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Sean Dyche eager to turn Burnley into "recognised Premier League team"

Dyche eager to cement Burnley PL spot
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Sean Dyche is eager to make Burnley a "recognised Premier League team" but is unsure whether the Clarets can top their seventh-placed finish from last term.

Sean Dyche has outlined his desire to make Burnley a "recognised Premier League team" but is unsure whether the Clarets can make the top six of the division next season.

The Lancashire side exceeded expectations last term in finishing seventh and securing a European spot.

However, Dyche remains pragmatic over how far Burnley can progress beyond last season's exploits, though he admits that "the possibilities are endless" given Leicester City's title triumph in 2015-16.

"It might well be seventh is the highest Burnley can ever finish, we don't know yet," Dyche told The Telegraph. "Seventh isn't the highest 'possible', it might be the highest 'probable'. The possibilities are endless, we all saw that when Leicester blew the roof off.

"Probably, it is difficult to go beyond seventh in this division when you are us. And a number of other clubs could say the same. Because the top six are that powerful, I think. But you never know. When I came here none of this was envisaged.

"Staying in the Premier League is a start point because that's the minimum objective you want to get to – beyond that who knows? The challenge we are trying to cement is being a recognised Premier League team. That's the challenge. Anything beyond that is either a good season or a bad season.

"'Recognised' is year on year on year, when people just get used to you being in there. We're not there yet. There are a handful of clubs who are not there yet. Very few clubs outside the top six have got a gimme. That's not being negative, that's just the reality of us in this division."

Burnley take on Aberdeen in the Europa League second qualifying round, the first leg taking place at Pittodrie on Thursday.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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