Sean Dyche comments on speculation linking him with Aston Villa job

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The Burnley manager has been tipped as one of the favourite to succeed Remi Garde.

Sean Dyche has told reporters that media talk of him being a frontrunner to replace Remi Garde at Aston Villa is based on "nothing" and insisted he is only focused on getting the Clarets back into the Premier League, as quoted by the Lancashire Telegraph.

The 44-year-old has been mentioned alongside such names as David Moyes and Steve Bruce to take charge of the Premier League bottom club in the Championship next season.

Dyche has impressed since joining Burnley after leaving Watford in October 2012, leading them to promotion from the Championship in his first full season at Turf Moor after ultimately finishing 11th the previous campaign.

He kept his job at the Clarets despite suffering relegation in the club's first season back in the Premier League, and has recovered to lead the club to sit top of the Championship table with just eight matches remaining this season.

That has seen him emerge as a favourite to take control at Villa Park, but speaking to reporters ahead of Burnley's clash with Brighton this weekend he distanced himself from the reports.

Dyche told the media, as quoted by the Lancashire Telegraph: "It’s one of them situations. I’ve had a few over the last year or so. I don’t take it lightly, it’s a paper story. We know how that can work.

"[However], we’re making a good fist of what we can achieve here. That’s my focus, it’s the team’s focus, we want to get Burnley in the Premier League.

"There’s a lot of things said, a lot of angles, a lot of connections over nothing. My focus is here."

Dyche's strong pedigree in leading Burnley through Championship promotion races would likely make him an attractive target for Villa's revamped board as they prepare themselves for the culture shock of relegation.

However, there are thought to be several contenders, with a report this week claiming that ex-Swansea City boss Garry Monk is keen to put himself in the frame for the job.

Meanwhile, former Chelsea and Newcastle manager Ruud Gullit, who has not coached in England for 17 years, admitted he would consider a return to management if he was approached.

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