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Sean Dyche content to move with the times

Sean Dyche

Sean Dyche has no problem with rival managers courting his Burnley players, insisting it is indicative of how the modern game operates.

The Clarets boss feels there is no such thing as secrecy now when it comes to transfer targets, with managers openly ready to discuss their plans in public.

Striker Andre Gray and central defender Michael Keane are among the Burnley players to have thrust themselves into the spotlight with strong performances in what has, so far, been Burnley’s best Premier League season.

Dyche admits the nature of transfer speculation has changed dramatically and he doesn’t have a problem with his players being in the limelight.

“It’s a very different business from ten years ago. I heard another manager the other day speak completely openly about someone else’s player…I couldn’t believe what I was hearing,” he said.

“I thought: if that was on a phone, it would be an illegal approach. The way it is now, it’s just people throwing names around willy-nilly about who they want, who they can get, what their contract situation is.


“It’s not a private business any more. It’s just out there. You have to adapt to it and be flexible within it. It’s all you can do.”

Keane, 24, is rumoured to be attracting interest from the likes of Chelsea, Everton and Leicester while Gray, 25, has apparently caught the eye of Tottenham Hotspur.

Dyche says Gray, who has scored seven times this season, must continue to adapt to the Premier League and he won’t be getting worried about transfer gossip for now.

“There’s a lot of work he needs to continue doing, which he’s willing to do, and we enjoy what he’s doing for us. That’s it really,” he added.

“They keep playing, we want them to perform, and the rest takes care of itself one way or the other down the line somewhere.”

Burnley are 17.00 to be relegated this season while the Clarets are 4.00 to take three points from Saturday’s game at Swansea.