After bringing in Stoke midfielder Michael Kightly on deadline day, Sean Dyche is determined to get as much out of the group he has at his disposal.
Dyche has to box clever in a division where several clubs’ resources outweigh the Clarets.
But while a chequebook has almost replaced a desire to improve what you have through coaching, Dyche is happy to get on with his lot: “I think people have come to realise we haven’t got the resources some clubs have got, especially a couple of our neighbours, who have vast resources. Whether they have those resources or not, they seem to be using them.
“Each to their own, but that’s how it seems. We’re just trying to concentrate on ourselves, what we’re trying to achieve, the players we’re trying to produce, develop and improve, and in turn, if you do that well, you improve results.
“We all work hard, loads of managers out there are working really hard with their players day in, day out trying to win games, I’m just one of them.
“If it’s under the radar, great, if not, and we carry on winning and it gets bigger, fine, bring it on.”
People from outside the club have have expected Dyche to go out and reinvest the money from Charlie Austin’s sale to QPR, but he admitted: “It’s inherent in Burnley’s fabric, I’m learning about the history, but to my knowledge they’ve had to sell before to make ends meet, they sold a player to finance a stand before, so it’s not a sudden, new thing.
“It just makes the challenge harder, as simple as that. If you look across the division, the ones with financial prowess tend to be up and amongst them at the end of the year.
“I was under no illusions, I wasn’t expecting to get millions to spend from the Charlie Austin money, I’ve spent zero since I’ve been here.”