Burnley boss Sean Dyche wary of repeat of contract situation next summer

Sean Dyche insists Burnley cannot allow another contract situation to emerge over the next year.
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The Clarets played out the final nine games of the season without Jeff Hendrick, with whom the club were unable to agree a new deal, while Aaron Lennon, Joe Hart and Adam Legzdins also left the club at the end of their contracts at the end of June.

Dyche said last month: "The contract situation is just the club decided to offer monthly contracts very late in the day, and haven't cleared up Jeff Hendrick's contract situation, so those players had to make a choice, and their choice is not to be involved.

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"I can only advise, as I have done, and the chairman decided to make different decisions if you like.”

And come the end of June 2021, as it stands, the contracts of Matt Lowton, Jack Cork, Ashley Westwood, Johann Gerg Gudmundsson, Robbie Brady, Phil Bardsley and Kevin Long will all come to an end, while captain Ben Mee, Jay Rodroguez, Erik Pieters and Matej Vydra are also out of contract, but the club have the option for another year in their favour.

Dyche has advised chairman Mike Garlick as to what he feels is necessary, but he said: “It is important, but at the end of the day, I can’t sign the contracts.

"All I can do is offer the things I think are appropriate and good for the club and the team, the reinforcements I think we need, and that’s the guidance a manager can give.

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“I do that obviously, not just me, our scouts and staff - we have regular meetings on what we think is appropriate and important.

“I know the guidelines of the club, the financial framework, but we are in a very healthy state financially.

“At some point these decisions will get made, I can only guide and give the answers to the situations I think are important."