Burnley boss Sean Dyche refused to avert his gaze from his Turf Moor tenure after celebrating five years at the helm with victory over Newcastle.
Republic of Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick scored the only goal of the game and his winner lifted the east Lancashire outfit to seventh in the Premier League, three points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.
Burnley’s sold start to the campaign, which has seen the Clarets lose just twice, has boosted the reputation of Dyche, who has been strongly linked with the vacant managerial position at Everton.
“I just keep getting on with my job, it’s as simple as that,” said Dyche. “We just keeping getting on with it. That’s my focus and my team’s focus.
“We have to plan in the boardroom but generally we take each game as it comes. We keep that clarity of thought and I keep that clarity of thought myself. It’s been an interesting five years and we are still going.”
Newcastle counterpart Rafael Benitez, meanwhile, urged his side to be more street-wise after they slipped to their first defeat in five matches. The Magpies are 14th after 10 matches.
“I’m really disappointed,” said Benitez. “It was a game we were controlling and we knew that scoring one goal would win it. We made a mistake and we paid for it.
“We have some good things but sometimes we are missing being more precise on the ball and being more clinical.”
Newcastle entered the clash with only one win in 15 Premier League away matches but when the showdown eventually witnessed some incisive football, it was the Magpies who obliged. Striker Ayoze Perez’s curling effort from 20 yards five minutes into the second period was palmed away by Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope.
The hosts opened the scoring on 74 minutes when Hendrick kept his composure to control the ball and guide it into an unguarded net from Johann Gudmundsson’s wicked cross after Newcastle stopper Rob Elliot had thwarted ex-Southampton midfielder Jack Cork.
Recalled frontman Ashley Barnes played a one-two with Hendrick and forced Elliot into evasive action with minutes remaining, before Newcastle pressed for a leveller in stoppage-time.
Former Arsenal midfielder Isaac Hayden rifled an effort from the edge of the penalty area which was tipped behind by Pope, while full-back Javier Manquillo’s flicked header narrowly evaded the former Charlton goalkeeper’s crossbar.