Friday 15 December 2017

Dyche silent on Burnley future

Hull City 0 Burnley 1

Burnley manager Sean Dyche applauds the fans at the end of the game
Burnley manager Sean Dyche applauds the fans at the end of the game
Danny Ings celebrates scoring Burnley's winning goal with Matthew Taylor (L) and George Boyd
Hull City's Sone Aluko and Burnley's Scott Arfield in action

Mark Staniforth

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

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.

Robbie Brady twice struck the woodwork with free-kicks for Hull but manager Steve Bruce cut a disappointed figure after seeing his side slip into the relegation zone and 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.

"Whether we were nervous or edgy or tense, I don't know," he said, "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."

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