Dyche: Things will get tougher

Burnley boss Sean Dyche believes life in the Championship will only get tougher for his side next season.

Last Updated: 04/05/13 at 17:38 Post Comment

Sean Dyche: Predicting tough times for Burnley

Sean Dyche: Predicting tough times for Burnley

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The Clarets ended their season on a winning note as Junior Stanislas and Martin Paterson sealed a 2-0 win over Ipswich Town at Turf Moor.

But with top scorer Charlie Austin attracting interest from potential suitors and the money gap between the Premier League and the Championship growing even larger, Dyche accepts they will have to punch above their weight again to succeed next term.

"The answer is 11th in the league in arguably the toughest ever Championship, certainly in my lifetime - that's an achievement in itself," he said.

"We are having to transition contracts slightly differently but still be effective enough to get people to stay and want to stay.

"Next season will be even tougher. The teams coming down will be even more cash rich and our neighbours will all be cash rich.

"But like Burnley do historically, we'll punch above our weight and come together as a community and a team - that one-club mentality is vital.

"We're not in a position where we can just throw money around and get anyone we want.

"The alignment of availability meeting the financial model of the club, meeting the player wanting to come here is important to us.

"Questions about incoming money from transfers and reinvestment are for the board - but Charlie hasn't gone anywhere yet."

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