Burnley boss Sean Dyche has again insisted that he has had no contact with Sunderland, as speculation continues over Dick Advocaat’s future at the Stadium of Light.
There have been widespread reports that Advocaat will quit as Sunderland head coach after today’s clash against West Ham after just eight games of the campaign.
Advocaat denied those suggestions at a tense pre-match press conference yesterday and cut short the section reserved for the national media after being repeatedly asked about his future.
But the ex-Holland manager has made no secret of his frustration at the impact of Sunderland’s summer signings or the calibre of those new arrivals.
There have also been suggestions that sporting director Lee Congerton could leave his post at the Stadium of Light and the Echo understands there have been question marks over the pair’s future ever since the defeat at Bournemouth a fortnight ago.
If Advocaat departs, Sunderland will be looking for their sixth manager in four years, with Dyche pencilled in to be a leading contender for the position.
Dyche was under consideration prior to Gus Poyet’s appointment two years ago and is known to have his admirers in the Sunderland boardroom.
But the Burnley manager again distanced himself from those reports after the Clarets’ 2-1 victory over Rotherham last night.
“I was asked about this the other day, at the end of the day, I know it’s a paper story, that’s all I know,” he said.
“My focus is here, that’s all I can do. It’s nothing to do with me, it’s a paper story. I know nothing of that.”