At the beginning of 2017 this weekend’s opponents Burnley were in the top half of the Premier League table but four months later Sean Dyche brings his side into this game in 16th place with just four points and no wins on the road this season.
The 45 year-old guided Burnley to promotion for the second time last season and Sam Allardyce is an admirer of how he has evolved the Clarets over during his five years at Turf Moor.
"I think he has built a very good football club from top to bottom on stability that he has brought to Burnley, he has made Burnley's owners and directors look at the financial side of their club and they now see one that is financially secure.
"That money has been brought to the club by him getting them promoted to the Premier League, evolving at a nice, steady pace and as a club they have not panicked and been patient, which is a word that doesn't happen in football anymore.
"If you look at the football dictionary, the word patient you can't find anymore because there is none. But there is at Burnley."
Sam also recognises that for Sean it is not only about the present but he has one eye on building for the future in the north-west.
"He has delivered a recruitment policy, a training policy right through the football club that has bought the success it has bought so he has done a fantastic job there.
"A brand new training ground opening for him this year as well, if they survive in the end it would be a fantastic season."
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