After an outstanding 2017-18 season which saw Burnley finish seventh in the Premier League, the Clarets entered European competition for the first time in 51 years.
That outstanding achievement, alongside Burnley’s form throughout the year, earned manager Sean Dyche backing to go on to manage England, and comparisons with Atletico Madrid mastermind Diego Simeone.
With the joint lowest wages in the league (as reported by Sky), European qualification was as close to a miracle England’s top flight had seen since Leicester City lifted the title two years prior.
It was a testament to the grit and organisation Sean Dyche had instilled in his players.
Six months on from their seventh-place finish, however, Burnley sit seventeenth having made their worst start to a Premier League season in history.
Sean Dyche is remaining calm, however, and as should the board behind the scenes.
After only two wins and nine points from their opening 13 matches, there is certainly cause for concern in Lancashire.
Yet the reality is that after making the earliest start to the season of all English clubs, Dyche is due time to turn things around.
With four players currently missing from the squad due to injury – including star goalkeeper Nick Pope – Burnley’s season may only truly start to take off after the busy festive period, six months after the start of their brief European adventure.
As Dyche continues to keep a level head with questions being asked of his squad, he’s made it clear that he’s ready to work with what manpower is already available to him and is still thinking long-term; just as Burnley should if they consider their managerial options.