Sean Dyche says Burnley will 'stick to basics' with Europa League football on horizon
By Mathieu Wood
Last Updated: 04/05/18 8:08pm
Sean Dyche insists his Burnley side have no desire to change their style with the club on the verge of securing European football.
Burnley know one point from their final two fixtures, including a visit to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday for Arsene Wenger's farewell home fixture in charge of Arsenal, will assure Europa League football next season.
Dyche, who has earned two promotions to the Premier League with the Clarets during his reign at Turf Moor, doesn't see a need for "radical change".
"You have got to be careful I think to not change everything because it can be for the wrong reasons. Stick to the basics of what we do whilst looking at the challenge that is likely to present itself"
"There are certain things - timings and planning of a different sort but we try not to go for radical change," Dyche said.
"We try to look at how we are moving forward, how we are adapting and are we changing things for the right reasons?
"You have got to be careful I think to not change everything because it can be for the wrong reasons. Stick to the basics of what we do whilst looking at the challenge that is likely to present itself.
Maths in Burnley's favour as Europe beckons
Barring a six point and 15-goal swing to Everton over the final two Premier League matches, Burnley are assured European football for the first time since their 1966-67 appearance in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.
"We are still not there yet but I think it is fair to speak about it [prospect of Europa League] just on the amount of goals that are involved. We will see but we have certainly got some idea on where we are going."
Burnley could still finish above Arsenal, described as a "fine side" by Dyche despite the Gunners' disappointing campaign, in sixth place and the 46-year-old is full of praise for his players' ability to create another 'historic marker'.
After going 12 matches without a win in all competitions from December 12 Burnley won five games on the bounce to reignite their charge for European football.
"Breaking new ground here has become a theme of the different successes we have had over the last few years - different historic markers," Dyche said.
"They come with the good work that the players have done. We are not there yet but everyone knows the goals swing [needed].
"The players deserve a fantastic amount of credit for this season and every other season I have been here. There hasn't been a season here where I haven't taken pride in what the players have attempted to do - even the season it didn't work out for us [relegation in 2015].
"They gave their lot, they wanted to try and make it work for us and it didn't just happen. Whereas, this season we have had a marvellous season.
"The players deserve enormous credit for the mental stability they have shown through a tough spell, especially after Christmas, to then get five wins and put ourselves back in the position we are in. Fantastic credit to all of them, not just the 11 I pick."