Burnley are a template for others to follow.
It is a common occurrence in English football’s top flight; a team gets promoted, the players were fantastic, the manager was even better.
Then once a ball is kicked in the Premier League, these freshly promoted clubs begin to see that the grade is a class above and are brought right back down to Earth.
Then the ability of that very same bunch of players (often with additions) gets questioned and ultimately all blame falls on the manager.
Since Owen Coyle’s departure from the club in early 2010, Burnley have built a reputation as a club that trusts their manager.
With Burnley near the end of the table, Coyle left to manage Bolton Wanderers. Coyle saved Bolton from relegation as his former club saw immediate relegation from the top flight after a 33 year absence.
Since then, clubs such as Reading, QPR and Cardiff City have seen promotion and when things were going against their favour, the manager is sacked.
In 2012 Reading secured automatic promotion back to the Premier League however, by March 2013 it seemed as if they were destined for relegation. They sacked manager Brian McDermott.
That same season QPR finished bottom with Harry Redknapp in charge but the problem wasn’t that season. The season before, QPR had just been promoted and again, when results weren’t going there way they sacked Neil Warnock and appointed Mark Hughes.
Hughes dug deep for a 17th place finish and could barely lift them off the bottom the season after.
Then it was Cardiff’s turn. In the 2013/14 season Cardiff City gained promotion from the championship for the first time in their history under manager Malky Mackay.
After fall out’s with the owner and poor results, Mackay was sacked.
All three clubs mentioned above have not returned to the Premier League since, which raises the question – if you are going to be relegated, why not start your promotion fight under a manager that has done it before with that club?
It seems that this was Burnley’s thought trail and their patient owners have reaped the rewards.
In 2014 they got back to playing top flight under the guidance of Sean Dyche, albeit for just one season.
In spite of their relegation, Burnley stuck with Dyche and just in the last week have cemented their place in the 2016/17 Premier League season.
It would appear they are a template for the future.