Burnley chairman Mike Garlick accepts the club will have to “constantly improve” if they are to keep Sean Dyche at Turf Moor.
The 45-year-old was nominated for the Premier League Manager of the Season award and Garlick knows he faces a battle to keep hold of his ambitious English manager.
“If we’re successful, he’s always going to be on lists,” admitted Garlick.
“We just have to make sure we’re hungry enough to keep driving things forwards and keep improving, and hopefully that keeps him motivated.”
“It increases speculation but on the other hand, players we’re looking to recruit look at Sean and think, ‘Yep, I want to work for this guy’, so it can only improve the recruitment.
“We’ve got to constantly improve and look to strengthen year-on-year, otherwise the challenge for any manager would decrease, the stimulation of the project would decrease.
“We’ve got to look forward and improve year-on-year. Staying in the league has to be the priority. But look at where the table was four weeks ago, I think half the division could have gone down if they had a bad run.”
Dyche became the first Burnley manager in more than 40 years to keep Burnley in the top flight of English football for consecutive seasons.