Dyche happy to take advice for Europa campaign

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Sean Dyche admits he will take advice about playing in Europe before Burnley embark on a tough Europa League campaign this summer.

The Clarets’ seventh-place finish in the Premier League sees them head into European football for the first time in 51 years, and it will be an early start to the new campaign with the first fixture scheduled for July 26.

The Lancashire outfit will need to come through three qualifying rounds before the end of Augusta just to reach the group stage, meaning pre-season will be brought forward.

Dyche does not want to alter his preparations too much as he wants his stars to be ready for action when Europe’s second-tier competition gets underway, but he will seek advice from those in the know to work out his strategy for the new challenge ahead.

‘There’s the obvious fixture side of things,’ he said. ‘There will be a slight difference in the start time for pre-season, just five or six days, we won’t go too mad with that because the player’s still need a break mentally and physically.

‘We’re open-minded about the challenge, there’s certain people I can rely on to get an opinion on the challenges that come your way.’

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