While Sean Dyche’s continued success at Turf Moor attracts more and more admirers, Clarets chairman Mike Garlick feels the “security and trust” he has at Burnley is a big positive.
Dyche was Garlick and then co-chairman John Banaszkiewicz’s first and only appointment to date, after taking the reins from Barry Kilby in 2012.
And he has proved an inspired choice, twice leading the club into the Premier League, the second time as Championship winners.
While the Clarets were relegated two seasons ago, they have made an impressive start to this season, sitting ninth in the table ahead of the Premier League’s return to action after the international break this weekend.
The job Dyche is doing obviously hasn’t gone unnoticed elsewhere, with him linked to a number of jobs during his time at Burnley.
But Garlick believes he is happy with how things are on and off the pitch: “We give him a lot of freedom to manage and develop the way he wants to.
“I think there’s a lot of trust there, both sides.
“When you go to a new club you don’t have that.
“You’re the new kid on the block and everyone is looking at you, particularly if you’re in the Premier League.
“We all know the average tenure of a Premier League manager, so he’s got a lot more security and a lot more trust here than he’d get anywhere else.”
Dyche has often spoken about being merely a custodian of the club, and making sure it remains in better shape than when he took over just over four years ago.
The new £10.6m state of the art Barnfield Training Centre will have a transformative effect on life at Gawthorpe for generations to come, and, allied with things continuing to move on on the pitch.
Garlick added: “He does things the right way for the long term, because they’re right, not to make people happy.
“When we appointed him, there were probably one or two other managers who fans wanted.
“We could have given in and thought ‘that will keep everyone happy for a few months’.
“But you’ve got to think about what’s right for the medium and long term.”
In the medium term, staying in the Premier League at the third attempt is the aim, and the start the side have made has made that a real possibility: “Kicking off on August 13th, if someone had offered this, you’d have ripped their arm off. We’ve got more depth in the squad this time than two years ago, but most of all everyone is a bit wiser, the manager, the players, the coaching staff, that experience has helped.”