Sky Bet Championship: Captain Jason Shackell keen to keep Burnley boss Sean Dyche
Jason Shackell accepts Sean Dyche's work with Burnley will not have gone unnoticed, but hopes he will stay at the club.
Last Updated: 23/04/14 5:34pm
The east Lancashire club will next season play in the top flight of English football for just the second time since 1976, following on from their maiden Premier League campaign in 2009-10.
On that occasion they were managed by another up-and-coming manager in Owen Coyle, who controversially left his post to join rivals Bolton halfway through the season. Coyle had enjoyed a good relationship with Burnley fans up until that point but, after making what they deemed to be a sideways move when he went to the Reebok Stadium, he angered them further with suggestions he had been like "Moses" after "leading them out of the wilderness".
Clarets supporters will be hoping Dyche, 42, does not follow in Coyle's footsteps but skipper Shackell is aware that his work in getting a thin squad on a small budget into the top flight will not have gone unnoticed by bigger clubs.
"The gaffer's been fantastic," Shackell, who has played every minute of every Burnley league game this term, told Sky Sports News.
"The job he's done with the budget - we have a small squad - and he's been incredible. He's got his philosophies and the way he wants to do things and the lads have really bought into it. He's been a huge part of it and I give him as much credit as I can.
"With the job he's done here he's always going to attract attention. That's always a worry but for us we need to enjoy it and the gaffer needs to enjoy it because he's done a fantastic job. I'm sure he's going to be linked with jobs left, right and centre, but at the minute he's the Burnley manager and hopefully it stays that way."
Dyche is unlikely to be the only figure at Turf Moor attracting interest from elsewhere. Championship Player of the Year Danny Ings, who has scored 25 times, is an exciting young, English prospect who has spearheaded the Clarets' brilliant season.
Last summer Burnley sold their top scorer Charlie Austin to QPR but, after making that sale and knowing that they will be bolstered by Premier League riches, they can afford to adopt a harder stance on Ings' future.
Defender Shackell added: "He's been phenomenal this year - him and Vokesy (Sam Vokes) - the amount of goals he's scored this year, he's come on, he's a very talented young player and he's getting recognition with the England Under-21s.
"It's not a worry (that he might leave), he's going to get attention from other clubs because he's been fantastic. Hopefully we can keep hold of him, he's been a big part of what we've done this year and hopefully he can be a big part of what we're going to do next year."
Burnley's co-chairman John Banaszkiewicz and Mike Garlick issued a statement on Thursday praising Dyche and his team for performing 'beyond expectations' to take them into the top flight.
"For those of us on the board, this season has been as much of a roller-coaster as it has been for the fans and the town, albeit one with more highs than lows," they said.
"But knowing that we will spend next season playing among England's biggest footballing names is the best end to the season we could have hoped for.
"Promotion is also testament to the core values that we share at Turf Moor.
"We are a club built on passion, belief and the understanding that without our fans and the community, we are nothing."