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Burnley to keep key men

Majority shareholder Brendan Flood says Burnley must be more ambitious when they return to the Premier League next season and has stressed the importance of 'keeping the best people'.

Burnley's previous spell in the top flight lasted just one season as Owen Coyle switched to Bolton Wanderers midway through the 2009/10 campaign and Brian Laws was unable to stave off the threat of relegation.

But they have clinched promotion back from the Championship this term and Flood is confident of putting right the mistakes that were made last time.

One of his main priorities is to make sure that none of Burnley's key men leave this summer, having seen the likes of forward Danny Ings and boss Sean Dyche attract attention for their achievements.

"I think we know we've got to be more ambitious than last time, but I think we can do it with more skill," Flood told the Lancashire Telegraph.

"It is all about keeping hold of the best people and that's something that we plan to do.

"We're definitely more educated now and that will give us more opportunity to get it right.

"Last time I think we had less time to prepare and we weren't familiar with the landscape, all the people you meet and the challenges."

Flood admits it is a special time for everyone at the club and is already looking forward to Burnley's return to the Premier League.

He said: "I'm just unbelievably excited that we're going to be back in the Premier League, it's a dream being a Burnley lad.

"It's amazing for us to have done it, we're all pinching ourselves. It's going to be all about hard work but let's enjoy it now.

"I think we've got a recipe and hopefully we keep it. We've just got to keep all the best people in the building."

Flood also revealed that he has a plan to stop Dyche being tempted to leave one day.

"I know he likes a pair of shoes and I promised him a new pair if we got promoted," he added.

"So let's just keep ordering shoes for him and he'll stay!"