I am so happy on many levels
Burnley travel to Huddersfield tomorrow for the final game of a year that I’m sure both managers will look back on with some satisfaction.
David Wagner won promotion via the play-offs in his first full season in charge and has led his Huddersfield team to eleventh place in the Premier League with this one remaining game left before we move into 2018.
They’ve drawn their last two games and Wagner said: “This is the Premier League. Sometimes you pick up results consistently, sometimes you don’t. You only have to be focused and have faith in your strength.
Looking back over the year, he added: “Of course, it was a very successful 2017 for all of us who supporters Huddersfield Town for sure, the Wembley final, the successful Wembley final will always be a part of this successful 2017.
“Before this final there were exciting moments and after the final as well. It’s hard to point them out but if I had to it would definitely be the Wembley play-off final.”
Sean Dyche, who has led Burnley to seventh in the table, said: “I think there are many smaller memories from this year, but the bigger picture is that I think we are moving forwards as a club and a team.
“That’s the biggest thing by far for me, moving everything forward on and off the pitch. The business side looks good, the training ground is coming to the end of its development and looking very smart, and is very user friendly in terms of facilities. All is in good order, and especially the development of the players. That in turn is moving the team forward, which in turn means the club moves forward.
“I am so happy on many levels and making that work is not just down to me. It’s down to a lot of people at the club doing some very hard work, from the chairman and the board down through the chief executive, myself, the staff, the players and the fans.
“I’ve always said that alignment is important and I think that is a very pleasing thing after five years, to have this club in the shape it’s in. The challenge next year is to continue to protect it and continue to move it forward.”
Seventh is a significant position, certainly given what’s above us. Dyche said: “Most people know that in the top six there is a shift in the market. The big boys are the big boys and the next lot are all vying to finish as high up the table as they can.
“I am pleased with the team and where we are because the top of the rest is an important place to be. It shows signs of that continued growth I talk about. There are some very big clubs in that category of the rest and to be top of them is very pleasing.”
From Manchester United to Huddersfield but: “We’ll do nothing different in the fundamentals,” the manager was quick to say. “When I got here I don’t think many Burnley fans thought we’d be walking into Old Trafford three times in the last five seasons.
“Huddersfield, on the other hand, have earned the right and the challenge is therefore the same; you have to go and perform. I think they have had a really good first half of the season. They have ended up spending a lot of money for a newly promoted team, but I think they have done very well with that because they have signed good players and not only that, they’ve moulded a side.
“I think there’s only four or five playing regularly from last year’s team which is quite a significant change but they are getting results and that’s the key, especially in your first season.
“It makes for a good game between two teams who are challenging themselves for different reasons. We want to continue moving forwards, they want to continue to find out where they are really at, and so far they’re doing a really good job.”Share this page :