Dyche pleased with Burnley’s achievements

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche has expressed his satisfaction after reflecting on his team's achievements over the past two seasons.

The Clarets were promoted to the Premier League at the end of the 2015/16 season when they won the Championship, a year after being relegated from the top flight.

The achievement was followed up by another, perhaps even more impressive feat as Burnley avoided the drop this season, the only one of the three promoted teams to do so.

"Last season we were given a chance, we had a good push at it in the Premier League, came out of it, signed some good players but lost some good players, and I think people thought we had a chance. This season, I think people gave us no chance," Dyche told the Lancashire Telegraph.

"Not because there's an angle about me or the club, just that 'they've been promoted, they don't spend radical amounts of money and it's going to be tough.'"

"Two of the teams who came up have gone down, and before the season ended," added Dyche. "We stayed up a couple of weeks ago, so it's been a very pleasing season in a different way.

"In a strange way, this season is a great feeling because the club can be secure and move forward, all the plans put in place can continue to grow, because of the finance involved.

"Different kinds of challenges, both significant achievements."