Burnley boss Sean Dyche knows his side have work to do in survival battle
While much focus and attention this week has been on the announcement, and hasty collapse, of a European Super League, Sean Dyche is purely focused on the job at hand.
He knows Burnley still have work to do to earn a sixth-successive season in the Premier League, and they can aid their cause no end at Wolves on Sunday (kick-off noon).
The Clarets have lost their last three games, and now sit 17th – six points above Fulham, who occupy the final relegation slot, with a game in hand on the Cottagers, who are without a fixture this weekend.
Scott Parker’s side need a two-win swing, with five games to play, including one against the Clarets at Craven Cottage in a fortnight.
But Dyche feels the signs are there that his players will do enough to secure safety, taking confidence from a fine performance at Old Trafford on Sunday, in which victory – never mind the final 3-1 scoreline – flattered Manchester United.
Dyche said: “We have confidence and belief in what we do here, and it is about turning good performances into wins and tidying up some of the details – not so much Sunday, but some of the other games.
“The mentality of the performance and the way we went about it was another strong sign of us being tough-minded.
“It is very difficult, and you expect to have some spells in the Premier League to go against you, so I think we have been good at coming out of those spells with good performances, and we will have to do that again.”
Dyche didn’t give much thought to the prospect of a European Super League, which crashed and burned under the weight of fan opinion, and the management and playing staff of the clubs involved: “At the minute my focus is to get enough points to be secure in the Premier League, and I don’t have the power to decide what anyone else is doing.
“I can’t affect that.
“We will just have to wait and see what the powers that be and these clubs decide to do. My focus is making sure we can win games for Burnley Football Club.
“I have no power in these things. People way far higher up the food chain decide.”