Burnley boss pours cold water over Sunderland links

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has played down suggestions he could be set to take over from Dick Advocaat at Sunderland, reports the Daily Mail.

The Black Cats are in turmoil after a winless start to the season, with sporting director Lee Congerton and Advocaat said to be on the brink of leaving the Stadium of Light, perhaps even after the game with West Ham.

Dyche is said to be the top target should the Dutchman depart, but has poured cold water over reports he is line to take the reins in the North East – describing the link as a ‘paper story’.

‘My focus is here, that’s all I can do. It’s nothing to do with me’, said the 44-year old – who watched his Clarets side dispose of struggling Rotherham.

Despite relegation from the top tier last season, the former Watford boss carved himself a glowing reputation as Burnley remained competitive despite a relatively meagre budget.

The Clarets beat then champions Manchester City during their Premier League adventure, and are on track to challenge for an immediate return, sitting third in the Championship.