Promotion? All in a day’s work for Clarets boss Sean Dyche.

After guiding Burnley back into the Premier League on Monday, nothing has changed for the 42-year-old, who has happily carried on life as normal.
Sean Dyche enjoyed celebrating promotion with his familySean Dyche enjoyed celebrating promotion with his family
Sean Dyche enjoyed celebrating promotion with his family

Not for Dyche the boisterous celebrations and going home when it is light and the birds are starting to sing.

He has retained a sense of normality, as he explained how he marked Monday’s momentous occasion: “I sat on the M6 for three and a half hours; saw the kids; got a bed delivered for my lad, Max, and made that up.

“Life goes on.

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People think you’re just rolling around the streets with bottles of champagne.

“I cut the lawns, made a few phonecalls.

“I haven’t done a lot.

“I haven’t been out celebrating too much. Me and my wife had a bottle of champagne and a bit of dinner.

“I saw the kids. It was good celebrating with the kids, that’s more my style really, get the family around me.

“And that’s really what we’ve done.”

Often in football, it is when teams are in a rut and results are hard to come by that managers endure sleepless nights, but the thrill of promotion has kept Dyche up since Monday: “I’m a really good sleeper normally but I can’t sleep.

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“I was always pretty steady as a player. Before a big game, I always slept well.

“I think that’s been a weird payback, in a good way obviously, but just keep thinking that the main journey’s over. The destination’s complete.

“It’s kind of weird just thinking about it.

“I think it’s more the excitement of it - getting the job done - because there is that anxiety before it, then you need your rest. But I don’t need rest now because I’m fully fuelled. The brain’s working a million miles an hour at the minute, the endorphins are very positive.

“It’s certainly been a nice feeling, that’s for sure.”

Players often struggle to sleep after games due to the adrenaline, but at least the time has given him chance to get through the mountains of text messages on his phone congratulating him on his achievement: “I think it was 328 texts, but I got them all done because I couldn’t sleep. I had to build a bed the day after so it was a good opportunity to get them done!”

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Looking back over the run in, Dyche admitted he was relaxed up to the point when Burnley began to stretch away from QPR and Derby County, but felt the win at Blackpool on Good Friday was the moment where he felt his players would not be caught: “What made it more anxious was when the team accelerated into a big gap.

“If you’re in any kind of race and it’s marginal, it could go either way and everyone knows it, but once we got that gap everyone was like, ‘Go on then, let’s see now.’ Then there were a few injuries and people were (sceptical). It was a positive anxiety.

“Deep down I thought the Blackpool game was the one that would do it, and it sort of was mentally I think because after that stats start kicking in.

“Derby are in a weird position now because they’ve won four on the trot but they don’t want to win six. You know why? Because the stats tell you you’re not going to win seven, eight and nine. So in a weird way - I know it sounds crazy - but they’re better off.

“They had to either attack us and do it or not do it.

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“I felt by beating Blackpool the stats changed massively in our favour because then Derby had to win all six. That’s when you’re in the world of statistics, not just performance.

“There are only four teams think year I think who have put more than six together – us, Wigan, Derby, QPR. If you look at that and think they’ve got to do six again, it wasn’t impossible but highly improbable.

“So that’s why I thought the Blackpool game was that important.”