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Sean Dyche wide awake after Burnley promotion

26 April 2014

Burnley's incredible campaign has not given manager Sean Dyche many sleepless nights, but the confirmation of their promotion to the Barclays Premier League this week has kept him awake with excitement.

The Clarets, who have been inside the Sky Bet Championship's top three since September, booked a spot in next season's top flight on Monday when they beat Wigan 2-0 at Turf Moor.

Burnley celebrated on the pitch afterwards in front of their own fans and while the players were given licence to carry on toasting that success that night, their manager instead spent the evening replying to congratulatory text messages because he was struggling to sleep.

"I think it was 328 texts," Dyche revealed. "I got them all done on the night because I couldn't sleep.

"I'm a really good sleeper no matter the situation. But I just can't sleep, that's been the weird payback. In a good way, obviously, but now the main destination is complete. It's weird just thinking about that.

"I was always pretty steady as a player; even with a big game I always slept well. I think it's more the excitement of it now we've got the job done. There is that anxiety before and you need your rest when you have anxiety. But I don't need rest now.

"After the events of the other day it was more of a good thing, waking up with excitement and thinking 'we got it done'. The reality is suddenly there. It's certainly been a nice feeling."

While Dyche was keen to stress that Burnley will strive for maximum points in their final two fixtures, even though Leicester wrapped up the title at Bolton on Tuesday night, he also acknowledged they do have valuable time to prepare for life in the Premier League, both on the pitch and off it.

Such plans had already been going on behind the scenes but Monday's pivotal win means Dyche can now press on with that work without fearing he will serve as a jinx.

"We know about contracts, we know about possibilities of who is out there and their contract situations," he added.

"We've done a bit of background on that but no one wanted to tempt fate. I'm personally not superstitious but even I was thinking 'just don't mess around with the equilibrium'."

The large Premier League cash injection heading Burnley's way will certainly allow Dyche to pay for players, something he has done just once in 18 months when he signed Ashley Barnes from Brighton in January.

Even so, the former Watford manager is astute enough to know that he must prioritise safeguarding the club's future after they sold top scorer Charlie Austin last summer to balance the books.

"We have to be sensible as a club but we also have to be competitive." said Dyche, whose signings are likely to be exclusively British-based players purely because Burnley do not have an international scouting system.

"It's finding that right balance to allow us to be competitive but not break the bank and kill the club for the future. It's important that balance is found and there will be meetings coming up now to decide where that right level lives."

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