Burnley boss Sean Dyche is 8/1 to be named League Managers Association Premier League manager of the season.
But despite his stock rising throughout a campaign which has seen the Clarets stay in touch with their relegation rivals, with a vast disparity in funds and resources, Dyche is only focusing on the job at hand at Turf Moor, and a lasting legacy.
Having lost his job at Watford after the Pozzo family takeover, despite an impressive first season in management, Dyche knows fully the pitfalls of the profession, so he is taking nothing for granted, and said of his odds of taking the award: “I only think, if that’s the case, it’s because of the challenge, after game 10 and all of that.
“Football people recognise the realities of the challenge different to fans sometimes.
“Its recognised we’ve tried to do something different from the norm, which is throw money at every situation - we’re trying to build something on and off the pitch, there are challenges that come with that because it is quite hard to get players in who don’t need developing, who can just go in and do it, on the money we’ve spent, so we have to get players who can develop and improve as we’ve gone on.
“It’s strange in this business because it doesn’t always get recognised, we’re all guilty, it’s not always until you’re in that job you realise. Ours is just more open because we’ve been open, the board have worked in a fair manager to say we have to build something, and I couldn’t agree more.
I’ve been at a club where I did what was deemed a very good job, and was the only one out of the top four who got a vote for manager of the season in the Championship, and BOOM!Sean Dyche
“So I said ‘ok, tell me what I’ve got and let’s run with it, go hard and give it everything we’ve got’.
“And that’s exactly what we intend to do.”
Dyche has been linked with the Derby job should, as seems likely, Steve McClaren leaves for Newcastle, but he said: “I’m committed to what we do this week, next week, the week after, and I can’t tell you any further just because of the nature of the business.
“I’ve been at a club where I did what was deemed a very good job, and was the only one out of the top four who got a vote for manager of the season in the Championship, and BOOM!
“People just roll one underneath you...
“The same people who laud you one week...it’s probably different here and I admire our fans for that sincerely, I asked for them to be positive, not to think it was going to be a walk in the park, and they’ve been fantastic.
“They have listened and tried to back everything the team is doing, which is not always relevant at other clubs.
“But the same people can change very quickly, whatever will be, will be, but I’m quite happy building, trying to make this work.
“It’s unlikely people like me will be here forever, but it’s fundamentally important that whatever happens in the future, I’ve played my part.
“I did it at my last club, and left it in very good shape.
“Other managers have said ‘get every penny you can get and spend it’, but you have your own moral beliefs in how you work, and I have mine.
“I happy to build on and off the pitch.”