Dyche is unfazed by potential Barton ban over gambling
Burnley boss Sean Dyche is relaxed about the Football Association charge hanging over Joey Barton after the possibility of a ban was worked into contract negotiations.
Barton earlier this week rejoined the Clarets on a deal until the end of the season following a brief and ill-fated stint at Rangers, but he has also been charged by the FA with allegedly placing 1,260 bets over a 10-year period.
The midfielder's hopes of making an impact received a boost yesterday when the FA granted him more time to prepare his defence against the charge, which could carry a fine and/or suspension. He now has until January 31.
Referring to the FA charge, Dyche said: "We're well aware of it, but that's personal to him. It's not about us.
"We've come to a mutual agreement with him and his advisors how that would work."
Barton is likely to feature in tomorrow's FA Cup third-round clash at Sunderland.
"There's no guarantee on how much of a part he plays but he's in the pack," said Dyche.