Friday 30 September 2016

Dyche proud of relegated Clarets

Published 09/05/2015 | 21:21

Sean Dyche's side are heading back to the Championship
Sean Dyche's side are heading back to the Championship

Sean Dyche refused to be drawn on his future as Burnley boss after his side's relegation from the Barclays Premier League was confirmed despite their 1-0 win at Hull.

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Danny Ings struck the only goal of the game in the 62nd minute at the KC Stadium, but results elsewhere doomed the Clarets to the drop after a single season in the top flight.

Dyche signed a rolling contract at Turf Moor last summer and was not in the mood to discuss next term so soon after their fate was sealed.

"Make no mistake - I want to be in the Premier League so there is disappointment and frustration but next season is for other thoughts after the next few games," he said.

"There is a desire for me to get through today and see my family and make sense of everything. For the moment my thoughts are for my players.

"There will be a time to think about the bigger picture, but my immediate gut feeling is that you want to work and progress and learn.

"Wherever it takes you, who knows? But for the moment I am Burnley manager and that's all I'm thinking about."

Dyche insisted his side would go down with "no regrets" after a battling campaign that came to an end after most of their relegation rivals - with the obvious exception of the Tigers, who are now favourites to join them - picked up points.

"I've taken great pride in the players' mentality because they've been constantly written off every week," he said. "After 10 games it was like we had no chance so the mentality and focus they had to go and pick up points from some of the super-powers of the game, I can't tell you how proud I am of them.

"There is no point constantly worrying about what's been done. If it goes wrong, it's worse when you have that nagging doubt that you haven't given it a good go and we've had a go - but in the big moments in the important games it hasn't gone for us."

Hull manager Steve Bruce cut a desperately disappointed figure after seeing his side slip back into the relegation zone, with tough games against Tottenham and Manchester United to come.

And Bruce admitted his dismay was heightened by the fact that two recent back-to-back wins over Crystal Palace and Liverpool had made him believe that survival was in the Tigers' own hands.

"If we're being honest, we were nowhere near in all the departments that are required to go out and win a match of this magnitude," he said.

"Whether we were nervous or edgy or tense, I don't know, but it was certainly a frustrating day all round. We were a shadow of the team that played a week ago, which is the hardest thing to take."

Bruce saw his side twice come close when Robbie Brady hit the bar from long-range free-kicks, while there was also some misfortune about Ings' goal which came when Michael Dawson was on the touchline with a nosebleed.

Bruce added: "I'm not going to make an excuse, but it's an absolutely ludicrous rule - there was a tiny speck of blood that could have been wiped away with a handkerchief.

"He's got a tiny nosebleed and he's a big tough centre-half who wants to be in the middle of the six-yard box to head it clear."

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