Sean Dyche is aiming to keep the outside noise at bay ahead of Burnley's Premier League campaign

Sean Dyche the manager of Burnley talks to the media after the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Turf Moor on July 26, 2020 in Burnley, England.

As the new Premier League season dawns this weekend, Burnley will not be entering the fray straight away.

The Clarets will get their campaign underway the following weekend when they visit Leicester City on Sunday, 20 September.

But in many other ways, little has changed for Burnley heading into the season. They are now a mainstay of the top flight and their approach off the pitch has changed little, with transfer funds spent carefully on the profile of player that suits an organised playing style.

And of course, the manager who has underpinned their level of consistency remains at the helm.

The eighth anniversary of Sean Dyche's appointment as Burnley boss will come in October and despite finding ways to defy expectations each season, he is not too worried about taking credit for the club's achievements as he told RTÉ 2fm's Game On.

"When you're a young manager, you're searching for a bit of credit. I think as you get older and the more years you're doing it, you just simply know it's hard enough to please some of the people some of the time, but you're certainly not going to please all of the people all of the time," he said.

"I really focus on the here and now. I focus on that my players are happy. Do they want to play for the team, their mates and the club? And I really take great pride in that.

"The outside noise, let's face it, opinion in life has never been more easy. People can sit in work on their laptop and fire off 4,000 messages with different opinions on whatever they'd like in the world.

"So it's almost impossible that you're going to get good news all the time, so I don't worry about it too much.

"Certain people I'd value their opinion - other managers and things like that - but the general opinion of everyone, I just leave them to have their opinion and I just get on with the work that I do."

With no significant incomings in the transfer market so far this summer - Republic of Ireland's Jeff Hendrick is the most notable departure - the task will be challenging for Dyche to maintain Burnley's level or even progress further, certainly in comparison to the money spent by sides above them like Frank Lampard's Chelsea.

But he views the far more lucrative outlays as adding an extra layer of pressure for those bosses, whereas the pressures he faces are of a different variety.

"They all have their different complexities. Frank, on the back of a good season last season, spent all that money. I'd imagine they'll be looking to him to deliver more this season. I don't know but I'd imagine that's the case," said Dyche.

"Myself here, it's a different type of pressure. It's a pressure to stay in the Premier League which is the first marker, develop players because the club is often a selling club and make sure that the club is in a solid state financially, make sure that it's run well, make sure that the staff are looked after and players are looked after.

"So it's an overview pressure whereas Frank won't have that."

Adding that the pressure of being a manager at Chelsea's level is more "public" in comparison to Burnley, Dyche also went on to touch on the scrutiny modern players find themselves under and how a head coach goes about dealing with his or her squad, especially away from football itself.

"The outside noise around the player is often the hardest thing to control," he said.

"You try to the best of your ability to control the culture that you work in, the environment, and you make it clear about the respect, the honesty and the truth and values that you offer them.

"But eventually, they go outside of the building, strangely the manager often gets questioned. It's getting harder and harder. How can you control somebody's outside life against their professional life? Mainly because it's in the public view of course.

"I'm sure there are a couple of interesting characters in the City of London who were probably young share dealers who do quite nicely for themselves but possibly their lives are considerably different to young footballers. But nobody exposes it because they're simply not in the public eye.

"Do they have a responsibility these young players? Yes, they do. Is it simple? No, I don't think it is. I think there is a lot more going on now than certainly in my playing days and even some of the real talents I played with didn't have anywhere near the noise outside of their profession as what they've got to deal with now."

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