THERE’S been a lot of talk about history at Turf Moor and Gawthorpe in recent weeks, and in recent years as well.
It was a theme the Clarets squad touched on a year ago when they broke the post-War club record for an unbeaten league run, going 23 Championship fixtures without defeat to take the title.
And it’s been something they’ve come back too recently as the Premier League finishing line approached. This is the first time Burnley have stayed in the top flight since 1975, and the first time they’ve done it in the Premier League era.
The squad have spoken of their pride at becoming the ‘history boys’, but it’s a message and a desire that is instilled in them by boss Sean Dyche.
While Premier League players will end their careers as multi-millionaires in the modern era, Dyche has urged them to leave a legacy behind as well, and it is something this squad are doing in abundance at Turf Moor.
“I spoke to the players,” Dyche said. “At different stages of your career different things can happen, contractually or you move on, but one of the key things is making history and this is a group that have made history on many different fronts at this club.
“This season it’s staying up and it’s a very powerful thing. When you finish your career you can look on many important things but making history at a club is an important factor and this group amongst other groups I’ve worked with here have all had some historical markers and I think that’s great for the players and great for the club.”
History has been achieved with something in hand this season, with Burnley all but guaranteed survival a couple of weeks before the end of the season.
It has been another memorable year at Turf Moor, one which the Clarets will hope to cap with victory over West Ham tomorrow (3pm), and while Dyche believes the fans will savour that first success of the campaign against Liverpool, he is keen to recognise and remember every top flight win.
“For the fans I would imagine it’s a big early start against Liverpool,” the Clarets chief said. “The last time we were in the Premier League we didn’t win for 10 games, so getting a win early on and against a club of that size, who had staged the season well, was a big moment.
“I think there’s many for different reasons down the season, that’s one for the fans. For myself it’s every time we win a game, because it’s difficult winning games in the Premier League.
“When you’re manager of Burnley a point sometimes feels like a win, especially when you get enough to stay up.”
Dyche’s achievements this season have been recognised with a Barclays Premier League Manager of the Year nomination, but he is keen to spread the praise around his staff and his squad.
“It’s a view of what we’ve all done here, not just me. My staff and the players,” he said.
“It’s a different achievement, the word achieve is an interesting one in the Premier League, ours is different to Chelsea. We weren’t given a chance by many quarters but we’ve finished quite comfortably in the end in a Premier League season. So I think that is an achievement.”
Source : LancashireTelegraph