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Dyche welcomes return to management

1 November 2012

New Burnley manager Sean Dyche insists he was eager to get straight back into football following his controversial exit from Watford over the summer.

Dyche was presented to the media by the npower Championship club on Thursday afternoon, almost four months on from his sacking at Vicarage Road as new owners, the Pozzo family, cleared the way for Gianfranco Zola.

The dismissal came despite the 41-year-old former Chesterfield and Millwall centre-back leading Watford to their highest finish since 2008.

A brief spell with the England Under-21s coaching staff at the request of boss Stuart Pearce followed in September, but Dyche had no hesitation in accepting the offer to become Eddie Howe's successor at Turf Moor.

"I was ready and raring," he said. "Some managers sometimes need a time of reflection and I used that time wisely, of course. As people know I've had a spell with the England Under-21s, but I was fresh and ready to go.

"I didn't need that rest, it just came because sometimes business changes. If Burnley Football Club give you a phonecall, the answer's yes in my book. There was no messing around."

December's fixtures are now an even more mouthwatering prospect for Burnley, with the east Lancashire derby against Blackburn and the visit of Watford coming in consecutive home games.

But Dyche is not about to suggest any intrigue around his changed employment status can compare to a fierce local rivalry.

"Of course the one against Blackburn speaks for itself," he said. "I'll learn about that and the culture and the fabric of the club as I go. I've experienced playing here so I know the atmosphere can be fantastic and we can make it a real fortress.

"The Watford thing, I've no interest in it - I never have. I've played against many of my old teams. It's business, three points. That's all I'm interested in."

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