Dyche cites distinct characteristics linking four more Burnley extensions

Date published: Saturday 30th January 2021 9:24 - Neil Foster

Manager Sean Dyche feels continuity is the key to Burnley’s success after four more senior players agreed contract extensions at the club.

The players concerned are defenders Matt Lowton and Kevin Long. The duo have penned new two-year deals and will remain at Turf Moor until 2023.

Winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson has followed suit and renewed until 2023. And left-back Erik Pieters completes the quartet who have pledged their future to the Clarets.

Jack Cork, Ashley Westwood and Ben Mee have all recently extended their deals at Burnley. Strikers Jay Rodriguez and Matej Vydra signed fresh deals earlier this season.

And Dyche believes that, with everything going on at the club, it was a vital piece of business to conclude.

“It’s an important time with the transition of one chairman and owner to the next chairman and owners to make sure we’re planning – and I’ve said this all along – not just outside by recruitment but inside as well,” he told the club’s official website.

“We have to make sure good people, good players and good servants to the club remain so and in agreeing these contracts, they’re certainly putting their front foot forward and saying ‘yes, we want to be part of it, we enjoy the challenge and we want to take it on. And that’s the mentality we need.”

And the 49-year-old tactician confessed there is a similar trait running through the players who have committed to the club.

“A lot of the players over our time here have been a very strong force in what we’ve achieved, and they continue to be that,” he added. “The main thing for me is players who want to re-sign for the hunger and desire to be part of Burnley Football Club.

“All the players who have re-signed this year have clearly shown that, with others possibly doing that as we go forward.”

Boss confident ahead of Blues clash

Many of those who signed up on Saturday will be involved as Burnley head to Stamford Bridge on Sunday. The Lancashire outfit take on Chelsea and are looking to make it three successive top-flight victories.

They beat Liverpool and Aston Villa to sit 15th in the standings. Chelsea have a new manager in charge as Thomas Tuchel has replaced the sacked Frank Lampard.

But Dyche feels that he and his men have enough nous to deal with the situation.

“We’ll wait and see but I think with our wealth of experience in the Premier League, you can always use that knowledge,” he said. “We’ll focus on ourselves and how we can be effective.”


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