Clarets boss named Championship manager of the month

Sean Dyche with the manager of the month award in October 2013

Sean Dyche with the manager of the month award in October 2013

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Clarets boss Sean Dyche has been named the SkyBet Championship manager of the month for February.

Burnley won four and drew two of their six games in the month to preserve the on,y unbeaten record in the division so far in 2016, and end February top of the pile.

Dyche's side have since won twice in March, and he feels the award - his first of the season - is reward for a consistent campaign so far.

Dyche picked up three awards on the way to promotion two seasons ago, and said: “Having had the award before I’m very pleased on behalf of the staff and the players, because what we do is a group effort.

“It’s my job to take the reins of it, but I believe whole-heartedly in what they do, so I’m really pleased for them and the supporters as well."

As we go into the last 10 games of the season, is it as good a time as any to win the award? Dyche added: “I don’t overthink the award. Obviously I respect it, but you want that sort of thing at any time during the season because it means things are going well. And usually if you get more and more of them things are going ever so well.

“But I think generally I’ve been really happy with the season and how the players are performing, but obviously over the last couple of months going into January and through February and now into March we’ve been very strong, so I’ve been really pleased with that.”

Burnley are unbeaten since a 3-0 defeat at Hull City on Boxing Day, with three of their five defeats this season coming in December, but Dyche has been happy with his players over the season: "Scorelines change people’s feelings and views on games, and I said after that I didn’t think there was a lot in the game. I know people were questioning my opinion of that but that’s my opinion of it, and it stays the same.

“I didn’t think there was a lot in that game and I spoke to Steve Bruce afterwards and he said the same.

"Just before that game we’d won 4-0.

"We were in good form and came away from that winning 4-0 again, so the signs were there that we were being strong as a team.

"Sometimes you need that edge of luck and twist of fate as well as good play and good skill.

“We started to turn the corner as regards wins because I thought performances were generally strong, and put a real strong batch of wins together over the last couple of months."