Officials at Burnley say they hope to still have manager Sean Dyche in charge at the start of next season.
Dyche has been strongly linked with the vacant post at Sunderland after Burnley’s relegation to the Championship and remains the bookies favourite for the manager’s job at the Stadium of Light.
That is despite no contact between the two parties, as reported by the Echo.
But Burnley’s new sporting director Frank McParland is hoping to keep hold of his manager.
McParland told BBC Radio Lancashire: “I’m not surprised [by the rumours].
“I know he’s very happy here, he was a big part of me coming here and I’m really hopeful we’ll both start off the season here.”
The 43-year-old former Watford boss guided Burnley to automatic promotion to the Premier League in his first full season after replacing Eddie Howe.