Sean Dyche reacts to Advocaat replacement reports, admits speculation is flattering

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has played down talk of a move to Sunderland.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has told the Burnley Express that isn't thinking about taking over at Sunderland, despite recent speculation linking him with a move.

Dyche, 44, has established himself as one of the brightest young managers in the country since taking the reins at Turf Moor, and he stunned many when he earned automatic promotion with the Clarets in 2014.

Burnley suffered immediate relegation back to the Championship in May, but that hasn't hurt Dyche's reputation, with the performances from his team impressing fans and pundits last season.

Dyche will be expected to launch another bid for promotion this term, but that's only if he sees out the season with the Clarets following speculation over his future.

The Mirror noted that he and Patrick Vieira are being considered by Sunderland as potential replacements for Dick Advocaat, who remains winless in the Premier League this season after seven games.

The Black Cats are struggling, and if Advocaat is sacked or decides to quit, Sunderland need a quick replacement as they bid for Premier League survival already.

Despite the rumours of a move to the Stadium of Light, Dyche has told the Burnley Express that whilst he is flattered, he is focusing on his side's game against Rotherham United this weekend.

"I shouldn’t and won’t be thinking too deeply about it," said Dyche. "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," he added.

Ultimately, if Sunderland come calling for Dyche, it may be difficult for the Burnley boss to snub a return to the top flight - but for now, his commitment lies with Burnley, and seemingly won't waver unless Sunderland do make a move.

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