Sean Dyche Newcastle press conference – Names Rafa’s ‘biggest breakthrough’
Sean Dyche has been repeatedly linked with the job at Everton and other ‘bigger’ clubs elsewhere.
However, at his pre-Newcastle press conference on Thursday afternoon, the Burnley boss claims ‘nothing has changed’ and he is simply ‘flattered’ when he hears his name mentioned in connection with other clubs.
His sole focus is on Monday when he will celebrate five years as Burnley manager, in the Premier League only Arsene Wenger and Eddie Howe have been in position longer.
When it comes to his next opponents, Sean Dyche is pretty sure what the ‘biggest breakthrough’ was for Newcastle United.
The Clarets boss thinking that the closing of the transfer window meant ‘everything then seemed to calm down’, which then allowed Rafa Benitez to ‘get on with it with the players they have got.
As for the opposition manager, Sean Dyche says Rafa is ‘renowned’ for the ‘good solid structure and shape’ he has imposed at Newcastle United.
However, he says that as well as that ‘Rafa also has good players’.
As for his own players, Sean Dyche has issues up front. Star summer signing Chris Wood has hit the ground running and scored three goals in six starts and one sub appearance – but was forced off last Saturday at Manchester City with a hamstring problem.
Dyche says he is ‘touch and go’, whilst he is more optimistic with Sam Vokes, who missed last weekend with a minor strain.
“It seems to me the biggest breakthrough for Newcastle was the transfer window closing.
“Everything then seemed to calm down and they could get on with it with the players they have got.
“They have a good solid structure and shape with Rafa, which he is renowned for.
“Rafa also has good players, players who want to do well in this division.
“It will be a difficult game, as they all are, and we will have to be on top of our game again.
“We have seen how tough this league is, it goes to show the sides who have had tough starts this season, that just shows the quality in the Premier League.
“Nothing has changed (after being linked with other jobs, especially Everton). You are flattered by the fact the work you do is recognised but it’s not our story.
“I’ve been through it several times now and I just continue to get on with the job here.
“I’m surprised to be here for five years in the modern world, but equally I don’t think fans want managers changing every week.
“(Celebrating 5 years at Burnley) I have to thank all the players past and present for their hard work and, of course, the fans.
“Woody (Chris Wood) has a chance (after picking up hamstring problem last Saturday), but he is touch and go for Monday. He’s responded well to treatment, and it’s not a deep-seated problem, but we have to make sure with him.
“We’re certainly hopeful with Sam Vokes, it was a minor (stomach) strain (that forced him to miss Man City last Saturday).
“We wouldn’t want to rush him (Nakhi Wells), and he ideally needs another game (as he recovers from injury), it’s like pre-season for him and he hasn’t played since the end of last season.
“He’s fit and well in himself, and if needed, he could be involved, but he probably still needs another game – I’ll make a call on that one, we prefer players to be 100% ready.”
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