Burnley FC: Clarets’ back in the hunt for Europe, say journalists who follow the club

Burnley will finish in the European places this season, according to a top sports presenter.

Sky Sports’ Vinnie O’Connor believes Sean Dyche’s Clarets are more than capable of regaining their Europa League status.

They played in Europe last season, but failed to make it to the group stages after being beaten by Greek side Olympiakos.

However, they are in great form once again this season and could get into the top four if they win at high-flying Leicester tomorrow.

“I think they can definitely do it, they’re up in seventh already,” said O’Connor.

“They’ve got a big opportunity there and this something I’ve spoke to Sean about.

Vinnie O’Connor at Dyche’s midweek press conference yesterday

“I think the ambition for everyone at this club is to get into Europe, and they’re certainly taking steps toward this.”

Dyche has been in charge at Turf Moor for seven years, and their qualification for Europe two seasons ago is one of the great Premier League success stories.

Andrew Jones, who works for the Athletic, praised the manager’s influence on the side.

“The players have spoken about their renewed sense of confidence and fitness levels and they’ve taken that momentum forward with them,” said Jones.

“They were really really good at the end of last season and now they’re back to being Burnley.”

Jones was full of praise for the manager

Dyche’s men sit five places higher than they did this time last season, with four more points, and will be looking to leave the King Power with a result.

With two tough tests against Chelsea and Sheffield United to follow this weekend, the Clarets are determined to fight for their European dream.

By Owen Thompson. Twitter: @Owen_Thompson98.