Clarets Boss Says Club Must Stretch Finances to Remain In Premier League
Burnley Football Club must stretch their finances if they are to maintain their current status in the Premier League according to boss Sean Dyche. His position has been under scrutiny this week after chairman Mike Garlick ignored his advice to secure senior players on extended contracts until the end of the season.
Dyche, who has two years left on his contract but has refused to confirm he will still be at Turf Moor next season saying, “It’s a vicious circle, getting in front of the curve costs a lot of money. That is why, for two-and-a-half years I have been talking about stretching it. It’s not about breaking it, I would never do that. No way would I rip it up. But can we stretch it, Yes I think we can. Does it need stretching Yes it does. You cannot forever work on a net spend of £9m-a-year. It is not impossible but it is improbable that is going to work over a long period.
Having been in charge for seven-and-a-half years with Burnley set to play in the Premier League for a fifth successive season next term. The club had a net spend of £20m on new players last summer, when they signed Bristol City skipper Josh Brownhill, Erik Pieters & striker Jay Rodriguez. However, for the previous three years the overall figure was less than £11m after Andre Gray and Michael Keane were sold to Watford and Everton.
Dyche’s future has been questioned previously, particularly around vacancies at Leicester City and West Ham United. However, as he points out, “I am still here, people have got bored with linking me with other clubs, now they are linking me with no club, but I am the only one who knows what is going on, No-one else does.”
The departure of highly regarded chief executive David Baldwin to the English Football League earlier this month has already created some uncertainty at the club and Dyche’s relationship with Mike Garlick has been strained by the failure to secure the future of Clarets midfielder Jeff Hendrick who Dyche jokingly said, might be an answer to his current midfield issues.
Sean Dyche added, “It’s not an easy ride all of this, we have to scour for players, we’re constantly trying to find the right ones and we’re trying to get the finance to be able to do that. We know over time we lose players because the chairman and the board want to make money on players so that’s another adaptation we have to work around. Year on year it is difficult. But the challenge gets tougher because some clubs throw more caution to the wind. This club does not want to do that or hasn’t in my time here. Nothing is set in stone an we will have to wait and see what comes next.”