Burnley manager Sean Dyche has been linked with the vacancy at Sunderland following Dick Advocaat’s decision to quit after ensuring their Premier League safety.
However, the club's newly appointed sporting director, Frank McParland believes Dyche still has unfinished business with the Clarets and wants to remain at the Lancashire club.
"He's made a real name for himself so I'm not surprised about the links but I know he's very happy here," McParland told the Lancashire Telegraph.
"He was a big part in me coming here and I'm really hopeful that we'll both start off the season. It was Sean who made the initial call to me, and I went to have a coffee with him and his assistant Ian Woan.
"There was no offer of a job at that stage, then I met with the owner and the chief executive at the time Lee (Hoos) and gave them my ideas, the things I'd spoken to Sean about. They asked me to join, which I was delighted with.
"Sean has done loads for this club and he wants to do a lot more. Burnley is such an historic club and he's really keen to push it on."
It is a credit to Dyche's work that despite seeing Burnley relegated to the Championship, speculation regarding him being linked with Premier League clubs continues. Burnley finished 18th in the table and the objective now is to return to England's top flight.
However, McParland says he is resigned to losing striker Danny Ings following the club’s relegation from the Premier League. His contract expires at the end of June.
"Obviously, we're going to lose a couple of top players, definitely we're going to lose one by the looks of it," he added.
"It's not impossible to replace Danny Ings but it's very difficult. There's certainly money there to spend. I'll be working very hard with the boss and everyone at the club to try to get some decent ones in."
Real Sociedad club president Jokin Aperribay has since admitted it is 'highly unlikely' that Ings will move to Spain, as per the Lancashire Telegraph. The race is heating up for the 22-year-old's signature and Burnley appear to be looking elsewhere to strengthen their goalscoring department next season.
Is there anyone available that is half the player Ings was for Burnley? The Championship is a totally different standard and Dyche knows what it is like to lose experienced campaigners.