Burnley boss Sean Dyche insists there’s no resentment towards Chris Wood over his move to Newcastle.
The Magpies exercised a release clause in Wood’s contract last week to snatch the 30-year-old away, boosting their own striking options while depriving Burnley of a player who scored 53 goals in 165 games for the Clarets.
“It wasn’t a perfect scenario to lose a player who’s done very well for us and for himself as well,” Dyche said.
“He’s a good player. He’s been quieter this season but you look at the record for us, you look at what he’s achieved as an individual.
“But it’s happened before, we’ve been down this road before with Andre Gray, Sam Vokes, Danny Ings, Charlie Austin. These are the challenges.
“I think we’ve got a strong group, that group mentality is going to be important going forward and there’ll be a possible view of the market as well, obviously.”
Dyche said conversations with the board over finance for moves was “constant”, but with an unexpected £25million landing in the coffers following Wood’s exit the options have certainly increased.
“It’s a double-edged sword,” Dyche said. “We didn’t want to lose Woody, there’s no two ways about that, but on the other hand there’s a lot of comments that it’s a lot of money for that player etc.
“But money doesn’t solve everything. It gives you a better option in recruitment but you’ve still got to get the right players and January is still a tough window. These are the realities. It’s done now and we’ve got to move forward.”