Burnley boss Sean Dyche has rubbished claims from Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez that the Magpies cannot compete financially with the Clarets.
The Spaniard had surprisingly stated on Monday that he felt the north east side were unable to fight with the like of fellow newly promoted sides Brighton or Huddersfield when it came to both transfer spend and wage expenditure, and he ended up including Dyche’s Burnley team that were ahead of the Magpies.
However, speaking to the press on Tuesday, the English manager made sure to rubbish the suggestions, insisting that the Clarets are not comparable with Newcastle, the Seagulls or the Terriers when it comes to the money which is invested in the players’ wages.
He was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: “Someone sent me that, we’re probably not the best example to use.
“Certainly not on wages. I don’t think we’re up there yet. It’s probably stretching it a little bit to include us in that. I’d be surprised if we’re thrown in the mix with that company on a wage scale.
“But I understand his point, trying to bring some reality that Newcastle historically have probably been more powerful financially than at this moment.
“One of the things he said was, ‘if you want a top striker, it’s £40m’. He’s right there.”
The Clarets broke their transfer record over the summer when they signed former Leeds United striker Chris Wood for a reported £15million, one of six new signings through the door at Turf Moor.
In comparison the Magpies, who made the same number of summer signings, have not seen their own biggest spend broken for over a decade, with the £16million capture of Michael Owen back in 2005 their most expensive signing to date, the longest standing transfer record in the Premier League.
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