Howe to learn from "tough season"
Burnley boss Eddie Howe will take valuable lessons learned from his first full season in charge at Turf Moor.
The Clarets complete their npower Championship programme at home to Bristol City on Saturday, and the fact they could finish anywhere from 10th to 14th in the table in some ways epitomises a frustrating inconsistent campaign.
Early-season strugglers were banished as scintillating run of winter form fired the Clarets into play-off contention. Another slump in the new year put paid to those ambitions before a spurt of three wins in four games around Easter offered a tantalising glimpse of what might have been for an improving young squad.
"It's been a tough season, but you learn so much when perhaps things are slightly more difficult," Howe told Burnley's official website. "I think we have learned a great deal about the nature of the club, the supporters and what they want to see.
"It's been a testing season at times and we didn't have a great start, which didn't help. But I think when you reflect back on the season as a whole we've come a long way."
He added: "Individually, there have been some really good seasons from a lot of players and when you look at the ages of the players and their attributes I think it's a good sign."