Arfield confident in Clarets return
Published 13/05/2015 | 10:36
Scott Arfield is confident Burnley can keep the bulk of their squad together to mount a bid for an immediate return to the Barclays Premier League.
The Clarets were relegated at the weekend despite a 1-0 win at Hull and will make a swift return to the Sky Bet Championship after just one season in the big time.
Potential suitors were already circling around star striker Danny Ings before the drop was confirmed, but chief executive Lee Hoos has already indicated that the club will not have to sell as a result, and midfielder Arfield is hopeful Sean Dyche's men can start once again with the team spirit they have forged largely intact.
He told the club's official website, www.burnleyfootballclub.com: "I think that is massive. What the gaffer has built here is a side with great ability, but it's also about the team spirit and togetherness we've got.
"Once you've had a taste of this division, you want to get back here as soon as possible and that's definitely what we've got to do next year.
"I think the majority of the squad will still be here next season. The way the players come in and talk about the club every day and the buzz to come in every day in training.
"The boys that are in contract know it's a fantastic place to be and we want to get back to what we did last season and get back to the Premier League.
"The bigger picture is massive and I think what the gaffer has instilled is that belief to go and attack teams and the freedom to go out and play.
"It's a manager you want to play under and the longer he stays at the football club, I'm sure it will be in really good hands."
Hoos had earlier confirmed that the club's healthy financial situation means there will be no fire sale this summer.
He said: "We are in the fortunate position right now where we will not be forced to sell anyone for financial reasons.
"We have managed things well and the whole point of building a squad is to try to hold on to what you have and then build from there.
"I can't predict the future and what might happen to individuals, but last time we were relegated we were forced to sell players to balance the books.
"We won't be in that position next season and we are now in a position where we can remind the players what we are capable of and that the best way to get to the Premier League is to stick with us and help take us back there."