Sean Dyche has brushed off speculation that he could be a target for Sunderland, if Dick Advocaat leaves the Stadium of Light.
Despite repeatedly rubbishing suggestions over recent weeks that he could walk away from Sunderland, Advocaat remains the favourite with the bookmakers to be the first Premier League manager this season to leave his post.
Basement boys Sunderland have managed just two points from their opening seven games and head into this weekend’s visit of West Ham still looking for their maiden league victory.
That prompted speculation earlier this week that Burnley boss Dyche could be a potential replacement for Advocaat if there is yet another managerial change at Sunderland.
Dyche was among the options Sunderland were considering during the summer prior to Advocaat’s U-turn over extending his Black Cats tenure and is known to have his admirers in the club’s hierarchy.
But prior to Burnley’s clash against Rotherham tonight, Dyche said: “I haven’t read the reports, but I was told me about them.
“I shouldn’t and won’t be thinking too deeply about it.
“It is flattering that there is, and it is only alleged, interest, but it is - with all due respect - just a paper story.
“I’m focused on what we are doing here and the game at Rotherham.”