Football - One-club mentality vital - Dyche

Burnley manager Sean Dyche acknowledged life in the npower Championship would only get tougher for his side next season after they signed off on a high with a 2-0 victory over Ipswich.

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Junior Stanislas put the Clarets in front with a fine 25-yard strike on the hour mark before Martin Paterson headed in with three minutes to go to seal the win and ensure Burnley ended the season in the top half with an 11th-place finish.

But, with top scorer Charlie Austin attracting plenty of interest from potential suitors and the money gap between the Barclays Premier League and the Championship seemingly growing ever larger, Dyche accepts they will have to punch above their weight again to succeed next term.

"The answer is 11th in the league in arguably the toughest ever Championship, certainly in my lifetime - that's an achievement in itself," he said.

"We are having to transition contracts slightly differently but still be effective enough to get people to stay and want to stay."Next season will be even tougher. The teams coming down will be even more cash rich and our neighbours will all be cash rich.

"But like Burnley do historically, we'll punch above our weight and come together as a community and a team - that one-club mentality is vital.

"We're not in a position where we can just throw money around and get anyone we want.

"The alignment of availability meeting the financial model of the club, meeting the player wanting to come here is important to us.

"Questions about incoming money from transfers and reinvestment are for the board - but Charlie hasn't gone anywhere yet."

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