Nickname: The Clarets
Manager: Sean Dyche
Stadium: Turf Moor
Current league position: 10th
Last season’s finish: 17th
Current top scorer: Chris Wood (4 goals in all competitions)
FFV’s one for the future: Dwight McNeil
Not many clubs have had the journey through English football that Burnley have. Since the dawn of the football league, Burnley have been an ever present, and witnessed the entire spectrum of what football has to offer; from the great heights of division one championships in 1921 and 1960, to the brink of oblivion in 1987.
Burnley’s return to the upper echelons of the footballing pyramid has been spearheaded by Sean Dyche, his stalwart warriors, and his rigid style of play (which is often lazily described as old fashioned). An understated club, Burnley never seem to get the necessary credit they deserve; with commentators preferring to talk about the bleak Lancashire weather, pundits highlighting how ‘lucky’ they got and how much they ‘did what they do’, and receiving little to no recognition for the achievements they attain year in year out. No one likes us, WE DON’T CARE!
Survival is always the first target of every premier league season, with successes built on a ‘one-game at a time’ mentality, but as we enter Dyche’s eighth year at the helm, questions have been asked as to whether the miracle maker can continue to deliver in the most competitive league in the world, with little to no financial backing and an ageing squad.
Future investment is paramount, and there is a lot of uncertainty around the future of the club, from boardroom reshuffles to expiring contracts. Dyche has always achieved by relying on his ‘legs hearts minds’ mantra and the strong jaw of his players, but will this year prove a season too far? Only time will tell…