The Footballers' Football Show: Burnley's Sean Dyche reveals his managerial secrets

Last Updated: 15/11/13 3:15pm

Dyche: turning marginal gains into consistent performance at Burnley

Burnley manager Sean Dyche attempted to temper the expectation on the Championship leaders as he talked about the secrets behind their fine form this season on The Footballers' Football Show.

Burnley are two points clear of Leicester and QPR at the top of the Championship having won 10 of their opening 15 matches in the league.

They are the second-top scorers in the league with 27 goals, despite selling star striker Charlie Austin before the start of the season, whilst conceding just 10.

Dyche, though, insisted that there is no pressure on his players or the club this season as they still do not have the squad or resources of their rivals for Championship promotion.

"We still have a small squad and we have got a limited budget, but we are heading in the right direction and using many of the tools in order to get the best outcomes we can."

Sean Dyche

"Is it a pressure? I don't think it is. We are not the fancied team, not the fancied club this year," he told the The Footballers' Football Show.

"We have not got a big budget; we have not got a big squad. We sold Charlie Austin but you can over-think those things. They are just facts. If we had not won that would be an excuse; it is still a fact but people deem it an excuse.

"It is not an excuse, it is a fact. And as I said the other day, we are doing great and the lads have been terrific. They are delivering very good performances in order to get wins.

"We still have a small squad and we have got a limited budget, but we are heading in the right direction and using many of the tools in order to get the best outcomes we can."

Marginal gains

The former Watford defender, who joined Burnley as boss last October following a brief spell in charge at Vicarage Road, talked extensively about his managerial style.

And he highlighted the importance of club culture, man-management and innovation as keys to his burgeoning success as a manager.

"We have a slightly younger group, with not as much experience, so of course they need more tactical awareness, technical awareness and physical prowess to deliver," he said.

"But it goes beyond that and what we can get out of them as people. I always think that if you affect the person, you will affect their performance."

He added: "We are mad keen on science and analysis. We have offered a lot of that for the players at Burnley, and I did so at Watford.

"Obviously sometimes it is financially dependent on what you can achieve because some of the equipment is expensive. Marginal gains are a big talking point within football now."