Burnley: Sean Dyche promises no 'radical changes' at Turf Moor

New Burnley manager Sean Dyche has said he will build on the work done by Eddie Howe to push the Clarets into the Championship promotion race.

The 41-year-old takes charge at Turf Moor with Burnley 14th in the table.

Dyche told BBC Radio Lancashire: "We want to be flexible in our thinking. There are some good things here.

Burnley's recent managers

Former Burnley manager Eddie Howe
  • Stan Ternent: June 1998 - June 2004
  • Steve Cotterill: June 2004 - November 2007
  • Owen Coyle: November 2007 - January 2010
  • Brian Laws: January 2010 - December 2010
  • Eddie Howe: January 2011 - October 2012
  • Sean Dyche: October 2012 - present

"The team are scoring freely but unfortunately not doing so well defensively. It's more about adding to, not taking away, to take us forward."

Co-chairmen John Banaszkiewicz and Mike Garlick said Dyche was the "outstanding candidate" to take over from Howe, who left the club on 12 October to return to AFC Bournemouth.

Burnley have the worst defensive record in the division, having conceded 29 goals in 13 league matches.

But they do possess the leading scorer in the country, Charlie Austin, who has netted 18 times already this season.

Dyche continued: "I don't think there will radical change.

"There will be a change in culture for sure, which we will bring in gradually, but we've given them an immediate feel of that and what we think is appropriate to move the club forward because that's my aim."

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If a club like Burnley phone you, you take it seriously

Sean Dyche Burnley manager

Dyche is back in management four months after he was controversially dismissed by Watford, having taken the Hornets to their highest Championship finish for four seasons, and replaced by former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola.

And he dismissed suggestions that he needed time to think about taking up the role.

"If a club like Burnley phone you, you take it seriously," said Dyche, who won 17 of his 49 games as manager at Vicarage Road.

"It's a fantastic club and when I got the good news, the decision was immediate. People were suggesting I went home to think about it, but absolutely not."

Dyche has signed a contract until the summer of 2015 and will take charge of the Clarets for the first time against Wolves on Saturday.