Saturday 24 March 2018

Sean Dyche thinks Leicester owners deserve more credit for Foxes rise

Sean Dyche has huge respect for Leicester
Sean Dyche has huge respect for Leicester

Burnley manager Sean Dyche believes Leicester's foreign owners deserve their share of credit for the remarkable story that has unfolded at the King Power Stadium.

The Clarets visit the home of the unlikely Premier League champions this weekend to face a team that won their first ever Champions League contest on Wednesday night by defeating Club Brugge in Belgium.

Three seasons ago the Foxes and Burnley were in a race to be crowned second-tier champions, a distinction which went to the former, and Dyche has highlighted the role of Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and his son, Top, as the bastions of excellent ownership from overseas.

"I was certainly one lauding Leicester last season for the right reasons and will continue to do so," Dyche said.

"What the manager has done is terrific but what the club has done there is terrific, in my opinion. I've looked at it from the outside-in for a number of years and I think the owners have done fantastic there.

"I don't study their club but they never seem to be too much in the public eye, they seem to be building. I know some of the work they've done off the pitch, in the training ground etc, etc and they seem to have been building things for a long time.

"It seems to be quite a clear message to people of possibly how to do it. If it is money coming in from offshore, to develop a club. I think they've done it really, really well."

Claudio Ranieri's side actually sit below Dyche's men in the table on goal difference and they have already lost twice this year having been beaten on just three occasions in the league all of last term.

However, a confidence-boosting away win in the continent's premier club competition will have raised the mood in the midlands and Dyche does not expect the champions' levels to drop too much in their title defence.

"At times last year they showed a good mentality - when they were questioned or when they had the odd dip in performance but they came through it," he added.

"Maybe that's something they've learned from last season and certainly the season before when they were under real pressure and came through it right at the end.

"Maybe they've learned that magical thing - not to be too high with the highs and too low with the lows.

"Particularly if you can get that mindset into the whole team, that bodes well for a team to stay on that level throughout to get good performances and results."

Dyche's own squad building may not have ceased until the window reopens in January, with the Clarets boss linked with free-agent forward Stephane Sessegnon this week and he did not shoot down the suggestion the 32-year-old is someone who may be on his radar.

"We're on the lookout for if anything comes our way; we've got to be open minded to any situation," he said.

"We're pre-planning (for January now). What have we learnt from the last one? Get your wallet out! It's about can you do it, can you afford to do it. We've got to have an eye on that moving forward to the next window. That's our main thought at the moment.

"If it's something we think can affect us of course we're open minded, whether it's (Sessegnon) or anyone else."

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