Dyche tired of same questions on Burnley future

Jo Harrison

Sean Dyche was in no mood to discuss his Burnley future after their season ended with a 2-1 defeat to Brighton.

There was no Golden Glove for Nick Pope, pipped to the post by Manchester City’s Ederson, and no Premier League points record for Burnley as Yves Bissouma and Aaron Connolly struck either side of Chris Wood’s goal to earn three points for an impressive Brighton side.

The VAR was also kept busy, ruling out what looked like a Jay Rodriguez equaliser for offside, denying Burnley an early penalty and making a lengthy check on Connolly’s winner.

It was Burnley’s first home league defeat since New Year’s Day, an outstanding run given the challenges the Clarets have faced on and off the pitch since the season restarted.

Dyche’s future has been in focus after he voiced his frustrations with the club’s board when a raft of players left out of contract in June, leaving the Clarets short-handed as injuries also hit.

The 49-year-old has repeatedly said when asked about his future that “things can change in football”, and he offered no further guarantees after the full-time whistle.

“I’ve been asked that question about 4,000 times and I answer the same every time,” he said. “I’ll be going on holiday tomorrow, that’s what I’ll be doing.”

The season may have ended in defeat, but with Burnley in 10th position on 54 points, they are once again punching well above their weight, two years after the same points total earned them European football, begging questions of what Dyche might be able to do with more resources.

“Every manager is ambitious,” he said. “We’ve been ambitious within the framework we’re given. Ambition here is making the best we can of everything we’re given and that’s a big challenge.

“We’re trying to rinse every drop out of every situation. It can be tough at times but it’s also enjoyable.”