on Everton, with a draw priced at 3/1 and a 1-0 win for the visitors available at 16/1.

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Dyche aiming to finish the job

Burnley boss Sean Dyche wants to see his team finish off the job of ensuring their Premier League safety as soon as possible, with their drop fears almost over already.

The Clarets are eight points clear of the drop zone ahead of the top-flight games on Sunday, but Dyche refuses to think that the job is done until his side are mathematically safe.

Ahead of a Monday evening trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea, he told the Burnley Express: "If you take a knock, you get on with it, you don’t sit on it and wallow, you carry on.

"We has a really tough first half of the season and a real clarity of mind has come together to get in the run we've had. Now it's about finishing it off.

"But to be so strong-minded to change the course of the season at game 19, that has been fantastic and they deserve a massive amount of credit.

"It means something to me as a manager and to my staff, but on a league table you only get judged when you get it done, and we have to get it done."

Dyche is waiting to see whether full-back Phil Bardsley is ready to return to action after a gash to his leg forced him to sit out two games, while Peter Crouch and Steve Defour are both definite absentees.

The visitors can be backed at 21/4 to gain a draw at Stamford Bridge, with the hosts 1/4 to win the game and 8/1 to do so by a 2-1 scoreline.

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Dyche praises Clarets recovery

Manager Sean Dyche heaped praise on his Burnley players after watching them defeat Cardiff City 2-0 at Turf Moor to make almost certain of Premier League survival.

The Clarets are now 11 points clear of the drop zone, having won three games in a row and having made a superb recovery from having started the season with just two win in their first 15 league matches.

However, Dyche is keen to see no let-up from his side until the job of securing top-flight football for next season is complete.

He commented at his post-match press conference: "If you look at Cardiff's next few games, they have three out of five away and it's tough going away in the Premier League.

"But, from our point of view, it's more important to get it factually done and we are doing a fine job of that.

"That's 27 points in 15 games now, which is a fantastic run of form – and the players deserve an enormous amount of credit.

"I did say at Christmas that we are a strong outfit and we'd keen going. It's been a tough season for many reasons and continues to be until it's done, but we’ve laid down a good marker."

Next up for the Clarets is a trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea next Monday, with Burnley having won this fixture 3-2 last season.

Dyche's men are 19/4 to earn a draw in West London, with the hosts 1/4 to win the game and 11/2 to do so by a 2-0 scoreline.

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Dyche hints at fresh Crouch terms

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has hinted striker Peter Crouch could be offered a new deal at the club this summer.

Having had appendix surgery, the 38-year-old forward is set to miss out on the rest of the Premier League season.

Crouch signed a short-term deal back in January but Dyche feels the veteran has done enough to continue his stay at Turf Moor.

He told the Burnley Express: "He was getting his teeth really into it, I thought he was coming on and being very effective in games. It was a real blow for him, but we'll worry about all the rest of it as time goes by.

"He's certainly done enough to be on our thinking about what he can do, the biggest thing for me, and I said it when he came in, was the desire, the edge players play with, and he's certainly shown that.

"He's come on and affected games, and worked hard to affect games, and you can see he has the competitive edge it takes to stay at the top level of anything.

"If that goes, you can see it, and he's definitely still got that."

Burnley are next in action on Saturday when they play hosts to Cardiff City.

The Clarets are 10/11 to win, 13/5 to draw and 7/2 to lose to the Bluebirds.

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Dyche seeks one more win

Burnley manager Sean Dyche says that his team have put themselves in a strong position to survive in the Premier League, but the job isn't finished yet.

The Clarets approach the weekend's home game with Cardiff with an eight point cushion over the Welsh side who are in the third and final relegation place.

Successive victories over Wolves and Bournemouth have given Dyche's side breathing space at the bottom of the table, but the Burnley boss is not suggesting the job is complete with seven games remaining.

He told a press conference ahead of the Cardiff game: "I still think it's a very important game (against Cardiff). It's been the business-end of the season since Christmas for us.

"The beginning of the season would've been pleasant if we'd have started better but they were some big challenges of course. Every game is important in my opinion."

Burnley ended 2018 in the relegation places but an eight-match unbeaten run took them to the verge of safety.

They then endured another four-game losing run to bring them back to the brink of trouble only to pull away again with their last two results.

Dyche also told the press conference that Phil Bardsley had a chance of being fit to face Cardiff after missing the match at Bournemouth with a leg injury.

However, Dyche said that Aaron Lennon and Peter Crouch remain on the sidelines while Steven Defour is progressing well though he will not return this season.

Burnley won away at Cardiff earlier in the season and are 5/6 to do the double over Neil Warnock's side who are 10/3 with the draw 5/2.

Cardiff are five points behind Brighton and Southampton in the Premier League table.

Burnley are 20/1 to be relegated at the end of the season while Cardiff are priced at 1/12.

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Dyche targets Bluebirds result

Sean Dyche paid tribute to his Burnley side for turning their season around and feels they can complete the job by defeating Cardiff City next weekend.

The Clarets seemed to suffer a hangover having been involved in the Europa League qualifiers last summer and have been playing catch-up for most of this season.

They did so again on Saturday after an own-goal from Ashley Barnes put them behind early on in their trip to Bournemouth.

Chris Wood, Ashley Westwood and Barnes himself all scored as Burnley turned things around against a lacklustre Cherries outfit to win the game 3-1.

Burnley are now 14th on 36 points and well on their way to safety, seemingly. Dyche was pleased with their latest performance.

"So many parts of the performance were strong. I know Bournemouth have had a tricky spell in the league, but here they're strong," he said.

"There was no nervousness and we stayed clear-minded. We had some real moments of quality too."

Burnley host Cardiff at Turf Moor next Saturday and their manager feels they deserve massive credit for turning things around in fine style over the second half of the season.

Dyche knows that taking care of Cardiff on their own patch would more or less complete the job.

"24 points since Christmas is a very strong return. The win puts us in a much healthier situation than we were two games ago. We want to finish the season well and the next game is very important," he added.

Burnley are 19/20 to beat Cardiff. Neil Warnock's outfit are 3/1 while the draw is 23/10.

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Dyche confirms Crouch’s absence

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has revealed that he will be without Peter Crouch and Aaron Lennon for Saturday's Premier League clash at Bournemouth.

The 38-year-old Crouch, who moved to Turf Moor in January, missed last weekend's 2-0 victory against Wolves after having appendix surgery.

Dyche said: "We're pretty good, but big Crouchy unfortunately missed last week and will miss this week with an appendix.

"It's one of those. It's a strange one so we'll have to just wait and see. He's had it done and we await news from the specialist."

Lennon is making good progress after enduring knee surgery in January, with Dyche adding: "Once Aaron gets with us we'll have more of a guideline on the timescales, but he's active and seems in a good place. He's feeling good about the injury and about himself, which is great."

Meanwhile, Clarets midfielder Jack Cork remains focused on avoiding the drop and is keen to make the possibility of being relegated even more unlikely by picking up three points against the Cherries.

He admitted: "It's been a difficult year. We had a difficult start so to get control and hopefully bring us out of it would be great.

"It was a really enjoyable season last year but we've had pressure on us this time and it would be a big relief if we can stay in this league for next term.

"We were on similar points to Fulham and Huddersfield at the turn of the year and look where they are now. We've managed to pull ourselves out of it."

Burnley are 11/4 to win at Bournemouth while a 1-1 draw on the south coast is available at 6/1. The Clarets are 8/1 to be relegated this season.