Sean Dyche has dismissed speculation linking him with a move back to the Premier League with Sunderland.
The Burnley boss has been among the favourites for the vacant Black Cats post ever since Dick Advocaat handed in his notice on Sunday following the draw with West Ham United.
Ex-Hammers boss Sam Allardyce remains the clear favourite but bookmakers have slashed Dyche’s odds to as short as 3/1.
He has moved to dismiss the speculation though.
“It’s a paper story,” said Dyche.
“That’s all I know, my focus is still here, that’s all I can do.
“It’s nothing to do with me. I know nothing of it. It’s a story from another paper.
“Somehow I’m engaged in that. I’m not. I’m here, I want to win games, I’m getting on with it.”
Dyche added: “I shouldn’t have to answer to it really but if you want me to I’m happy getting on with what we’re doing.
“We’re trying to win games and we’ll try to win as many games as we can,” he told the Burnley Express.
Highly-rated Dyche, who is well thought of by the Sunderland board, was previously linked with the Sunderland job in the summer before Advocaat’s dramatic U-turn.