Burnley head to Ireland as they prepare for start of Europa League

Burnley have announced a pre-season tour to Ireland as they prepare for the start of Europa League campaign at end of July.

Sean Dyche’s side will base themselves near Cork for a five-day training camp before playing a friendly against Airtricity Premier Division champions Cork City at their Turner’s Cross ground on July 13.

The Clarets’ pre-season plans, which take into account the start of the club’s Europa League campaign at the end of July, also include a trip to neighbours Preston North End for a second successive season and two games at Turf Moor against European opposition.

Dyche’s side will face Montpellier, who last season finished 10th in Ligue 1, and is then expected to meet opposition from the Spanish top flight a week before the Premier League campaign kicks off on August 11.

The Clarets will send a side to Macclesfield Town, who have just clinched promotion back to the Football League, and to National League North side Curzon Ashton, where Burnley’s U23s will play again next season.