With the club in “fantastic shape”, Clarets boss Sean Dyche admits he will have no qualms spending more money in January after derby rival Gary Bowyer admitted the financial tables have turned.
Burnley, and Dyche, extended their run to five games without defeat against old enemy Blackburn Rovers with a second-successive win at Ewood Park on Saturday.
People forget our first 18 months we spent zeroSean Dyche
Scott Arfield’s 63rd-minute stunner proved sufficient to claim a seventh win in 10 games, as the Clarets went third in the Championship.
Before the game, however, with the spending power of the Jack Walker years a distant memory, and Rovers under a Financial Fair Play transfer embargo, Bowyer said: “We’re under an embargo and Burnley have been promoted and relegated out of the Premier League, and as a result of that they are financially stronger now.
“If you look at the summer, Sean has spent more in the Championship than he did when he was in the Premier League. So the fortunes for both clubs have changed dramatically.”
Dyche noted that he won promotion in the first place having spent just £400,000 on Ashley Barnes, and said: “I’ve never hidden behind it (having money to spend).
“People forget our first 18 months we spent zero.
“It’s not like I haven’t had my time spending zero.
“I’ve had my time spending zero. There is a process and a building process we’ve had to go through as a club.
“I hope they do that here (at Blackburn) because Gary is a good man and he’s working hard with his players, the players are motivated and I hope that continues.
“But it’s funny how that gets banded about - Burnley have got money.
“It’s good, it means we’re being productive and I will spend it and I will spend more if I get it.
“It’s there to be spent, within reason. The club is in fantastic shape.”
On the pitch on Saturday, Rovers had more, and better, chances over the piece, but Burnley keep finding a way to win, and Dyche spoke of developing that mentality: “It takes time. My first six-seven months at the club were difficult, I took over other people’s players and had no money to change it.
“Then the summer came and we still had no money but we managed to get a couple in and bring freshness to it.
“Pre-season is important as it allows the adaptation to be more clearly defined.
“During the season you have a game Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday and there’s no time. In pre-season you get a window and say this is what we’re doing, this is how we operate.
“Players here over my time, the group who know how we work, that spreads through the group and that is supported by the staff.”
And he is pleased with the form of his side after a tricky transition back to the Championship, having to wait four games for their first win: “23 out of 10 games is very productive. At any level of football, especially in the Championship.”