Sean Dyche has taken to the Sunderland Echo to play down any speculation linking him with a move to Wearside, confirming that all his focus is currently on his job with Championship side Burnley.
Dyche said: “It’s a paper story. That’s all I know, my focus is still here, that’s all I can do. Somehow I’m engaged in that. I’m not. I’m here, I want to win games, I’m getting on with it.”
Dyche is considered one of the best young English managers in the game, promoting Burnley to the Premier League, and doing his best to keep them in the top fight.
He did all of this on a tiny budget, and although they were relegated last season, the Clarets are once again fighting at the top end of the second division this season.
The 44-year-old’s impressive work has seen him linked with the vacant managerial chair at the Stadium of Light, with the Mail claiming that the Black Cats’ board are big fans of the former Watford man.
Despite these links with a quick path back to the Premier League, Dyche has confirmed that his current focus is on Burnley, and it is easy to see why.
Keeping the Wearside club in the top flight would be an exceptionally hard task, whilst Dyche is currently on task to challenge for promotion from the Championship this season.
Getting Burnley back in the Premier League seems like an easier job than keeping Sunderland up there, and Dyche's focus on his current club is wise.