Q&A With Burnley

  • February 26, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Natalie Bromley, regular contributor at No Nay Never, shares the Burnley view on the success of Sean Dyche, the Championship title race and the importance of Zach Clough.

Bolton play host to the Clarets on Saturday, looking to keep alive their slim hopes of survival this season, while their visitors are aiming to achieve immediate promotion back to the Premier League after just one campaign away.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have got the views of Natalie (@Natalie_Bromley).

Q: With most expecting a two-horse race between Derby County and Middlesbrough for the title this campaign, the Clarets have quietly gone about their business and are in with a major shout of claiming the trophy for themselves. Will you do it, or do you see the team fading away in the final two months?

A: This is a tough one. We are on a real run, have an incredible defence and do not look like losing any games. Sadly, Hull City and Middlesbrough are strong sides and have games in hand.

My head suspects that we have come into form just a little late and we will finish 3rd. My heart, on the other hand (potentially influenced by the fact that we still have to play Boro) tells me that second place is ours, with Hull champions and Boro winning the play-offs.

Q: After suffering relegation from the Premier League last season, Burnley managed to retain the services of in-demand manager Sean Dyche. What was the opinion on him after the drop and, with the team back on the up, has it changed since?

A: Too much pressure is placed on managers, but Dyche's future has never been questioned by our club.

Sure, fans have a few moans and groans every now and again when form dips - a common characteristic of most clubs' fans - but Dyche's job was never dependent on us retaining Premier League status.

He took us up when we were relegation favourites and very nearly kept us up. It came as little surprise that a) he was offered a new contract and b) he took it.

Q: Andre Gray netted a brace as Burnley won this season's reverse fixture 2-0 in October. His signing was seen as a major gamble, but a return of 16 goals from 29 games has been a huge factor in the club's lofty league position. Is there more to his game than goals and, in the event that the Clarets fail to win promotion, do you fear losing him to a Premier League side in the summer?

A: Andre's signing certainly came out of the blue, as it was right at the end of yet another deadline day dominated by the Henri Lansbury saga #27.

The primary reason it is seen as a 'gamble' is down to the £459m we spent on him - £6m...it was just £6m.

For a club like ours it is a massive fee and seemed to be very un-Burnley like. Sadly, Andre is an incredible talent and I fully expect him to leave in the summer should we fail to obtain promotion. His goals have dropped off a little during recent games, but he does have added strings to his bow, in that he pulls defenders away from other attacking players and is strong enough to create chances for the team.

Q: Sticking with young talent, Zach Clough continues to be Bolton's most sought-after player and scored his 10th senior goal from 26 appearances last weekend. Is he likely to be our biggest threat, or does will somebody else stand out to Dyche as a potential threat?

A: Zach is certainly a very promising young talent with what is sure to be a very successful career in front of him.

Turning down the Bristol City move showed he had maturity about his decisions and a clinical thought process in his career development.

Dyche will be mindful of threats across the team though and is sure to do his homework on the likes of Josh Vela, Wellington Silva and Mark Davies, all of whom are being linked with moves away from Bolton for good reason.

Q: With League One looming large for Wanderers, who could be left with the prospect of losing a number of players, would you like to see any members of our squad turning out on a weekly basis at Turf Moor?

A: I would certainly look at Clough as a potential, but there are not that many names that jump out as being targets for the kind of football we play and the structure of the team.

The aim for Bolton should be to keep as much of that side together as possible though and resist clubs swooping in to take your key players.

Q: Finally, what is your score prediction for Saturday's game?

A: 0-3. Sorry!

Burnden Aces would like to thank Natalie for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more from her on Twitter - @Natalie_Bromley/@NoNayNeverNet - or by listening to the NoNayNever podcast at NoNayNever.net.

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