Burnley's Sean Dyche named Premier League manager of the month for March
By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 13/04/18 11:49am
Burnley’s Sean Dyche has been named Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month for March.
Dyche's side are pushing for a place in the Europa League next season and victories in all three games the Clarets played during the month has further boosted their chances.
Chris Wood scored an 80th-minute winner as Burnley beat Everton 2-1 at Turf Moor at the start of March to kick-start their winning run.
The New Zealand striker scored twice more in the 3-0 victory away to West Ham, a result that led to some home supporters coming onto the pitch and objects being thrown at the director's box.
Burnley returned after a two-week break for the FA Cup quarter-finals and international matches with a 2-1 win against West Brom at The Hawthorns, with Wood again scoring what proved to be the winner.
Dyche's achievement in guiding them to three consecutive victories recognises a string of results that ended an 11-game winless run.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Leicester's Claude Puel were the other nominees for the March award.
"I am really pleased, on behalf of myself and staff, but particularly the players," Dyche tole Burnley's official website.
"I think they are having an outstanding season, with hopefully more to come, but in this period they have been very strong mentally.
"A lot of questions were being asked after a tough run and to come out of that with four straight victories - three in March - was very satisfying.
"I mentioned during that tough run that we were still performing - despite some injuries - and to see through all that and put it all back together in this good run, shows great belief and resilience.
"I must also thank the fans. Some fan bases can get disgruntled by a tough period, but I don't think ours did.
"They continued to back the players home and away and that gives players a better chance of performing, so they deserve a mention too, without a shadow of a doubt."