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Dyche: Player development gives me pride

7 Jun 2018
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Burnley manager says the way his squad have grown over 2017/18 gives him as much joy as qualifying for Europe

It was a magnificent Premier League season for Burnley but Sean Dyche took as much pleasure from another aspect of the campaign, how his players developed on and off the pitch.

In leading the Clarets to a highest-ever seventh-placed finish in the Premier League, Dyche also brought European football back to the club for the first time in more than 50 years.

Speaking exclusively as part of the Premier League’s season review, This Is Premier League, Dyche is looking ahead to a bright future with a group of players he wants to help grow further.

"We understand the business," he said. "You're measured by that league table.

"But behind that there's got to be something important and for me that's the development of players.

"I continue to enjoy it. I continue to find it a big challenge. We haven't really worried too much about the rest of it, just about what we're thinking, how we can move it forward, and what and how we want to keep building."

"For this football club to get to the status of being in European competition is remarkable.

"The big marker for me was, 'Can we get better than last season?' But to jump from 40 points last season to 54, that's a big shift. And some of the results we've had along the way have been fantastic."

See: This is Premier League

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