Wednesday 23 January 2019

Cork hails Clarets' Dyche factor

Burnley's Jack Cork
Burnley's Jack Cork

Jack Cork is happy to be playing under Sean Dyche at Burnley after admitting the revolving door in the Swansea manager's office unsettled players last season.

Cork moved to Turf Moor in a deal worth up to £10million last month, ending two-and-a-half years in south Wales during which he played under five managers, including two-time caretaker Alan Curtis.

Last term proved particularly turbulent, with Francesco Guidolin, Bob Bradley, Curtis and, finally, Paul Clement, taking to the dugout.

Clement finally won the season-long battle against relegation but Cork believes the constant changes behind the scenes proved unhelpful and has linked up with Dyche, who is the third longest-serving boss in the top flight. "It was tough with the change of managers at Swansea, it did affect us last year," he said.

"They probably made the right decisions with the managers in the end but it did affect us. It's good to come to a stable club with the manager here. The board and players trust him and enjoy working with him. Everyone has seen things in the way he does things and how he works. Trust in him has paid off and he's shown what a good manager he can be."

Cork's Clarets debut should come on Saturday at champions Chelsea, the club where he started his career.

"I do always look forward to Chelsea because I never really got chance to play there - I was always on loan," he said.

Meanwhile, Burnley have acquired more back-up for England goalkeeper Tom Heaton by signing Adam Legzdins from Birmingham. Paul Robinson, who served as their second-choice stopper last term, retired over the summer.

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