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It would be difficult to imagine two more different managers than Sean Dyche and Harry Redknapp. Both affable in their own way, Dyche is a modest man working on a modest budget. Redknapp is, as even his greatest champions would admit, a committed self-publicist also operating on a budget that reflects his status.
When Burnley had to sell their top scorer this summer, he wasn't replaced, and Dyche had to make do with two forwards who had scored a third as many goals combined in their Burnley careers as Charlie Austin managed last season alone. Redknapp bought that top scorer, along with a collection of other players with 808 Premier League appearances to their names, and another three players on loan with 290 under their belts. The top-flight experience in Burnley's summer recruits extends to five substitute appearances for Sunderland by Ryan Noble, and Michael Kightly's 53 for Wolves and Stoke.
So, in short, the resources available to QPR and Burnley are a little different. However, such is the wonderfully illogical nature of the Championship, Burnley currently sit two points ahead of QPR (who have a game in hand) at the top of the division, ahead of the meeting between the two teams this weekend. The subtitle to Michael Lewis' oft-quoted book 'Moneyball' is 'the art of winning an unfair game' - for the Oakland Athletics trying to beat the behemoth New York Yankees, read Burnley scrapping with QPR.
Of course, the difference in finances is more or less offset by the disparity in levels of pressure on both managers. Burnley would very much like to win promotion this season, but given the size of their bank account and the fact they finished a relatively distant 11th last season, a whopping 26 points behind winners Cardiff, it isn't expected. QPR absolutely, positively have to go up. Not next season or the one after, but now. Rangers were financially over-stretching themselves as it was in the Premier League, with even the great riches that the English top flight brings. Some financial fat has been trimmed and some transfer fees recouped, but their wage bill is still astronomical, especially since a few of those very nicely remunerated players that still remain apparently didn't have relegation clauses in their contracts. Parachute payments and Tony Fernandes' wallet will only stretch so far.
Moreover, if Redknapp fails to win promotion, with this level of backing, his reputation will be in the toilet, surely even among his influential fans. There's plenty on the line at Loftus Road.
Still, the happy-go-lucky, isn't-it-nice-to-be-there air won't stick around at Burnley for too much longer. The more games they win, the more pressure will be on the side, as Dyche recognises.
"Being successful brings more attention and that needs managing," he said last week.
"We spoke about it during the week, and some of it is private, but there are things to prevent that from happening other than just performing. Some of the players have experienced it before. I don't read any of it (publicity). I just keep to the plan."
If there is a manager who should be able to guide his players, it's Dyche. If what his squad say about him is anything to go by, Dyche seems to have that happy knack of being able to judge situations perfectly.
"I can't speak highly enough of him," said goalkeeper Tom Heaton after Burnley's win over Reading at the start of the month.
"He does whatever is required in the dressing room. There have been times when we were 2-0 up at half-time, thought we were top-drawer and he will come in and fire a rocket. He keeps everyone on their toes and that is part and parcel of good management. He has got all the approaches; there's the calm and collected tactical approach and, when we need the motivation, he gives that too."
Dyche has of course been helped out by the form of his two strikers. Rather than replacing Austin (he also lost fellow forward Martin Paterson at the end of last term) he had to stick with Danny Ings and Sam Vokes, and they have been superb, scoring seven and eight league goals respectively, while one of his few summer recruits Scott Arfield has chipped in with another three from midfield.
Whether they will be able to keep up this brilliant form is doubtful, especially when their main rival for the Championship is as good as QPR. To give you an idea of how strong Redknapp's squad is, in their last game at Millwall he could afford to leave Jermaine Jenas and Alejandro Faurlin on the bench. Their starting line-up included Rob Green, Richard Dunne, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Niko Kranjcar, Joey Barton and Junior Hoilett. It would almost be more difficult not to get promoted with a squad like that. And now that Redknapp has just about finished the promotional tour for his autobiography (he's got a book out, in case you hadn't noticed), QPR have a triffic manager to go with their top top collection of players.
At the moment, the two best teams in the Championship are going about achieving the same goal in very different ways. Logic and good sense tells us that QPR should walk it, but those two qualities are frequently absent in this division. Saturday at Turf Moor should be quite the game.
Nick Miller - follow him on Twitter
True, but Mr Dyche's understanding of tactics extend beyond running around a bit.- SocraticIrony