Alan Pace posts contract update with Sean Dyche, delivers reassuring message to Burnley
Burnley chairman Alan Pace has reiterated his desire to retain Sean Dyche and remains relaxed about the status of the manager’s contract, believing that the board and the boss are on the same page with their vision of the future of the club.
Dyche has less than 12 months on his current contract and has yet to commit to a new contract.
Pace made no secret that he sees a long-term future for the Clarets chief but said the transfer window and securing new signings is the club’s top priority at the moment.
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He remains confident Dyche will agree to new terms to extend his stay beyond a decade, but Pace admitted there was an element of him and ALK that had to prove themselves in the boss’s eyes.
And the Clarets president believes he and the club are showing Dyche they can be a perfect fit.
“Yeah, I think we’re on the same page, but I think we had to prove it,” Pace said.
“Go by what I don’t do what I say and in all honesty he must have seen it from us. Will they support, develop the kids, do whatever they need to do to support me in the window ?
“It’s up to him to decide if we stick to that, but I think we’re on the same page and doing it all.”
Pace, as well as Dyche, remain keen to strengthen themselves in the final weeks of the window and the playing team have become the priority on the manager’s contract, with the Clarets president keen to tie the boss to a long-term deal.
“We love Sean to death. We want Sean to be here for a long time,” Pace said.
“I don’t think people understand that it’s not necessarily just about documenting things and making them work when you start talking for long periods of time.
“If it were up to me, I would write a 10 year contract, I have no problem.
“But just think about when you’re trying to get a mortgage, if you’re doing a 20/30 year mortgage, it’s a little harder than renting a home for two weeks with Airbnb.
“We also collectively identified that there are other priorities, because we are very comfortable with each other, I think, and we have a good thing to work together.
“It’s still a priority, but I wouldn’t say it’s number one priority – the window is for now.
“I’m not worried (for Dyche’s future) from that point of view. I’m (relaxed), I was probably less relaxed when we got there from a disturbing point of view, I can be a little anxious and impatient is my nature – I ‘I love everything that was done yesterday.
“I’m learning more patience because it doesn’t just happen, things need to be worked out.
“But the most important part was the window and being comfortable with each other, because if you’re doing something long term, it has to be good for everyone.”
Pace and ALK, which completed their buyout in December, are implementing a long-term football strategy at Turf Moor, to be successful on the pitch while building sustainably for the future through signings and increasing the path to l ‘Academy to the first team.
And the president of the Clarets believes that Dyche agrees with the plans in place.
“We’re becoming a development organization and we’re really focusing and putting energy into it, and being able to look at kids at 18 and say maybe two or three years, maybe one if we’re lucky, they will have a place, Sean has to be a part of that and be in accord with that strategy and with these people.
“He needs to know that and be sure we have the right people in place.
“If not, do you sign a deal for a year or two and say ‘I’m going?’ This is not our goal. I’m here for the long haul because I believe in it and this is what it looks like and we’re all on the same page. “
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