Dyche prepared for every eventuality in transfer market
Clarets boss Sean Dyche has two summer shopping lists, depending on whether Burnley win promotion back to the Premier League or not.
But he admits his plans for either eventuality won’t be vastly different, despite the £100m pot of money up for grabs should the club get back in the top flight.
Burnley could be promoted as early as Monday evening, should Middlesbrough have dropped points at Birmingham last night and Brighton follow suit at home to Derby on Monday afternoon.
And Dyche is already drawing up a potential hit-list of transfer targets.
Asked whether there is a plan for the Premier League and one for the Championship, he explained: “Both. The likelihood is, there’ll be a couple of twists and turns, but we’ll be going for similar types of players.
We’re not going to turn around and sign Nasri from Manchester City.
“It will be from a similar group of players, it’s not going to be a massive jump.
“It’s a similar pool of players, but if we get promoted the pool does move up.
“It’s a higher level, it would move forward, but it’s not going to be a massive leap.
“You get the off quirky one who might be the one.
“We got Tomasz Kuszczak at Watford, way bigger player than Watford at the time, but he wanted to play, he got it, he had an earthiness to him, he wanted to be there and he wanted to play and he was terrific.
“Every now and again it works, he became this leader type and he was terrific.
“Hunger and desire is the main thing.”
Supporters, and the media, can see the pot of gold available, and expect to see it all invested on the pitch, but players’ wages and length of contract are a big issue, especially if the club cannot preserve their Premier League status: “The fans forget, it’s not year one.
“What happens when you get to year three and they’re all sitting on their contracts?
“The ones you thought would move for millions don’t move for millions, they’re not worth what you thought they would be.
“That’s where the trouble starts.
“You can be hamstrung by having a group of players on big money who you can’t shift.
“If they’re not leaving you’ve got to pay for their contracts.
“If you’re carrying the wages it’s difficult.”
The example of the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers, racking up huge debts is one to bear in mind, as both try and cut their cloth accordingly after years in the Premier League: “We all get used to where were living.
“If you’re living in the world of paying players £40,000 a week, then £30,000 seems cheap, but the reality is that’s killing you.
“You come down from so far up, that you get to paying players £15,000 and you think ‘well that’s not too bad’, but it is too bad because you can’t afford it. Nobody stops and says that though. I had to do that at Watford, we were smashing contracts out and halving stuff, it’s very difficult because you’re demotivating people by giving them big wage drops. That’s real management, that’s when it kicks in.”