Burnley had to win yesterday’s game at fellow strugglers Hull City to have any chance of preserving their Premier League status.
They did claim a 1-0 victory at the KC Stadium, but in the end Danny Ings goal and the win meant very little, as their rivals results conspired to relegate Sean Dyche’s team to the Championship for next season.
Burnley have shown great team spirit this season and the Clarets give their Premier League campaign their best shot.
They have also picked-up some memorable results such as the 1-0 victory against reigning champions Manchester City and a 1-1 draw against this year’s champions Chelsea.
They had shown a similar sort of spirit to win promotion from the Championship last season, but in the end their spirit along was not enough to keep them up.
In truth, Burnley were just not good enough to stay in the top-flight. In the summer their signings were from the bargain basement. They operated a similar sort of transfer policy in their last stint in the Premier League and that also lasted just a season.
Midfielder George Boyd who joined for £3million was their biggest signing and at times he has been the only player providing the team with creativity.
The side from Lancashire decided to keep faith with most of the players who helped win them promotion. Whether that was Sean Dyche’s decision or not is unknown, but the club from Lancashire are the club with the smallest budget in the league.
It is understandable if they have not spent beyond their means, because they are not a club that can throw money away or have a rich backer to bail them out. The club have not wanted to put its future in jeopardy by spending big money to stay in the top-flight.
Some would say that the club could afford to spend some of the money made from television revenue and such in an attempt to stay in the top-flight.
However, the club seems to be investing money in different areas of the club to improve facilities and not necessarily the team, which some may not understand.
I have to say despite their strugglers this season the Burnley fans have been fantastic. Their club is very friendly and family orientated. The clubs supporters are a credit to their town and area.
With the club struggling near the bottom of the table for so long most fans would have been furious, blaming everybody from the clubs owners to the tea lady. However, Burnley fans have stuck with their team and boss Sean Dyche and given them real support.
They were realistic about their team’s chances of survival this season and that has probably helped their support of the team. Their fans are a true loss to the Premier League.
It was always going to be difficult for Burnley to survive in the top-flight this season, extra revenue or not. Despite relegation there seems to be a pretty positive vibe coming out of the club.
Everybody knows that they do not have a massive wage bill or debt to deal with in the second tier and will have a decent nucleus of a team to build from in the second tier, although highly-rated striker Danny Ings is expected to leave the club this summer.
The Clarets are in stark contrast to QPR, who have a mountain of doubt to deal with and a squad full of players on big wages. Burnley have taken a sensible approach and can hopefully rebuild from stronger foundations next season.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche has done a fantastic job with Burnley on a very tight budget at Turf Moor. To get the club promoted in the first place was a major achievement and the team have not let anybody down in the top-flight. In the end they maybe just lacked a touch of quality.
The Clarets need to hang on to Dyche this summer as they attempt to rebuild for next season. The former-Watford boss is now being heavily linked with the Newcastle job.
The Championship has proved to be a very competitive league in recent seasons. However, if Burnley can keep together the majority of their squad and obviously their boss then they have a very good chance of a quick return to the top-flight next season.
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