Burnley boss Sean Dyche accepts ‘a lot has changed’ since his side’s Carabao Cup win against Newcastle at St James’ Park earlier in the campaign.
The Clarets beat the Magpies in a third-round penalty shootout, following a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes.
Steve Bruce was in charge of the Toon Army that day, but with former Burnley boss Eddie Howe now at helm and the club now under new ownership, Dyche is expecting a total contrast.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference (via BBC Sport) ahead of Saturday’s clash on Tyneside, Dyche said: “A lot has changed since then. They have changed manager, lots of our players will be different. They will be looking at this differently and we will too.
“We have to make sure Saturday is about us. We want to take the game on and try to win games. We have that attitude and we will go to Newcastle looking for victory.
“We have an underbelly of positivity to what we do. Clean sheets and draws help reinforce that, but we know that wins will really help that to. That is the next stage, getting on the other side so we can win.”
Burnley come into the clash, three points ahead of Newcastle in 18th place, but on a five-match unbeaten run in the Premier League.
Commenting on facing the richest side in the world, Dyche felt that having a wealth of money at your disposal was “very beneficial” long-term. But in the short-term, he believes Newcastle have to “find a way, whichever way” to beat the drop.
Dyche added: “Long-term money is very beneficial. But short-term you have to find a way, whichever way.
“Money is eventually very helpful, but immediately you have to work with the players you have got.”
Dyche believes that Howe will find it difficult trying to change the “culture” at Newcastle and he claimed it isn’t just a case of “flicking a switch”.
But, the 50-year-old feels that the former Bournemouth manager “has been in the game long enough” to know all about that.
However, Dyche knows that these things “take time” and that is something that Newcastle don’t have the luxury off.
Dyche continued: “It is not easy to change a culture, it is not flicking a switch believe me. It is about coaching, getting feel for the truth of your side and what it can achieve. Eddie has been in the game long enough to know all about that. But it takes time.”
Newcastle desperately need short-term boost
For all of Dyche’s remarks claiming that having money at your disposal is beneficial in the long-term, Newcastle desperately need to utilise their financial muscle in the short-term.
Working with the players we currently have clearly isn’t working. We are winless in 14 games and in danger of being cut adrift.
The January window cannot come some enough and Howe urgently needs an injection of quality to bolster the side’s prospects of beating the drop.
If we were languishing in mid-table, then the need to splash the cash wouldn’t be constantly resurfacing and the club’s new owners could focus on building the infrastructure within and around the club.
But there is a danger that if PIF don’t act in January, then we could be staring down the barrel of playing in the Championship next season.
Roll on January 1st – it cannot come soon enough.
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