Sean Dyche fears Covid affects Burnley’s hopes of Premier League survival

Sean Dyche is keeping his fingers crossed that Covid-19 cases do not interrupt his efforts to guide Burnley Premier League safety.

After seeing Tottenham counterpart Antonio Conte becomes the latest manager left to calculate the cost of the coronavirus outbreak at his club, Dyche insists the health of his players and staff remains a priority but admits disruptions due to illness can cause real problems.

Manager Clarets, who will send his team into the battle against West Ham on Sunday, said: “We are all trying to live our lives normally. [way]. I don’t think we can constantly worry about that.

“It’s not ideal, I’m sure of that, pretty clear, but I think we just have to stick to the rules recommended from the medical situation and hope that it doesn’t happen, hopefully. hope it doesn’t. there is an outbreak or a group or whatever you want to use in your team and your team and if there is, just it doesn’t affect anyone.

“We had a date with Dale Stephens recently. It’s a one time, no one else involved and that’s what you’re hoping gives an element of protection to what we’re trying to do.

“And the bigger picture, of course, is the fixtures. It’s no one’s fault, completely clear, but it affects game schedules and games that are constantly being substituted and things like that, so there’s a lot more.

“Health is the most important thing, but behind that, there’s a lot of planning, there’s a lot of organization, there’s a lot of things it has to do.”

Dyche players will continue the battle for priceless points once they have their Christmas party – “I wasn’t there. I insist that I was not there. It’s not my party,” Dyche said when asked how it went – and with the manager closing his eyes in January.

He has spent recent weeks reading speculations that out-of-contract defensive duo James Tarkowski and Ben Mee could be Newcastle targets as they prepare to own new riches for the first time.

However, he remained relaxed about the situation and even suggested that he could also be active with the new owners also at Turf Moor.

“If there are options available, then we will definitely look at them, which we are doing now,” says Dyche.

“It’s an ongoing thing from the club and it’s happened before, but maybe it’s a bit more open, I would suggest, now under this ownership of what we can do, because So we’re definitely looking at options on what we can do. ” Sean Dyche fears Covid affects Burnley’s hopes of Premier League survival


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