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so have to be sensible – not e bank and kill the club for e. But we have to be competd there’ll be meetings up now to decide where that eak to all of the players here here they stand after the last m incredibly proud of them not the most sentimental n the world. e are certain players who I would not only be deserving ce but also capable of rising allenge. there are others, by the nature of the game, who will leave the club. That’s not because I don’t care – I do. I care deeply about the players. But I also understand it is a professional business and I’m paid to make decisions.
“What I’ve got to do is build a team with the same mentality but increase the level of talent, organisation and power.”
For Dyche, too, there will be new challenges. A relaxed and jovial presence in interviews, he can barely go five minutes in a press conference without unzipping a droll one-liner. Thrust before the world’s press, he knows he may get himself into trouble.
“I do like to have a bit of fun,” he admits. “And a couple of times this year I’ve made what I thought were clearly dry, humorous comments.
“But then people write it down and it doesn’t come across the way I intended. It’s a funny situation because you want to have a bit of banter but it’s hard to do if you’re worried it might be spun the wrong way.
“The exposure and media interest at the top level is incredible now and I know I’ll have to be aware of that.
“But, like the players, I’ve had a taste of it now.The closer we’ve got to promotion, the more people have been turning up, the more the spotlight has focused on us.
“We’ve had people wanting to film training, people requesting interviews, games on Sky. It’s part and parcel of the Premier League and we’ve got to embrace it.”
They’ll also have to be careful not to get caught out on the town – not that it should be any problem for Dyche, who celebrated promotion with a bit of DIY.“People keep asking me ‘What have you been doing’,” he laughs.
“They seem to think you’re just rolling round the streets with a bottle of Champagne.
“Me, I sat on the M6 for three-anda-half hours. I cut some logs.Then I cut my nails, had a shower. Made a few phone calls. I got a bed delivered for my little lad, Max. I made that. My hands are still sore. Then on Wednesday night me and my wife had a bit of dinner. That’s more my style.”
It is a style the Premier League is lucky to have.
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