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Burnley travel to Watford tomorrow and this will be a third different manager they will have had in their last three games against us. In last season’s game at Vicarage Road they had Walter Mazzarri, at the Turf earlier this season Marco Silva was in charge and now it’s Javi Gracia who took over from the sacked Silva in January.

The current boss sees the game as an opportunity for his side to close the current nine point gap on Burnley. Speaking ahead of the game, he said: “Burnley are having an amazing season, but I am only focused on trying to make sure they lose their next game.

“I prefer to speak about my team. I see in this moment my players with ambition, they are very demanding of each other, and we will see where Watford finish at the end of the season. First of all we will try to reduce the distance between us this weekend. We will try to get the three points and reduce the gap to six points. That is my objective in this moment. For sure, it is very meritorious what they are doing this season, but in the next game we will try to beat them.”

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A trip to Watford inevitably brings up questions to Sean Dyche about them given that, prior to Burnley, he was their manager for a year in the 2011/12 season. But it’s in over five years in the manager’s chair at Burnley that his career has progressed significantly.

“I’ve been in the game all my life but it’s not the same as when you get in the hot seat and you’re the manager,” Dyche said ahead of his latest trip to Vicarage Road.

He added: “All the different things that have gone on regarding helping to structure a club off the pitch and bring success on the pitch, professionally it takes you a long way. Over years of service you get more of a feel on what to do when, just from years of going down the pathway so many times. As a rounded person, let alone a professional football person, I think I’ve changed considerably.”

Burnley is very different from Watford now, certainly in the way the two clubs are run. Dyche said: “I’ve been fortunate here. I’ve had a board that have been very understanding of the realities. Not all boards are like that and certainly not all fans. They’ve been understanding of what we’re trying to do, the ups and downs and how I’ve had this base to work from to continue to improve. Not many get that now.

“When it comes to management, the demand to get in the Premier league from the Championship is massive, and then once you’re in the Premier League the demand to stay is massive.”

Dyche was player, coach and manager at Watford and he said: “I had a fantastic time there. They’ve got a way of working that does work. It’s not everyone’s cup of team across the realms of football, but it’s clearly a complete business model change and they’ve done that very successfully.

“They’ve got in the Premier League which was their intention. They’ve developed a stand and training ground and found a system of recruitment that’s worked for them. I think from my time there there’s only Troy (Deeney) and Maps (Adrian Mariappa) went for a little bit and came back. They are the only ones that are still active there, and two fine professionals.”

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